This is a face mask with a difference, only natural ingredients are used and it's freshly made. This means that you'll be getting the best of the vitamins and nutrients, but it causes the product to have a short life span of around 2-3 weeks. It will need to be kept refrigerated to keep it preserved for longer. If it is not kept chilled the ingredients will go off and the face mask will be un-useable. Bear this in mind and save it for the last stop on your shopping trip - you don't want it starting to go off in your bag as you spend the day hitting up the shops!
Lush say "All skins need tender loving care. A blend your mum would create is she knew what she was doing. With rich, nutritious, organic avocado, brightening, tightening, freshly squeezed lemon juice and soothing natural yoghurt."
Recommended directions for use: Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 5-10 minutes, then rinse away with warm water. Keep chilled.
I usually remove the mask from the fridge about 5-10 minutes before I use it so that it has a chance to warm up a little and doesn't give too much of a chilling shock to my skin. It still feels nice and cooling when applied and I spread on a generous thick layer. This mask tends to dry out quickly when it's exposed to air, and only needs to be left on for 5-10 minutes.
The mask is a pale sea green colour with chunks of avocado fruit mixed in. It smells very fresh and fruity, and is the sort of thing that appears edible but you really shouldn't try it in that way! It's easy to apply as it spreads smoothly and evenly, but it is impossible to scoop it out of the tub without getting it stick under your fingernails. The pieces of fruit are small and lightweight enough to stay stuck within the mask and don't drop out or fall off. I found the mask turned flaky by the time I was removing it, and this made a mess over my clothes and around the sink area.
Afterwards my skin felt instantly smooth and very hydrated. I noticed that my skin was softer and a little more plumped than before. The mask is very moisturising and one use per week was enough for my combination complexion. The amount of mask in the tub always outlasts the expiry date in my experience, and I usually manage to get 3 full masks covering my face and neck. I then use up the "leftovers" (usually about half the pot!) in the bath by applying it to my elbows, feet, and knees for a moisturising boost.
I have really enjoyed using this face mask and noticed positive results. Sadly it's hit the discontinued list and Lush will not be making any more. There are limited stocks left so try it while you still can!
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing. If you clean out the black tub this cleanser came in and save up 5 tubs in total, you can take it back to the shop and exchange them for a free fresh face mask - bargain.
As you may have noticed from my others reviews, I am a bit of a Lush addict! I love their range of Fresh Face Masks, and have worked my way through most of them by now. Crash course is one of my favourites.
This was originally recommended to me as being suitable for my sister's very sensitive skin. It is a very calming, soothing face mask, and smells delicious, so I decided to get us both a pot to try as I didn't want to miss out!
As with all of Lush's Fresh Face Masks, Crashcourse contains no preservatives. This means it needs to be kept in the fridge or freezer at all times. This is not a marketing ploy- the face masks really will go mouldy if they are not kept cold (I discovered this the hard way when I forgot to return it to the fridge after using it once!)
The Face Masks also come with use by dates, which are typically three to four weeks after the date of purchase. A typical pot will do between four to seven applications, depending on how thickly you spread it, so you need to be comitted to using this once or twice a week for the next few weeks when you purchase it in order to get the most from this product.
According to the pot, Crash Course in Skin Care is "what your Mum would make if she knew what she was doing". I wasn't entirely sure what this meant when I bought this, but having used it, & seen and felt it's affects, this sums up Crash Course perfectly. It contains avocados and yoghurt, which soothe and moisturise, and lavender and chamomile, which are fabulous at balancing out the skin, and calming it down. It gives my skin a thorough deep cleansing whithout irritating it, and leaves my skin looking calm, and feeling incredibly soft and smooth. Crash Course is perfect for normal to dry skin, but it is so soothing and gentle that anyone can benefit from it- it really does feel like a hug in a pot! I found this brilliant in the cold winter months when my face went particularly dry, and if it's ever looking a bit dull and in need of a pick me up, then Crash Course soothes, smooths, and softens it every time. I think this mask was named Crash Course because it gives your skin an intense boost of moisture and goodness, and the results are instant.
