As you may have noticed, especially if you follow me on social media, I have become a tad obsessed with LUSH. In the last couple of years, I’ve really taken my skincare seriously and have been loving the ritual of cleansing and apply face oils and moisturisers.
With no need to find a excuse for a little pampering, I was excited to get a promo email from LUSH in my inbox detailing a 4 step skincare treatment- Cleanse, Steam, Massage and Mask. As soon as I saw this, I REALLY wanted to try it for myself, craving to know how my skin would feel after such a extensive treatment. I’ve never done something so thorough with my face (I’ve definitely never steamed it!) so just wanted to experience it and give my skin some TLC.
I already had 2 of the 4 steps needed so a few days later I popped into my local LUSH store in Newmarket and purchased the goodies I needed from shop manager Jessie.
So without further ado, I give you the LUSH ritual with some extra stuff added on!
Start with your favourite LUSH Cleanser. I was tossing up between the two I have- Let The Good Times Roll and Kalamazoo. In the end I went with LTGTR as I figured it would probably be best to start with nicely exfoliated skin.
Let The Good Times Roll has become a fast favourite of mine and I use it just about daily. You can read my full review here.
Like I said before, I have never steamed my face before so I did a bit of toing and froing about where I wanted to do it. In the end I settled with filling up the bathroom sink with a jug of boiling water and popping one of the LUSH Toner Tabs.
Jessie decided that the Tea Tree Toner Tab would suit my skin best as I am prone to oily skin over dry.
The Toner Tab fizzes and dissolves within a 10 seconds or so. To get the most of the steam, place a towel over your head to trap it all in.
I expected there to be a stronger Tea Tree smell but to be honest it was pretty subtle- but that’s something I am probably still getting used to with LUSH.
Jessie said to steam my skin for about 10mins but I only lasted 5 before I got bored and over heated… next time I’ll make sure I’ve got some music playing to help keep me stimulated.
This step requires the Full Of Grace Serum which was the other product I didn’t already have. This serum is different to others that I’ve used in the past as it comes in a bar. You have to warm it up a little in your hands and then rub it on your skin.
Full Of Grace is full of essential oils and rich butters to really nourish and soothe the skin.
Fresh Face Mask
Ahhh my favourite part! I totally love Oatifix, the delicious concoction of Oats, Bananas and Ground Almonds make this my favourite out of all the LUSH Mask I’ve tried so far. I like that this mask doesn’t dry out like clay based ones so you can leave it on for AGES.
I slathered my face with as much Oatifix that I could get on and then started preparing for the next fantastic part of my pampering session…
I figured that I might as well have a luxurious bath whilst Oatifix worked it’s magic. A few Instagram followers had mentioned combining Sunny Side Bubble Bar with Big Blue Bath Bomb to create mermaid water and that was something I couldn’t resist. Once again, the wonderful Jessie at the LUSH Store demonstrated the epic fusion of the two products creating a aqua green water with gold shimmering gloriously.
Start with crumbling Sunny Side into the running bath (you need the running water to create the bubbles) and then when you are ready, release Big Blue! The seaweed and sea salt in Big Blue make your skin feel lovely and soft!
Bath Bombs like these always bring back fond memories of staying at my Nana and Grandad’s for the weekend- Bath time with Nana was so fun, she would ALWAYS have a bath bomb for us or those dissolving bath oil beads for us to play with. Then she would dry us and dust us with a big pink powder puff that always smelled so good.
I have to admit I was a little disappointed at the effect of the mermaid water compared to what had been demonstrated in the shop- it wasn’t nearly as green and sparkly BUT it was much more concentrated in the shop- next time I might use a full Sunny Side Bar (this time I just used a half) for extra sparkle.
After wonderful relaxing soak in the bath rinse off the Fresh Face Mask (use your toner water if you like) and pat your face dry for the final step.
Now that your skin has had the ultimate pampering, lock in all that moisture with a LUSH cream- My pick is Celestial which is awesome for sensitive skin and is a rich but not too super heavy moisturiser.
After all this, my skin felt incredibly soft and I was very relaxed. I plan to try to repeat this process every week or two especially over winter!
The last thing to mention is the cost of this treatment as that’s a important part. I find LUSH very reasonably priced compared to the skincare I used to buy but here’s a break down of the cost- (all in New Zealand Dollars)
Let The Good Times Roll– $18.90 / 100g – This will last me between 6-8 weeks
Tea Tree Toner Tabs– $2.90 each – one time use
Full of Grace Serum– $19.90 / 20g Bar – I am on my first bar but I estimate this will last me around 6 weeks
Fresh Face Mask– $16.90 / 60g – I get about 4 treatments from this pot
Sunny Side Bubble Bar– $9.50 / 100g Bar – Break it in half to get two uses out of one bar
Big Blue Bath Bomb– $6.90 / 200g Bomb – one time use
It’s a little tricky to estimate but I’d say one treatment (not including the bath) would be less that $10. The Bath really pushes the cost up as even if you only use half of Sunny Side, that combined with Big Blue gives a total of $11.15 for just the bath so I definitely won’t be doing that every week, as lovely as it is!
If you are feeling a like you are in need of some pampering (both for your soul and your skin!) then give this a try! I can’t afford regular spa treatments so this gives me that feeling in the comfort of my own home AND with the option of a glass of wine too!