Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask

As the name suggests, this Fresh Face Mask is very much Rose based. Roses aren’t just beautiful flowers, the oil that the petals produce has numerous benefits for the skin.

Rosy Cheeks is quite a simple face mask. A blend of Rose, Calamine and Kaolin are basically the only ingredients meaning this mask is perfect for sensitive skins.

Kaolin, or China clay, is a naturally occurring porous soft clay rich in the mineral, kaolinite. Its ability to absorb moisture into itself means it is an excellent ingredient to support product formulas that are self-preserving, by hiding water within itself away from bacteria, yeasts or molds. It also absorbs the impurities from the skin making it an effective cleanser.

Calamine powder is mainly zinc oxide, a white powder, with a dash of iron oxide, combining to produce a pretty, light pink powder. It is a very gentle ingredient on the skin and has great cleansing and PH balancing qualities. However, it’s main benefit is that it’s incredibly (and gently) soothing and calming for the skin.

The main feature is of course the Rose. Rosy Cheeks contains Turkish rose in three forms. An oil, an infusion and in a clay. Roses are the Queen of Soothing and this is why this particular mask is perfect for anyone suffering with any irritation, any redness, sunburn or any sort of inflammation.

The scent of rose is used by aromatherapists to lift the mood and restore balance, Rosy Cheeks is gorgeously scented with a strong and almost powdery rose scent.

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Because of it’s really smooth clay-like texture it’s easily applied to the face and immediately starts the soothing action, especially when it’s taken directly from the fridge where it’s supposed to be stored. A great thing about Rosy Cheeks is that unlike most of Lush’s other masks, it doesn’t dry out that much or become flaky at all.

I really love this mask, it makes my skin feel so good after and is beautifully mattefying once washed off. It’s great for use in the summer to help with sunburn or when you’re feeling flushed.

Check it out on the website here.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Kaolin, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Calamine Powder, Rose Clay, Rose Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Perfume

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Face, Face And Body Masks, Face Masks

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

Brazened Honey is a great mask for a detox and for when you want to reawaken tired skin. It contains many ingredients designed to deeply cleanse, improve circulation and brighten the complexion.

This bright mustard coloured mask contains a multitude of Ayurvedic herbs and spices. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. A lot of the treatments are plant based, using herbs and spices.

Fresh Fennel is used for it’s antibacterial properties to cleanse the skin and is also very stimulating, getting the blood flowing to the skin, reawakening the complexion. Anti-inflammatory Ginger and soothing Clove Bud Oil are also effective stimulants.

Turmeric is added for it’s soothing and antioxidant qualities and Parsley, Coriander and Cardamom also feature to help purify the skin.

Other fantastic cleansing ingredients are Kaolin, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion and Fresh Lime Juice. Kaolin, which features in a lot of Lush’s fresh face masks makes up a majority of the base and draws out impurities. The infusion of the three botanicals is not only antiseptic but also help to balance the skin’s sebum production and refreshing Lime Juice brightens and eats away at any excess oils.

Brazened Honey also features Honey and Free-Range Eggs so sadly this product isn’t currently vegan. Honey is not only naturally anti-bacterial, it’s also incredibly moisturising, whilst protein rich Eggs contain lots of vitamin A which helps to maintain healthy skin by regulating sebum production.

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I love the feeling of my skin after using this face mask, it feels so smooth and polished due to it containing Ground Almond Shells to give a light exfoliation, but also because of the wonderful purifying ingredients. It really gives me a glow and is perfect for those sluggish mornings! Personally, I’m not a massive fan of the spicy, herbal scent but I can definitely look past if for the great benefits!

Take a look at Brazened Honey for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion, Fresh Organic Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel, Ground Almond Shells, Almond Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Ginger Root, Fresh Organic Parsley, Fresh Organic Coriander, Turmeric Powder, Ground Cardamom, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Vetivert Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Perfume

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask

The name of this Fresh Face Mask comes from when BBC presenters Anna Ryder Richardson and Charlie Dimmock came to the Lush factory to create a new product, and BB Seaweed was born.

BB Seaweed is a great mask for everyone as it has a multitude of benefits for all types of skin and is the perfect all rounder.

Don’t be put off by the colour or consistency, it’s grey, feels like wet clay and features little chunks of rose petals and seaweed in it but believe me it’s truly wonderful.

The first ingredient is Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction, these plants are mucilaginous, which makes them soothing when applied topically. BB Seaweed contains lots of other soothing ingredients such as Rosemary Oil, toning Rose Absolute, revitalising, mineral rich Toothed Wrack Seaweed and Seaweed Absolute and Aloe Vera Gel, all helping to calm down any redness or inflammation.

Cleansing clay based Kaolin works with antiseptic Honey to deeply cleanse the face, drawing out any impurities. It also contains mild exfoliants in the form of both Ground Almonds and Millet Flakes, helping to gently buff away dead skin cells.