I apply the mask in an even layer over my face, avoiding the eye area, and leave it on for five to ten minutes. I then wash it off with warm water. Crash Course does have a clay-like texture, which can make it a tad difficult to remove, but with a bit of patience, it will come off after a couple of minutes. I then use a toner to ensure I have completely removed all traces of the mask.
The mask is priced at £4.95 for a 75g pot, which I think represents good value for money given the number of applications you get. In addition, if you save up five empty, clean black pots, you can exchange them for a free fresh face mask of your choice, which is a fantastic idea as it encourages recycling, and rewards you with a real treat!
This is the only face mask that my sister has been able to use without any irritation on her highly sensitive skin, and for that I am so grateful as we've enjoyed many a girly pamper night together with films, chocs, and our face masks! Sadly, these will soon be a thing of the past as Lush has decided to discontinue Crash Course in Skin Care. It has always seemed very popular as it is suitable for all skin types, and over the past eighteen months or so there have been a few occasions when I have popped in to buy a pot of it and found it has sold out. I am guessing that the raw ingredients became too expensive to carry on production without increasing the price significantly- certainly avocados aren't cheap. I am hoping that Lush might tweak the ingredients slightly and bring it back, or bring out a replacement mask that is suitable for my sister's super sensitive skin.
Some stores may still have this in stock, so if you like the sound of it then don't waste any time in trying to get hold of a pot! It freezes well so I have got a few in the freezer which will keep my sister going for a few months!
In summary, this is a fantastic product, and leaves my skin so soft, calm and smooth. I am keeping everything crossed that Lush will bring it back!
I always said I wouldn't actually pay for one of Lush's face masks, seeing as they're £4.95, but after trying one a while ago I've been converted. I popped into the shop the other week as my skin was looking a bit dull, and decided to give another one a go. The one I picked out was A Crash Course in Skincare.
I really liked the sound of this face mask. Lush describe it as "a blend your Mum would create if she knew what she was doing". It contains avocado for nutrients, lemon juice to brighten and tighten and soothing natural yoghurt. It sounded as though it would be ideal for my sensitive, combination skin.
Like all of Lush's fresh face masks, this one needs to be kept in the fridge. I put it there until I got a chance to use it. A couple of days later, I gave it a go.
This face mask is a pale brown in colour and smooth in texture. It smells lemony and earthy in a subtle way, really refreshing. I cleansed my face and smoothed the mask over it, leaving it for about ten minutes. Because it had been in the fridge it felt lovely and cool on my face.
After the time was up I washed the mask off. My skin, although it's sensitive, hadn't been irritated by the mask at all. In fact, it felt really soft and refreshed. My skin was definitely brighter and more glowing even after one application!
I used this face mask twice a week for about three weeks. The thing about Lush face masks is that although they are more expensive than your average face mask, they do last for around six applications (although they have short use-by dates so you really need to use them twice a week to get the mask all used up). Therefore, they're better value for money than they might appear on a first glance.
My skin definitely looks and feels better after using this mask. It's smoother, softer, free of blemishes and looks really healthy and glowing. It is less oily than usual and I have found I've needed to use less powder. I definitely recommend it - another success from Lush!
There's only one bad point though - this mask is about to be discontinued! It was announced on the Facebook page today, along with a few other products. So if you fancy trying it get yourself along to Lush asap!
Having found myself in need of a face mask when i went to Lush - there were many face masks in front of me. The assistant recommended this particular face mask. I was definatelty attracted to the titel "crash course in Skincare". Having oily skin I probably dont use as much skin care products as i should. As with a lot of Lush products this one has to be kept in fridge and has a use by date of a month. Once I put this mask on it did feel cold (well obviously!) but it did instantly calm my skin. I kept it on for 12 mins. Then rinsed off. My skin was calm. Im usually quite flushed but this reduced the redness and my skin kept calm for the rest of the day. I did not come out in spots following this application (which sometimes happens with other products). I would use this again. It only needs to be used once a week so there if you have a friend you should buy this between you due to the use by date.
