I've never been one for taking care of my skin *tut tut*. I was more of a 'make-up wipes & water' kind of girl (sorry!) - I occasionally dabbled in the Simple range, but generally kept things to minimum and that is what worked best for me for quite some time. I have combination/dry skin and apart from a daily moisturiser I never really knew what else to use.
However recently it had not been so 'simple', I seemed to be plagued by very sore blemishes that stayed around for about two weeks at a time - always in the middle of my face - never seem to fully disappear and overall, annoyed the crap out of me.
So a month or so ago, I headed to Lush and after a lovely consultation with a girl that I wanted to hug on the way out, she was so good, I came home with;
... Pretty sure I questioned what I've been doing all these years without this magic combination.
Now I'm a huge, lifelong LUSH fan, so as a general rule you wont find a bad word about these products (unless, they're genuinely bad). I honestly think they're fantastic, and as a combination - almost heavenly! So what is this fantastic regime?
♥ Every night I now use Ultrabland - a gorgeous smelling, oily beeswax, honey & vanilla mixture, suitable for all skin types that you basically massage onto your dry skin and gently wash off with warm water on a muslin cloth or cotton pads. It brings off all my make-up, is all I'm gonna say. I wear a lot. On even some of the most stubborn makeup, it's effective without being harsh and that is probably what I love most about it. It leaves my skin feeling soft, moisturised and not irritated in the slightest. It is also Lush's 'desert island product' - it honestly works a dream, especially on my sensitive hayfever eyes!
♥ Twice a week I now use Angels on Bare Skin. An organic facial cleanser, with tiny bits of ground almonds in to make it 'scrubby' and lavender to make it smell lovely. It leaves my skin feeling moisturised, soft and fresh after a shower (take a pea size in with you, rub in your hands to make it milky and rub on your face!).
♥ Afterwards, I use Eau Roma Water. I'll admit, I was a little sceptical about something that I assumed was just water in a bottle. But it's not. It's a toner full of essential oils (lavender again, nice and relaxing!), that helps with the cleansing regime, firm your skin, get rid of any left over nasties and adds to a lovely clean feeling. Sometimes I use it on none make-up days to freshen up & clean my skin, and then again on dressed up days I sometimes spray a little over my make-up to make it nice & dewy!
♥ To finish it all off, I slap on some Celestial. I think this is possibly my favourite of them all! It's silky & smooth, contains vanilla water & almond oil (making it smell fab and extremely moisturising) and it leaves my skin feeling so soft it really is crazy. It kind of sits on your skin for a while though, so if you don't like that, try vanishing cream! You only need the smallest amount too, which in turn has made it last a really, really long time! As you can see - I've been using it for a month and not even a third has gone. (also, sorry about the mess - what can I say, it's well used).
I was advised to use this for a month to see the effects, but honestly after just one week I could see my skin was brighter, healthier looking and a spot that had been hanging around for a week finally started to disappear.
As I mentioned above, I have combination/dry skin that can be quite sensitive to harsh makeup wipes, and this works a treat for me! If you have similar skin, I couldn't recommend it more. Even if you're not, head in to your nearest Lush & I'm sure they will gladly help! I love to know that what I'm using on my face is all natural, all animal friendly and generally all wonderful - it's a lovely start to my day!
I think there is generally a bit of of a misconception that Lush only sell bathbombs but this is one skin care regime I'll be buying again & again!
Are you a LUSH fan? What's your skincare regime?