Here’s a great mask that I used tons when I had exams last semester and one that I’ve recently re-discovered again. As you know, LUSH has a variety of masks available that treat various ailments like acne and dry skin but I tend to look for masks that do a bit of detox work after full week with makeup on. During that time I was in the middle of studying for exams. Think lots of junk food and late nights with my regular make-up routines on and in full swing. The Lush sales assistant suggested I use the Brazened Honey face mask to detoxify and exfoliate the damage I was causing from the late nights and possibly clogged pores so I bought this and it has to be one of my favourites from the LUSH mask range. Here’s my review of the LUSH Braznened Honey Face Mask.
Ingredients and what it’s all about:
This mask is supposed to detoxify, stimulate and exfoliate with refreshing herbs like Sage, Rosemary and Juniper berry, fresh fennel, almond oil, parsely, tumeric, ginger oil and even ground cardamom and coriander. It sounds more like a recipie for your favourite weekend dish more than a face mask but that’s possibly why I’m in love with LUSH face masks. They use free range eggs and many skin enriching herbs – most fresh which is why each mask has a label that details when the product was made fresh, by who and when it should be used by. Each mask is also supposed to be stored in the fridge because of the free range eggs in the mask.
A warning goes out to anyone with highly sensitve skin. This is a very grainy scrub. In fact ground almonds are the main exfoliant in this product (I reckon which is reall cool) and I reckon it’s even a little bit more harsher than the St. Ives Apricot scrub. If you’re not up for such a high exfoliant, taking off the product might be a little troubing for you as it really cleans and purifies taking away all the dead skin cells when you wash the mask off.
This mask also contains Kaolin and Talc to absorb facial oil. A good thing but maybe not so much if you don’t like masks that sort of tighten as they dry up.
Let’s put it on shall we?
First of all, remember it should be in the fridge because it’s a fresh mask. I really don’t mind because when you dip your finger into it, ( a very very thick paste) and grab some of the product – the first slather on your face feels so good. It’s so cooling and refreshing.
Go ahead and spread the product evenly all over your face. You don’t need a super thick layer, an even spread will do. This mask is pretty hard to wash off so you don’t want to pile on too much. After you’re done, wait about 10 to 15 minutes for the mask to turn into a semi-dry state
It should look something like this. As you can see, there are areas where the mask has dried into a more white area while of course still bits of thick areas are still not dry yet but it’s alright. With all masks, you have this weird intuition or at least I do when I know a mask is done. Honestly, it’s when you feel like you just want to take it off!
I suggest washing this mask off with warm water. Simply carry forth some water in the cup of your palm and slowly and gently rub the mask off so that it slowly dissolves and washes off. Again, this takes a little longer than you might expect because of the exfoliation part and after it’s dry, it’s not super easy to come off either.
My sink get’s into a bit of a mess, but I like what it does to my skin after!
And there we go. My skin is glowing after the exfoliation and I feel much cleaner. My skin is super duper smooth and it just feels so good. As for acne benefits, I still have blemishes from time to time but I really do feel like it cleans out and detoxifies my skin. It’s just that super duper clean feeling! It’s so good after a week of make-up every single day. When I was wearing this during the weeks prior to exams, it really helped me in the breakout department. I usually breakout like crazy but I did see a reduction in the number of breakouts I had compared to last semester. The only thing I have a problem with might be just how dry it might make you feel when you wear it. If you have dry skin, this mask shouldn’t be for you. Overall though, I love it. It’s a mask I’ll always go to when I know my skin needs a good clean.
What product do you use to get clean?
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