This is just one of the many fresh face masks which Lush sell. The face mask retails at £6.45 on the website (lush.co.uk), however I think they retail at around £5 in store.
The fresh face masks all tend to have a sell by date of approximately a month after purchase; it is always worth checking the sell by date before you buy in order to ensure you are getting the best value. The sell by date is so short because the face masks contain fresh ingredients which go bad. The mask also needs to be kept in the fridge in order to preserve the ingredients. The fresh ingredients in this facemask are avocado, natural yoghurt and and lemon juice.
The yoghurt soothes and cools the skin, in fact the cooling sensation is very apparant when the mask is on the face. The avocado rehydrates and nourishes the skin, in fact it is suggested that ongoing use of avocado may relieve eczema, again according to the lush website. The lemon juice tightens pores and helps to remove dead skin cells. One thing I would say however is that the lemon juice is quite abundant in the product, it is one of the main scents I can pick out; therefore it can sometimes be a bit to harsh for my skin if I have very dry patches.
I tend to get between 5-6 uses out of each pot which lasts me the month if I use it twice a week. I apply a good covering over my face and then sit for around 20-30 minutes whilst I watch tv or something. Lush state that you only need to have it on for 10 minutes but I find that leaving it on longer can be nicer, plus with the natural ingredients there will be no adverse affects, provided the mask is suitable for your skin type (lush staff can help you decide this). Once the mask has been ona while it goes hard and can flake off, when I want to remove it I use water and massage my skin in circular motions to increase blood flow and to exfoliate my skin as the mask comes off.
The face mask comes in a black pot with screw top lid. It contains around 75 grams of product. Lush run a scheme whereby you can save up empty black pots of any size from the store, when you have five empty ones you can return them to be recycled and you will be given a fresh face mask free as a reward.
I am giving the mask 4/5 because it can sometimes irritate my skin if it is particularly dry, however when my skin isn't suffering I think everything else is spot on, the price is acceptable for the amount of uses you get and the ingredients are so nourishing for the skin that I feel it really stands out from the other face masks available elsewhere.
I hope this helps, any questions feel free to ask :)
*This is also posted on other websites*
Who are Lush?
Lush are an ethical company specialising in fresh, handmade cosmetics. They are against animal testing and their products are all vegetarian and/or vegan.
Where to find Lush?
Lush stores are located in a number of towns and cities. The list of stores across the UK can be found online at http://www.lush.co.uk, as well as being able to place orders on the website, or by mail order by calling 01202 668545
What Lush offer:
Lush offer a wide range of items including (but not limited to) soaps, shampoos, conditioner, facial cleansers, shower gels, face masks, deodorant, bath ballistics, bubble bars, massage bars, body butter, moisturiser and much more. Items are available individually or in gift sets. Prices at Lush start from 72p and go up to £100, so there is always something to suit your budget.
A Crash Course in Skincare was my first experience of a Lush face mask. Priced at £6.31 this was very much on the pricey end of the face masks on offer from Lush, but the description had me sold.
A Crash Course in Skincare has been labelled as "a blend your Mum would create if she knew what she was doing" and this is exactly how I would describe it! It contains all the ingredients required for making a great face mask, including avocado, lemon juice and yoghurt.
This has a lovely smell, the mixture of lemon and avocado meant I just wanted to eat it! It was quite thick but went on my face smoothly. After 10 minutes I rinsed it off with warm water and my skin felt better instantly! My skin was cleaner as well as softer than it had been. I suffer from blackheads and dry skin, so this was perfect!
The face masks have a shelf life of around 3 weeks, although I have had some last as long as 6 weeks before I had finished using them or they had grown mould. These must be kept in the fridge
What's more, if you bring back 5 empty pots you will get a fresh face mask for free!
