I use a lot of Lush’s Fresh Face Masks, and sales associates will normally suggest the toner tabs when they see me with a mask in my hand. I didn’t really know what they were and I always shrugged off the add-on sales pitch, but this past weekend when I visited Lush to turn in some empty containers and pick up a free mask, I was feeling a little more open to experimentation and took the sales associate up on her offer to explain the toner tabs to me.
These tablets are essentially toners that are meant to be dropped in hot water and steamed into the skin. Lush offers two options: Dream Steam, which is gentle and soothing, and Tea Tree, which is meant to help congested skin. I don’t really suffer from troubled skin, so Dream Steam was an easy choice for me.
The reason they’re sometimes associated with the masks is that the toners can work to enhance the efficacy of the masks. The sales associate suggested I use Dream Steam right before applying the mask since the warmth and steam will help open pores and the plant oils will nourish and soften skin.
When dropped in hot water, the tablet fizzes for a few seconds like a bath bomb might and then calms down to just a lightly tinted water with a few small rose petals in it. I used about 2 cups of boiling water, dropped the tablet in, and draped a towel over my head and the bowl. I let the steam sink into my skin for about 5 minutes. It’s a nice spa-like treatment, but steam isn’t my favorite thing in the world and I kept taking small breaks outside of the towel to breath.
The toner includes lavender oil, rose absolute, chamomile blue oil, and tea tree oil, but I mostly smell the rose and tea tree. After 5 minutes of hanging my head over it, I felt the heat and steam die down so I called it quits. When I took the towel off and looked in the mirror, I was really impressed – my skin was a little pink and moist from the steam, of course, but my pores looked cleaned out and the redness in my skin was calmed and my coloring looked really even. My skin felt seriously smooth and soft.
The website says that after you use the steam treatment, you can keep the toner in a spray bottle and spritz it on skin when you want an extra boost. The solution has no preservatives, so you’ll need to keep it refrigerated and it will only last a couple of days. The sales associate told me to keep the bowl of it in the fridge and just massage it into skin with fingers after cleansing skin.
Since I don’t have a spare spray bottle lying around, I took the sales associate’s advice and transferred the toner to a measuring cup that was easy to keep in the fridge and applied it generously after cleansing. It’s a bit heavier than a normal toner and I can feel a hint of oiliness in it, but it didn’t make my skin feel oily throughout the day or anything like that. I won’t be able to finish it up entirely before it goes bad, but I did see a reviewer on the Lush website suggest using it all over your body at the end of a shower, and that seems like a pretty decent way of making the most of it while it’s good.
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Perfume , Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla) , Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) ,*Citronellol , *Geraniol , *Limonene , *Linalool , Rose Petal Infusion (Rosa centifolia)
The Dream Steam tablet is just $2.95 (and the Tea Tree tab is $1.95), so it’s actually a really affordable treat for skin. I’d really enjoy using this once a month or so … I really like it!
Have you tried it? Do you have any favorite products for a night of pampering?