Lush have recently discontinued some of their products (rest in peace, The Comforter – I will miss you so dearly). I was pretty gutted about some of the items they’ve gotten rid of. However, I knew this meant that they were making way for some new products. Lush have just released five brand new jelly face masks – yes, jelly! At first I was admittedly a little sceptical about this because it seemed like a bit of a gimmicky product. I definitely shouldn’t have been so quick to judge.
I paid a visit to Lush on my lunch break and was browsing the new masks when a girl that worked there walked over to me. Unsure of which one I should get, she informed me about each mask as they all have different purposes. She asked me about my skin type and then chose two that she thought would be most suited to me to test on the backs of my hands. The two that we tried were ‘Just To Clarify’ and ‘1000 Millihelens’ – ‘1000 Millihelens’ left my skin feeling like it had been cleansed really deeply whereas ‘Just To Clarify’ felt a lot more hydrating. I wanted a glowing look to my skin so I went with the hydrating option.
I thought that because of the jelly, this might be a little more tricky to apply than regular face masks. The girl in Lush recommended that I wet my hand with warm water and work a grape-sized amount of product into the palm of my hand. You keep doing this until the consistency is more like a creamy paste. Apply this all over your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. The application was a lot easier than I thought it would be. One tub costs £6.95 which I think is actually so affordable considering the amount of product you get. I feel like I’m going to get a good few uses out of it. My Lush face masks usually end up going out of date before I manage to use them all up but these ones actually don’t have an expiry date which is perfect!
‘Just To Clarify’ smells faintly of orange sweets which sort of made me want to eat it, much like a lot of Lush’s products. This particular mask contains papaya juice to help brighten your skin as well as bamboo stem which works as a gentle exfoliator. The bamboo stem is in little balls inside the jelly so you have to make sure to get a couple of these. They work like a scrub as you apply the mask which made my skin a lot smoother. I often suffer from little bumps under my skin but these literally disappeared. This was super impressive as those little guys do not budge.
As for brightening, the results were immediate. After taking the mask off, my skin looked so much more hydrated and awake. My skin is already very oily so it makes me nervous to use additional oils on my face. This contains bergamot oils but I found no problems with this. In fact, the day after I felt like my skin was actually considerably less oily. I think I may have found my skin saviour.
There are a couple of things I didn’t like so much, the first being that it was quite difficult to remove. I usually just give my face a rinse into the sink with warm water to remove a mask. This felt like it was clinging to my face and took quite a long time to get every bit off. I think I’d be a lot better off using a damp flannel to remove it next time.
The Lush employee did advise me that it doesn’t target blackheads which was an aspect I was looking for. However, she did suggest multiple alternatives. I’ll be going back to Lush to buy ‘1000 Millihelens’ as she said that this one was more of an antiseptic and targets pesky dirt and spots. One thing that always impresses me with Lush is how helpful and knowledgeable their workers are. They are always happy to help you find something to suit you personally.
Would you try a jelly face mask?