Well I decided to try this face mask on New Years Eve. Not because I was going out somewhere I wanted my face to be stroked, but because I hate New Years eve- its cold, its dark and there is a long and frozen wait for a night bus home if you have not re-mortgaged in order to afford a black cab home (who by the way "will not go south of the river..." (Yup, I live in London). So my evening in needed to be time well spent. I wanted to feel better and I wanted to be occupying my time. (Just try going to bed early on NYE, its virtually impossible!)
I had bought this face mask among other Lush products that were to fill my evening. It was not cheap- the mask alone set me back around £4.50. But there is more then one days application in there- 75 grams in total. I would estimate I can use the same pot 4 maybe 5 times? So around £1 to £1.25 a use, and this is with a generous application- all over my face and neck and eye area (probably not supposed to do that!).
The reason I chose this face mask above the others is because I liked the smell. Not too earthy, not too sweet. The smell is subtle, slightly like lemon merangue pie, but not as sickly, its got a slight "green" scent to it. You really have to sample some to know what I am trying to describe here- but its a very nice smell!
The ingredience are all very safe, healthy and sound: avocado, natural yoghurt, talc, lemon juice, sandalwood oil, lavender oil, lemon grass oil, chamomile... and its no wonder the mask claims to treat your skin with "tender loving care". It lives up to that statement.
The consistency is perfect- unlike many of the face packs I have tried (OK, only about 2 bought ones and two self made ones in my life!) this one has the best consistency. Its thick- you can slather it over your face and it stays put. It will not dribble down your neck nor fall over your clothes. Its good stuff.
Its a slighty pale beige meets pastel green colour with bits in. When I say "bits in", I don't mean like the orange juice, I mean big chunky pieces. Of what? I am not so sure- they looked a little like the center chunks of lettuce. But looking at the ingredients it could only be Aloe. There were only about two 1.5 cm sized chunks in the entire pot, the rest of the pot has smaller non intrusive bits in- a bit like the orange juice! It all added to the natural effect- Lush make everything very naturally- no preservatives and made with natural ingredience. It all feels very pure, safe and unharmful.
It comes in a little black circular tub, about 5 cm tall by 7cm wide. It is to be kept in the fridge and used in 3 weeks time as there are no preservatives in it and it will not keep longer then this- a best before date is printed on the back, along with a styled cartoon image of the person who made my batch of the mask (her name is Claire).
I left the face mask on for a full 10 minutes. It dried. (I think it was supposed to) and felt like a "real" face mask! I washed it off whilst in the bath- pre-warning, it will leave a rim around your bath if you do that. It did take quite a bit of rinsing and washing to get it all off, but when I did I was left with very soft smooth skin.
I think I washed a bit too far though- I did feel a slight film on my face, I wasn't sure if this was supposed to happen or not and rinsed and rinsed. My face felt dry after I had rinsed and dried it. I did need moisturiser. But my skin did still feel supple and soft to touch.
I will look forward to using this again, though rinsing will need surplus water and I think it could easily mess up my hair as a result of rinsing it all out and getting into a mess (as with any face masks really). So I think I will be saving this for the shower!
Trying face masks can be a bit hit and miss, especially when they promise to make your skin super clear and wipe away all the dirt that lies beneath. Then when you actually try it for a couple of weeks, it doesn't seem to have much effect or makes you break out.
Having tried a few face masks, more natural based than synthetic, I found one that I really got on well with. Unfortunately, for some unknown reason it went out of production and I was on the look-out for something new...
Lush, the natural bath and cosmetics company then came into mind. Not the first place I would go for a face mask, as they tend to be much more expensive than your typical drugstore mask. But I thought what the heck, I haven't tried any of them yet so I may as well!
