Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MY LUSH SKINCARE ROUTINE


Hello my lovelies! 

Today I'm going to be talking about something near and dear to my heart: LUSH Cosmetics. What's even better? I got hired there last month! LUSH is an incredible UK based company that is very popular among beauty bloggers all over the world. All of the products are handmade with fresh ingredients and without any animal testing. All of the products are vegetarian and many of them are vegan. The most popular products that are often talked about in the beauty blogger community are the bath bombs. Yes, they are incredible and beautiful and they make you feel like a goddess when you emerge from your bath but LUSH has many different things to offer that I think get overlooked for the prettier looking products. I have been through five days of intensive training and have a month and a half of selling experience and I like to think I have learned a lot in that time. Over the next few weeks I am going to be making a lot of posts about LUSH, focusing on a different section of the brand in each. Today we're going to be talking about my personal skincare routine and I'll also link all of the other skin care products so you can find the right one for you! 


Skin Care has a wide variety of meanings to different people and LUSH makes sure to cater to all of those different needs with their products. I'm going to go through each product I use to take care of the delicate skin on my face one by one. If anyone has any questions or would like recommendations on which products to use for their skin just leave a comment and I would be happy to help! I just want to make clear that I am NOT a trained skin care professional. All of the knowledge I have was gained through my LUSH training, using the products, and working with customers. 



The first thing I do in my skincare routine is remove my makeup. For this I use Ultrabland and oh my god, this stuff is a dream come true. Before discovering this magical product, I used Neutrogena makeup remover wipes and they always left my skin feeling greasy and raw. With Ultrabland's base of beeswax, honey, and rich essential oils, it goes on smoothly and cuts through makeup (even waterproof mascara!) like a dream. It also contains rosewater and iris flower extract which soothe and calm the skin leaving it even toned and smooth and a babies' bum. To use, all you do it rub a bit on a dry face and wipe clean with a warm damp paper towel or washcloth. I will recommend this product until the day I die. It is seriously that good. 


The next step in my routine is exfoliating. I typically exfoliate 2-3 times a week. However, everyone's skin is different. Some of you could probably get away with exfoliating once a week and some of you may need to do it everyday. The most important thing to do when thinking about your skincare routine is to listen to your skin and do whatever feels right for it! Whenever I feel the need to scrub away all that dead skin and build up from the past few days, I turn to Ocean Salt. This is a sea salt scrub made with fine and coarse sea salt to exfoliate, avocado and coconut to hydrate, and vodka and lime for a deep penetrating cleanse. The great thing about this exfoliator is that you can use it on your body, too! I love to use it on my arms and legs before shaving for the closest, smoothest shave I've ever gotten. Because of all the salt, this is a harsher exfoliate (I like rough ones, I feel like they're really getting in there and cleansing my pores) but for those of you who like a bit of a gentler exfoliate, well we'll get to that in a little bit.



On the days I don't exfoliate I still need to cleanse! To do this, I use Aqua Marina, a clay based cleanser made with seaweed, calamine, and aloe vera gel. This cleanser is insanely soothing. I have a lot of redness on my face and the calamine has helped reduce it immensely. Meanwhile, the seaweed leaves my skin feeling softer than anything I have ever imagined. It is so nourishing and soothing and all around amazing. Seriously. Try it out. 
Other Cleansers: Dark Angels (gently exfoliating), Angels on Bare Skin (gently exfoliating), Let The Good Times Roll (gently exfoliating), Herbalism, Fresh Farmacy, Coalface, 9 to 5 



So! After cleansing I move onto a toner. Using a toner is a great way to really open up your pores, absorb some extra essential oils, and prepare your skin for a moisturizer. It also helps minimize the amount of moisturizer you'll need because the ingredients in the water help spread the tiniest bit of moisturizer to its maximum amount. LUSH carries three different toners but my favorite one is Eau Roma Water (pronounced Aroma). It is the best one for sensitive skin (me!) and mature or dry skin. An amazing blend of rose and lavender essential oils, the rose is cooling and soothing while the lavender helps your skin produce the right amount of oil to keep you fresh and smooth. This is also great to use right after working out! Especially if you can't wash your face right away. Just a spritz of this stuff and you'll be refreshed and ready to go! 
Other Toners: Tea Tree Water, Breath of Fresh Air, Tea Tree Toner Tab, Dream Steam Toner Tab



Now, the final step is to moisturize. LUSH has an abundance of moisturizers for every type of skin you can imagine. My skin is fairly neutral. I don't get breakouts and it's never too oily or too dry. A lot of you are probably going to hate me for that! I do have a lot of redness though and for that I turn to Celestial, a medium weight moisturizer. With a heavenly mixture of almond oil, cocoa butter, vanilla water, and dove orchid extract, this moisturizer is equal parts hydrating and soothing. Plus it smells so incredibly yummy! This moisturizer is to die for! 
Other Moisturizers: Enzymion, Vanishing Cream, Imperialis, Cosmetic Lad,  Gorgeous, Skin's Shangri La, Skin Drink



A few times a week I like to sit back and relax with a face mask. They're great for revitalizing your skin and really keeping it at its best. When I feel like my face is in need there are two masks I turn to. The first is BB Seaweed. This is one of our incredible fresh face masks made with seaweed to nourish the skin, finely ground almonds to gently exfoliate, aloe vera gel and rose absolute to soothe and calm, and honey and olive oil to moisturize. This mask always leaves me feeling refreshed with softer skin than I could ever imagine. LUSH's fresh face masks are so fresh that they can only be bough in-store. They are cooked up every Wednesday and delivered to the store on Thursday mornings (yes, every store!). They also need to be kept refrigerated or they will expire! They last for three weeks and are good for five to eight uses.
More Fresh Face Masks: Catastrophe Cosmetic, Cupcake, Brazened Honey, Love Lettuce, Oatifix, Cosmetic Warrior, The Sacred Truth, Ayesha



When I feel like I need a mask that cleanses a little deeper, I turn to the holy grail of face masks: Mask of Magnaminty. Fresh peppermint stimulates the skin while China clay provides an intensive deep cleanse. Ground adzuki beans give a gentle exfoliation while vanilla absolute calm any redness or irritation and honey soothes the skin. This mask really does do everything. Plus it smells so refreshingly pepperminty and gives a slight tingly sensation on the skin. I use this one about once a week. A great thing about this mask is it doesn't have to be kept refrigerated! I will always, always, always recommend this mask. 

That's it for skin care, beauties! If you have any questions about which LUSH skincare products would be best suited for you just leave a comment below and I'll help you come up with your own daily routine! I hope you enjoyed my LUSH focus because there will be many more to come!


    
  
          

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