Product Type: Lush body care
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Lush Angels On Bare Skin Fresh Facial Cleanser
Lush Angels On Bare Skin
Member Name: ladyofcampfires
Lush Angels On Bare Skin
Advantages: Evens out skin tone amazingly well, takes redness out of spots, cleans and exfoliates the face.
Disadvantages: Doesn't really get rid of spots and you have to use it regularly to maintain the benefits.
So I ended up buying 'Angels On Bare Skin' costing £6.25 for the 100g tub. For what is basically a face wash this may seem like an excessive price although trust me, it's worth it. The pot this cleanser comes in also counts towards one of the five empty pots you can take back to a Lush store to get a free fresh face mask too!
This cleanser uses 100% natural ingredients with no preservatives making it kind and gentle to your skin, great for someone like me who has extremely sensitive skin. This is another one of Lush's vegan products and comes in a recycled and recyclable black plastic pot. Not only is this an effective product but it's an all-around do-gooder as well.
The pot this cleanser comes in contains all the information you'd need along with the Lush logo. The product description on the lid reads 'evens out skin tone, reduces redness and improves the health and appearance of your skin, giving a natural healthy glow'. Providing it lived up to its claims then this sounded perfect. I do have a very uneven skin tone. Whilst I'm extremely pale I do just have red blotchy bits everywhere on my face and, as a result, go through a fair bit of concealer and foundation. I was interested to see if this would even out my skin tone and indeed give me that 'natural healthy glow' I usually get out of a bottle (UNE's Healthy Glow Enhancer if you were wondering)!
Unscrewing the lid reveals this cleanser it's all its unusual looking glory. It's quite a dull, pale brown colour with these tiny, dark brown lavender flowers in it. It doesn't look all that appealing and if you didn't already know I don't think you'd guess in a million years this was for your face. It has a rather strange scent to it as well. It has quite a sweet lavender scent to it but also smells quite herbal like. My Sister reckons it smells 'a bit like weed' (the drug, not dandelions) but I can't claim to know much about that! The smell isn't unpleasant as such, just very peculiar.
To use the cleanser you simply pinch off a pea sized amount and mix with water in the palm of your hand before rubbing onto your face. Pinching off a piece is easily done as it's not completely solid. It has a consistency similar to cookie dough, it sticks together enough for you to get it out in one big piece if you wanted to but smaller amounts can also easily be removed.
I tend to just stick the palm of my hand, with the cleanser in it, under a lightly running tap for about ten seconds. I then just take both my palms and rub them together and am left with a pale brown creamy paste complete with lumps (ground almonds) and lavender flowers. It's then just a case of rubbing my hands over my face and giving it a good scrub.
The ground almonds work really well at exfoliating the skin something I was delighted to find. Having such sensitive skin it's very rare I get to give my face a good exfoliation as those types of facial products tend to react with and irritate my skin. I still like to exfoliate my face along with the rest of my body though so finding something gentle which will allow me to do just that is a lovely discovery.
Rinsing off the cleanser is easily done with clean water and it leaves no residue behind whatsoever. My skin is just left feeling fresh, cleansed and clean. This does a decent job at removing make-up as well as everyday dirt and grime from the face but I usually find myself getting rid of those stubborn bits of eyeliner and mascara with a toner afterwards.
As well as feeling clean my face also feels soft and supple after cleansing with this product. I still end up putting a little night cream on before bed when I've used this at night time although I think that's more because I just love my night cream so much rather than feeling the need to add extra hydration and moisture to my face. When I use this in the morning, however, I survive the day perfectly well without applying my day cream and don't feel any worse off for it despite how dry my skin has become during these cold months.
As for evening out skin tone, wow! This is fantastic. I can hardly believe it's the same skin I'm seeing in the mirror after using this as it was before using this. My once bright red chin, nose and blotchy red cheeks are instead these white, glowing healthy looking facial features. My glow isn't just natural looking, it is natural! It completely takes out any aggressive redness in spots and blemishes too although doesn't really do anything to get rid of them. But when they're screaming red then they're not particularly noticeable anyway. There have a number of occasions I've used this in the morning and just looked so fresh faced and healthy that I've taken the day on with no make-up just so everyone can see how wonderful my skin looks without it.
The problem is, however, that these results are short term ones. Should I skip using this for a day or two then that horrid red, blotchy, uneven skin comes straight back to the usual areas. Fortunately the pea sized blob required for this cleanser to be effective means a 100g pot lasts a good three months with daily use so using it every day doesn't completely break the bank. If uneven skin tone is something you're struggling with, if you're looking for a natural face scrub or you're just looking for a product which won't irritate your sensitive skin then Angels On Bare Skin is probably just what you're in need of and I couldn't recommend it more highly.
Summary: Amazing cleanser for evening out skin tone and effectively exfoliating even on sensitive skin.