It's been a while since I last used a Lush face mask; my skin can't keep up with this crazy weather we're having and it's gone into overdrive. Breakouts, dry patches, excess oils, you name the skin woe and my face has been sporting it for the last couple of weeks! So frustrating! I took out my frustration (albeit be politely I must add) on a very helpful Lushie in-store who recommended several of their face masks. Love Lettuce not only smelt amazing, and ticked all the right boxes, but I really do love lettuce too!
Love Lettuce is a fresh face mask, made from kaolin, honey, almonds, lavender and fullers earth making it an all rounder when it comes to kicking bad skin days in the ass! Kaolin is a brilliant cleanser and helps to absorb any excess oils, just like fullers earth. Honey we all know is amazing for our skin whatever the problem, and lavender oil is brilliant for calming, reducing redness and re-balancing body and mind. Put all that into a cute recycled little black pot and you've got a spa treatment to boot!
I was specifically looking for something that was going to exfoliate my skin, reduce redness and give my skin a more natural glow, as opposed to an oil induced slick. After a mini consultation in-store, I was advised to apply the mask at least twice a week until my skin calms down, then once a week when it was looking clearer and more manageable.
Like all Lush products, the smell is always super important - does anyone else just go in store sometimes to simply smell the place with no intention of actually buying anything? *hands up* No? Just me? The Love Lettuce face mask smells strongly of lavender so I love to use this mask as I'm getting ready for bed. Lavender is extremely soothing and relaxing, they say if you struggle sleeping you should spray lavender on your pillow or light some lavender candles/incense. So popping on this mask before you hit the hay will not only soothe your skin, but your mind too! Pair it with fluffy socks, a good brew and a book and you'll be asleep before you get a chance to wash it off! (NOTE: please do not sleep in this mask!)
After giving my face a good cleanse with my current love, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, I pat my skin dry and bring out the face mask. Remember, all Lush face masks are made from fresh ingredients so you need to store it in the fridge! I love this, purely because when you apply it to your skin its freezing cold and so refreshing! Cold face masks feel amazing in my opinion, and I'd pick them over a warming mask any day!
I massage a thin layer into my skin, all over my face, avoiding my eyes and mouth. Even if you have the odd problem patch, I'd say this is ideal to use all over your face. You'll notice when you apply the mask how gritty this one is. It's probably the most exfoliating mask of theirs I've used to date! If you/'re suffering from really dry skin you might want to skip this one.
Put your feet up and leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. I've found using a thin layer not only means you get more treatments per pot, but your mask will dry quicker too! Remember, the only bit of the mask that will actually do anything, is the bit touching your skin, so layering it up thick is pretty pointless!
Once the mask is completely dry, rinse it off with warm water. Now, this is where it gets messy! Remember I said how exfoliating it is? Somehow, the exfoliating grains seem to breed and multiple once you start rinsing off the mask, to the point where I felt like I'd stuck a wet face in a bucket of sand! It does take a while to really get everything off and my bathroom sink looked a state afterwards, but it was worth it! Make sure you're reaping all the benefits by rinsing it off in small, circular motions, to fully exfoliate your skin.
Pat dry and go about your nightly skin routine as normal! Job done!
I've been using this twice a week for 3 weeks now and I've noticed a great difference in my skin. My breakouts have dried up, redness has been reduced and those dry patches I was suffering have moistened right back up again! I'm still suffering with too oily for my liking skin, but on the whole, I'm happy with the results so far!
Have you tried Lush Love Lettuce? Or, any other Lush face masks you'd like to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,