First up I have to mention how fabulously helpful all the staff were in the Trafford Centre branch. They all spent ages going through my skin issues which are:
- Allergies to most ingredients that are difficult to pin point
- Extreme redness due to sensitivity issues
- Enlarged pores
- Extremely dry areas that are peeling and flaking
If you have never had a nose around LUSH please don’t be put off by the over perfumed sweet fragrance that is always wafting out of their shops. They have so many different types of products, for so many types of skin it’s amazing, and I promise you not all their products are sickly sweet and blindingly colourful. If that’s not enough they also have a set of values that are probably/hopefully close to many of our hearts. Their values are:
- We believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in testing our products on humans.
- We invent our own products and fragrances, we make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients and tell you when they were made.
- We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
- We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.
- We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.
- *We also believe words like ‘Fresh’ and ‘Organic’ have an honest meaning beyond marketing.
You may have heard me touting the benefits of their Oatifix fresh face mask in previous posts. It really is a wonder product and leaves my skin soft an supple. Unfortunately I can’t use this every day so really need to find something for in-between my bi-weekly face masks. Due to the nastiness that is my dry snake-like flaky skin I came to the realisation that my normal combo of Aveeno and Simple face washes and toners are not helping me. Maybe they will be of use when my skin settles down, but right now I may as well throw them in the bin for all the use they are
When discussing what kind of facial wash I wanted with the LUSH staff I requested something very hydrating but with good exfoliation…to get rid of the flaky crap all over my face! I was recommended either Let the Good Times Roll or Angels on Bare Skin, which really is the strangest cleanser I have ever used. Kind of like a putty that you soften in your hand…
…this is really calming and soothing. I didn’t get any stinging or sensitivity issues at all. Usually after I have used a face wash my skin immediately feels dry and tight. With this it did feel dry but nowhere near as bad as usual. It may be my wistful imagination but the red blotchiness on my cheeks also seems to be calming down. Reading through reviews, others are singing it’s praises and raving about it’s effectiveness on reducing pores…here’s hoping! I’ll be doing a full and in-depth review in two weeks after I’ve put it to the test.
I invested in some Dreamwash shower smoothie because the skin of my elbows and legs are also troubling me. Despite slathering myself in un-perfumed body creams I keep waking up with scratch marks where I’ve been going at my dry skin whilst asleep…tut! Again this is a putty-like product that you scoop out and soften in your hand before applying it. The smell isn’t amazing but it’s not nasty either. I’ve been using this on my dry horrible hands for a few days and the results are great. I’m going to use this also for 14 days and then thoroughly review it.
With my face and body cleaners covered the next step was to find a nourishing moisturiser that doesn’t sit too heavy or greasy on my skin. Moisturiser is something I have to be very careful about. The amount of times I’ve pee’d my skin off by using something it doesn’t like is stupid. These days I will only buy a product if I’ve done a patch test using a sample.
The staff at LUSH were amazing and gave me samples of all the moisturisers they thought would help my skin. I would encourage anyone especially those with sensitivity issues to get samples. If a company aren’t willing to let you try before you buy or don’t have a money back guarantee then don’t waste your money with them. When it comes to skin care you want to take no chances and need companies that stand by their products whilst taking care of you!
The wonderfully helpful staff at LUSH gave me samples of Celestial, British Nanny and Skin Drink. I’ll be trying these on alternate days to get a good idea if there are any improvements or deterioration in my issues and of course I’ll be letting you know how I get on :O)
With all that said I have also paid No.7 a visit, a company I have never used before and was massively surprised at what they had on offer. I was given great advice and large samples by them also. I’ll be discussing this in a separate post in the next few days.
PEACE & LOVE
Sonya D x