When I make my admittedly gluttonous trip to Lush every few weeks, I typically dart straight past the facial cleansers, making a beeline for the bath bombs and bubble bars. But the last time I paid my favorite store a visit, a little sign caught my eye; it described the brand’s Ultrabland Cleanser as the staff’s “#1 desert island pick.”
I trust my beloved Lushies so whole heartedly that I was at the register with Ultrabland in hand within moments.
Before I get into my awe-inspiring results, a run-through of the cleanser’s correct usage is necessary. Technically, because it’s packed with natural ingredients like almond oil and rose water, Ultrabland can be used as a makeup remover and face cleanser, but I use a wipe to remove at least my eye makeup beforehand. Then I rub a dime-size dollop of product all over my dry face. The thick cream, which smells ever so slightly of cookie dough, is so relaxing to massage into the skin, especially around the eyes. After a brief moment of bliss, I dampen a cotton pad with warm water and wipe away the cleanser.
Yep, that’s right. No rinsing. This way, a thin layer of moisturizing, balancing oils remains on the skin. You won't feel squeaky clean, but that’s a good thing--your skin won’t overproduce oil in order to compensate for post-wash dryness.
Now for my unreal results. My battle with acne has been pretty well documented on xoVain, and for the most part, I’ve won. Still, before Ultrabland, I got the occasional hormonal breakout on my chin and forehead. After just a few weeks of use, I’m happy to report that either I’ve been transformed into an angel, or this stuff really works. Not a single blemish has sprouted since my first application of Ultrabland.
Not convinced yet? A few days ago I was putting on mascara when something absolutely absurd happened. As I wiggled the brush upward, for the first time in my life, the tips of my lashes hit my eyelids. Excited, and a bit confused, I grabbed my tub of Ultrabland and re-read the ingredients. Of course! The formula contains almond oil, a lash growth formula standby. And because I never fully wash the cleanser off the oil soaks into my lashes all day and night. I think it’s safe to say that Lush has bottled my ultimate beauty elixir.
- Any other beauty products with weird but wonderful side effects I should know about?
- Do you frequent Lush as often as I do? What's your HG Lush product?