Honey also helps to moisturise and protect the skin along with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

For those looking for a good mask to tone and tighten then this might be a good one to go for. Rosemary, Patchouli, Violet Leaf and Rose are all astringent, helping the pores to contract.

Whenever I use BB Seaweed my face feels remarkably softer, it’s my go to when simply, I just want my skin to feel extra nice. It isn’t drying whatsoever, nor does it add to any excess oils, in fact Bentone Gel and Rose should help to balance out any excess sebum issues. Perfect for those with ‘combination’ skin.

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On the face, it is instantly soothing, especially when it’s taken straight from the fridge which is where it needs to be kept due to the completely fresh ingredients. It’s not particularly scented but it gets a natural scent from the earthy and herbal components.

I could go on and on talking about the benefits of this wonderful mask but you should definitely find out for yourself over on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction, Kaolin, Honey, Glycerine, Ground Almonds, Toothed Wrack Seaweed, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Millet Flakes, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Rose Petals, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Citral, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask

Mask of Magnaminty is one of Lush’s best sellers. It’s a minty, multi purpose mask that has been around for a long while and people come back for it time and time again.

Mask of Magnaminty is a mask that you can use all over your body and not just your face. Now I don’t see why you couldn’t use all masks over your body too, but this one is specifically made for both.

Like all face (and body) masks you apply Mask of Magnaminty to the desired area and leave on for ten to fifteen minutes, before washing off with warm water.

Mineral-rich Bentone Gel and Kaolin form the mask’s base. Both of these clay based ingredients are great at absorbing any excess oils and sebum on the skin, however this doesn’t mean that Mask of Mag is drying. The addition of lots of antibacterial honey makes this mask rather hydrating as well.

Ground Aduki Beans and Evening Primrose Seeds make up the mask’s effective exfoliant. It’s great for polishing the skin and clearing dead skin cells when removing the mask, but because it’s such a gentle scrub, it’s perfect for anyone troubling with irritation after a stronger exfoliation.

The minty scent comes from Peppermint Oil, which has been added to stimulate blood cells under the surface of the skin, leaving your skin looking healthier and refreshed. It also gives Mask of Mag a lovely cooling, tingling feeling when it’s on.

This product also contains Chlorophyllin, which helps balance the skin’s sebum production and is what gives Mask of Magnaminty it’s fresh green colour.

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I agree with the many who love Mask of Magnaminty. It’s so refreshing for my skin and it feels a lot more rejuvenated afterwards. I use it whenever I get breakouts, especially on my chest because of the great spot fighting qualities it has!

You can check out Mask of Magnaminty for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Bentone Gel, Kaolin, Honey, Talc, Organic Ground Aduki Beans, Glycerine, Evening Primrose Seeds, Peppermint Oil, Tagetes Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Limonene, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Methylparaben


SELF PRESERVING ALERT

Lush also make this product in a self preserving variety, which means it helps keep itself clean and fresh without the help of synthetic preservatives.

The original formula contains something called Methylparaben, which is a safe synthetic preservative. The use of parabens have been very controversial in recent years because of a 2004 study which found traces of parabens in breast cancer tumours. This formed the basis of a theory that parabens, which can weakly mimic the hormone oestrogen, can disrupt hormones and increase the risk of breast cancer. However, further studies have found no evidence to support this. In spite of believing them to be safe, Lush use a much less quantity than what the EU regulations even permits. Read a fantastic article about all this here.

Nonetheless, Lush created a self preserving version of Mask of Magnaminty to ensure customers happiness and for those still unsure on their stance.

In this version, more Honey has been added to act as the preservative because it’s naturally antibacterial. The extra honey in this formula gives the mask a more luxurious, thicker texture than its preserved counterpart – meaning it does not dry on your skin in the same way as the preserved version. Though really, it’s all down to personal preference.

Self Preserved Version Ingredients

Honey, Kaolin, Bentone Gel, Talc, Glycerine, Organic Ground Aduki Beans, Evening Primrose Seeds, Peppermint Oil, Tagetes Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Limonene, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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Face, Under Eye Masks

Mortal Kombu Under Eye Mask

As someone who suffers with v bad dark circles, I’m always on the look out for something to combat this. When Lush unveiled this product for the first time for the UK at their Manchester Lush Showcase I had to get my hands on one.

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The best thing about Mortal Kombu is how simple it is. It literally is just a piece of seaweed. No packaging. No hassle. Honestly what can’t seaweed do?

This innovative product is cut from 100% sustainable, mineral rich Kombu Seaweed which is sourced in Japan. The growers and harvesters know the importance of maintaining the environment of their kelp forests to keep their business sustainable, this is why they work on numerous marine conservation projects and do regular beach and seabed cleaning. Kombu Seaweed, like all seaweed, is perfect for its toning and calming effects on the skin.

To use you simply soak the mask in warm water (such as in the bath) for a few minutes to allow the seaweed to moisten and thicken, then separate along the perforation into two halves which fit neatly under the eyes. Leave on for around ten minutes then remove and massage in the soothing seaweed gel left behind.

