For about 14 years, I’ve had almost-flawless skin. Before that, I had been on every acne treatment possible. I had to go down the Accutane route, and although this is one hell of a scary drug (which I won’t go into here), I have been acne free ever since, except for the occasional breakout of one or two pimples always on the same spot, caused by hormonal changes that one time of the month.
My skin is a bit sensitive, so I just can’t wash it every single day with regular soap. Spectro Jel used to be the only stuff that was gentle enough for my face. Although recently, having become a Lush junkie, I wanted to try their products and see how they fare compared to what I used in the past.
The Aqua Marina facial cleanser was highly recommended to me by one of the employees at Lush. It’s excellent for sensitive skin like mine. It has nori seaweed, calamine and aloe vera. The first time I tried it, although the smell was rather weird (because of the seaweed), it left my skin so soft and rosy! And you don’t need to use a lot – only the size of a pea is enough to do the job. You mix it with lukewarm water until it has the consistency of lotion, wash your face, then rinse. The seaweed will leave some green “fluffs”, so not to worry, it will come off when you rinse!
Next, the Catastrophe Cosmetic fresh face mask. Made with fresh blueberries, calamine, chamomille and almond oil, it is one of the only few vegan options, since most of them contain honey and/or eggs. I wanted something for sensitive skin, so this is the one I was recommended. Besides, I love blueberries, so how can I go wrong?
Since this is made with fresh products, you need to keep the mask in the fridge, and it is good for a couple of weeks only. That’s probably the only thing I don’t like about it, but other than that, it is amazing! I used it right after washing my face with Aqua Marina. It was a little messy, but the smell was great, and it soothed my skin like you wouldn’t believe! 5 to 10 minutes later, after taking it off, my skin was very soft, and looked extremely healthy.
Since I have to use it by mid-February, I will definitely be indulging again soon, since there was enough for a least one or two more masks!