Lush have recently discontinued some of their products (rest in peace, The Comforter – I will miss you so dearly). Although I was pretty gutted about some of the items they’ve gotten rid of (seriously though, why?), 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 but I 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. I was unsure on which one I should get and she was really informative 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’ – I found that whilst ‘1000 Millihelens’ left my skin feeling like it had been cleansed really deeply, ‘Just To Clarify’ felt a lot more hydrating so I went with that one as I was after a more glowing look.
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 until the consistency is more like a creamy paste. Then you just 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 My Lush face masks usually end up going out of date before I manage to use them all up but these ones actually don’t have an expiry date which is perfect!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 and use them like a scrub as you apply the mask. This made my skin a lot smoother because I often suffer from little bumps under my skin but these literally disappeared. Those little guys do not budge so I was super impressed by this. As for brightening which is what I was after the most, I noticed immediately after taking the mask off that my skin looked so much more hydrated and awake. As I have oily skin, I get really scared about using extra oils on my face and 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 but 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. It also didn’t really do anything in terms of my blackheads which are consistently a problem for me but the Lush girl did say that this mask isn’t really built for that purpose and recommended some other products that target blackheads specifically. I think 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 as they are always happy to help you find something to suit you personally.
Have you tried any new Lush products yet – if so, what did you think? Will you be trying a jelly face mask? Thank you so much for reading, do come back soon!