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The mask really feels super nice on the skin once applied, I left mine on for more like twenty minutes because it felt so good! A great thing about this mask is that unlike some eye masks, Mortal Kombu gives you the option of keeping your eyes open!

Infused into the seaweed we also have Witch Hazel Extract and Green Tea Infusion and Extract. Witch Hazel is ideal to maintain healthy skin as it prevents bacteria growth and is known for it’s anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. And like when you drink Green Tea for it’s antioxidant quality, it has the same effect on the skin, leaving it soothed, clear and firm.

As already mentioned, once you remove the masks you’re left with a lovely gel on your skin that is great to rub all into your under eye area and because it produces quite a lot, you can do your whole face too! My eyes feel so rejuvenated after this mask and the skin there feels noticeably healthier and stronger.

Although you can purchase this product at the Naked Shops in Milan and now recently opened Berlin, it’s not a staple of UK stores just yet, but I hope it will be in the future as I’d really love to use this product again!

Ingredients

Kombu Seaweed, Green Tea Infusion, Green Tea Extract, Witch Hazel Extract

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

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Oatifix was invented by a group of Lush store managers who took part in a ‘Ready Steady Create’ weekend, they wanted to create a face mask that was gently exfoliating and suitable for dry and sensitive skin.

Oats are a fantastic thing. Not only a nutritious food source, they’ve also been used for thousands of years to soothe skin and relieve itching and inflammation. Oats contain polysaccharides (carbohydrates) which become gelatinous when mixed with water and leaves a protective film on the skin.

The Oatmeal, Ground Almonds and Kaolin work together for a gently exfoliating base which helps remove dead skin as you take it off.

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Whilst on the skin, you can already feel the hydrating properties get to work, Oatifix feels really luxurious the whole time it sits on the skin due to the buttery rich texture. Although Lush say to keep it on for around 10 to 15 minutes, I definitely think the longer you can leave this particular mask on, the better it gets!

The Fresh Banana in this product is what gives it it’s richness, bananas are full of vitamins and minerals and are perfect for softening the skin. Also adding to the moisturising qualities we have Illipe Butter, which is often regarded as the richest of butters.

The addition of Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil and Benzoin Resinoid contribute to the lovely scent of this face mask, it’s smells like honey almond breakfast porridge, tempting enough to eat!

Oatifix leaves you feeling superbly hydrated and soft, it’s perfect for those with dry skin, or those who simply want to boost their skin’s natural hydration! It also really works on dry patches around the body, especially around the elbows and the knees, or if your hands are in need of some moisture, use it as a hand mask!

This lovely mask is here for you to look at online.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Fine Oatmeal, Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana, Water, Ground Almonds, Organic Illipe Butter, Kaolin, Talc, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Coumarin, Benzyl Cinnamate, Linalool, Perfume, Gardenia Extract

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Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

Strong, evil breakouts? Fighting for clearer skin? Cosmetic Warrior is the mask for you.

Yes it’s garlic, yes it goes on your face. Honestly the amount of times a day that customers are surprised we do a garlic face mask is too many to count. Garlic is SUPER fab at getting rid of spots and here’s why – Garlic is actually one of the worlds oldest medicines, being used for so many ailments in the past, and still today! It contains a compound called allicin which is what gives it its potent smell, but allicin is also great at deeply cleansing as it’s super antibacterial and antiseptic – making it the perfect ingredient for a spot flighting, deep cleansing face mask.

Cosmetic Warrior also contains enzymic Green Grapes which help to break down excess oils and dead skin cells, antiseptic Tea Tree Oil and a soft clay called Kaolin, which works to draw out impurities and gently cleanse.

It sounds kinda drying right? Well it’s not at all! I hate feeling dry after a face mask, but this one also contains Honey to moisturise, so I really love the feeling after using it. Lastly, the addition of protein packed Eggs help to nourish and rejuvenate the skin.

Although it has small lumps of garlic actually in the mask itself, the texture is quite smooth and it is really easy to apply and remove. After your fifteen minutes is up, yes the mask dries, but it doesn’t flake off like some others, which is honestly my number one pet peeve with other masks. In terms of smell – yes alright, when you open the lid you CAN just about smell the garlic, however when it’s actually on your face, you honestly can’t smell it at all, so don’t be put off by worrying about the strong garlic odour.

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I often use Cosmetic Warrior whenever I have a breakout. Rarely on my face because I’m one of the lucky few who rarely gets facial breakouts, but I do use it on my neck and chest, as I tend to get spots there.

It’s suitable for all types of skin, whether dry or oily, or even sensitive skins. Check it out and learn more here!

Ingredients

Kaolin, Fresh Green Grapes, Fresh Organic Free Range Eggs, Honey, Cornflour,  Glycerine, Fresh Garlic, Tea Tree Oil, Limonene, Perfume

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