This is my review of the Lush Love Lettuce Face masks and what I think of the fresh face mask concept as a whole.
This is one of many pots of the fresh lush face masks I’ve gone through. Some I haven’t finished because of brain-dead moments when I’ve left them out and found them weeks later with mould growing in one of them. Other times I’ve simply forgotten they were in the fridge, out of sight out of mind. This isn’t showing them in their best light but it’s true and for me it’s happened more often than not. I always get suggested the same one over and over again and that’s the Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask. I just haven’t made proper use of it and with all good intentions then haven’t seen real results. When I last went in I had 5 of the plastic pots they recycle and so I get a free fresh mask for returning them.
I spoke to a member of staff who I explained about how I just wanted help with blackheads and if there was something other than the Catastrophe Cosmetic that she could suggest. She picked out this..
Brighten your complexion with nutrient-rich agar seaweed gel, soothing and moisturising honey and almond oil, and gently exfoliating almond shells. This mask is simply fragranced with French lavender, which has a calming effect on the mind and helps to balance the skin’s sebum production – Lush
One of the daft things that bugged me about this was the name Love Lettuce. Only because the name has nothing really to do with the product. From what I found on the USA Lush website a voice over says it came from the inventor of the mask and it was how they originally displayed the mask on a lettuce leaf. I personally have dry skin and this is suggested for oily skin but because I’m spot prone it was explained that the exfoliating side of the mask would also help with dry patches of skin. So when you do look at their masks it may suggest for skin types but if you read the blurbs on the products it may well be good for you too. It has a mild lavender scent which I though I would hate but it’s so mild even I can’t really tell it’s there. It’s smells more like a garden when it’s rained to me.
How I Use Love Lettuce
- The first time I used it I just applied it with my fingers but I quickly because annoyed with it getting under my finger nails especially the almond shell pieces. Then I remembered I’d seen in suggested somewhere to use a foundation brush instead obviously an unused or unloved one. This works so much better as you get an even layer all over the face and it’s much less messier and you waste less even with what gets stuck in the brush.
- Next relax for 10 – 15 minutes. The easy part or as I like to call it remembering everything I haven’t done yet but realising I can’t go anywhere anyway as I have a mask on. If only I could switch my mind off that easily.
- Now this is the odd and a little tricky time-consuming bit. I usually let my mask get dry before I start to remove it so first use you hands to make the mask damp again. A mirror is essential to this, you have to now in circular motions with your finger tips rub the mask around your face. This is a slow process but your face will thank you for it. When your fingers feel like they can’t move add more water to them.
- Once it’s all almost off I then go in with a warm flannel to remove the final bits of exfoliating almond shell.
This is how much I used each time and I got 8 uses out of the Love Lettuce face mask doing it this way. My skin afterwards felt very clean but not striped in any way. You could feel there was something left behind by it in your skin. I think that’s possibly the agar honey that helps to moisturise and as a good antiseptic. I did use this 2-3 times a week to make sure I used it within the best before date. My skin in term of biggers spots improved massively which the kaolin (clay) and fullers earth was likely the big part of what helped this. As for blackheads I think even the scrub side didn’t make much difference.
I do like the fact that it’s aimed at both deep cleansing,exfoliating and moisturising which are basically the three things my skin needs the most.
The Lush Love Lettuce fresh face mask is £6.25 for 75g or bring back 5 of the black plastic recyclable pots and get one for free.