Skincare

LUSH Aqua Marina facial cleanser

March 4, 2014
LUSH Aqua Marina ($12.95 for 3.5 oz.)
LUSH Aqua Marina ($12.95 for 3.5 oz.)

Aqua Marina is the most recent cleanser from Lush that I’ve been trying out. This is a thick but smooth clay-based paste heavy in soothing calamine powder and packed with three types of seaweed to nourish skin. Lush describes Aqua Marina as a calming cleanser appropriate for irritated or sensitive skin.

LUSH Aqua Marina
LUSH Aqua Marina

Because my skin is normal-ish (a little oily on my nose, a little prone to dryness on my cheeks), there are a good number of cleansers from Lush that could potentially work for me. After a conversation with a sales associate, I decided to try Aqua Marina at that point in time because it seemed like a great fit for winter.

LUSH Aqua Marina
LUSH Aqua Marina

To use Aqua Marina, you just need to take a pea-sized pinch and mix with a little water before spreading onto skin. It’s a very smooth formula that has a light but fresh scent and is easier to spread onto skin than the drier, grittier cleansers such as Angels on Bare Skin. Although Lush says that there’s a sprinkling of sea salt thrown in for gentle exfoliation, I honestly have not noticed it at all when I wash my face.

LUSH Aqua Marina
The new pot
The used pot
The used pot

The cleanser comes wrapped in seaweed, and I try to just grab a little bit of the greenery in each use. I’m finding the cleanser to be soft, gentle, and completely non-irritating and non-drying. The only thing is that some of the calamine likes to cling to skin sometimes. I really haven’t encountered any problems with it sitting on my skin, and it will come off with some toner, but some people may find any bit of residue annoying.

LUSH Aqua Marina smoothed onto skin
LUSH Aqua Marina smoothed onto skin

Here’s a peek at how it looks worked onto skin. You can see that it doesn’t lather at all, and when mixed with water it becomes pretty thin. I use it freely over my eyelids and it hasn’t once irritated my eyes. Because it smooths onto skin so well with the help of some water, I find that I don’t need to use more than a pinch of it. I’ve previously flown through my jars of Lush’s more exfoliating cleansers, making them seem like a somewhat worse value than I originally thought, but with this one I’m working my way through the jar much slower. Because they’re free of preservatives, the Lush cleansers usually have a lifespan of about 3 months and I think it will actually take me that long to use up this one.

I’m using Aqua Marina twice a day and really love it. I think it’s helped with reducing redness, and is able to do its job without leaving my skin feeling dry. I think a wide variety of skin types can enjoy this one. You can buy a 3.5 oz. pot for $12.95 or an 8.8 oz. pot for $31.95 at Lush.

Have you given Aqua Marina a try? Let me know what your experience was like!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! It will help if you have any makeup lingering on your skin, but I always use a dedicated makeup remover before cleansing in the evening, so I haven’t tested it as a makeup remover in and of itself.

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