In case you haven't heard who Lush are, or what they're about, they are a great little company who specialise in creating unique bath and body items made from as many natural ingredients as possible. Their range of products include bath ballistics (aka. bath bombs), bubble bars (for making beautiful bubble baths), soap, moisturisers, lotions, shower gels and jellies and many other intriguing items. They do not test test on animals and many of their products are vegan!
So off I go to my local Lush shop in search of some face food! I love how Lush present their face masks in store - in big silver serving bowls with great big dollops of each face mask complete with a serving spoon (I presume for filling larger pots, demonstrations and giving samples). These big bowls sit on a platform of crushed ice, which looking at it overall reminds me of a fishmongers! Thank god they don't smell of fish - far from it! As their face masks are fresh, they are recommended to be used within 2-3 weeks of purchasing and kept in the fridge.
After discussing my skin type with a sales assistant they recommended me A Crash Course In Skin Care, one of 7 different fresh face masks. Upon reading the brief description of each one, many seem quite similar in sorting out problem skin, apart from the noticeably different colours textures and ingredients. So what makes A Crash Course In Skincare unique from the 6 other masks?
A Crash Course In Skincare is described by Lush as a 'Cooling, soothing mask for facial emergencies.' Now I wouldn't say I have particularly bad skin, it does get dry in places and oily in others, so I wasn't sure if this was the right sort of mask. However, when looking at the list of ingredients I was easily persuaded...
Ingredients: Fresh Avocado, Kaolin, Natural Yoghurt, Glycerine, Talc, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sandalwood Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Chamomile Oil, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume.
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
Avocado, natural yoghurt and chamomile are fantastic for soothing skin and very softening. Kaolin is a clay that is also great in cleaning the skin by lifting out all that dirt from your pores and leaving it feeling very refreshed.
A Crash Course In Skincare can be bought in a small plaster container with a press down lid. On the lid is a sticker telling you the name of the product, the Lush logo, weight, a small 'caption', directions for use and contact details. You get 100g of the mask, which is a very pale grey-green colour and smells of natural yoghurt and lemon. Quite a pleasant smell and I'm sure it reminds me of something... (no not lemon yoghurt!) 100g will set you back £5.75 and is enough for roughly 4-5 treatments depending on how much you like to use. Now.... while this seems like an okay price, what puts me off is that it has to be used up within the 2-3 weeks of buying. I normally will only use a mask once a week, which means a waste of money for me, if it means using only half of it.
However, since I splashed out on it, I thought I'd try it according to the Lush recommendations....
I cleansed beforehand (as is usually recommended before using face masks) and proceeded to open the tub which I'd just taken from the fridge. Scooping a bit out with fingers, it's very cold (well obviously!) and very thick. Almost a paste, but smoothe. I decided to spread it on in a very easy and liberal manner to make sure there was enough on. Almost instantly, my skin felt very soothed and invigorated at the same time. It tingled a little bit, but I'm not sure whether this was down to the fact that the mask was cold, or whether it was the ingredients getting to work!
Lush recommend to leave this mask on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water, so after 10 minutes off I head to the bathroom to wash it off, and boy it takes a lot of water to get off! It doesn't dry completely but really seems to stick to the skin, which of course is a good thing, but washing off took me at least 20 minutes! After that hoo-ha and patting my face dry, I have to say my face felt so fresh and was glowing! Even the last face masks I used to buy couldn't compare!
I continued using the face masks twice a week and noticed a real difference. My face was less dry and oily, and felt so much cleaner and happier!
However, even though because it is a great face mask, I'm just not convinced that spending £5.75 for 2-3 weeks is within what I would be happy to pay. That is the only thing that would stop me buying it I'm afraid, but other than that, I think it's great in terms of balancing out my skin and preventing spots breaking out. If you don't mind spending the money then I would recommend it most definitely, but if you're wanting something a little cheaper then you may find something else that does the job, but not quite with the same with the benefits of natural ingredients!
A Crash Course In Skincare can also be bought online from Lush.co.uk, but can only be shipped within the U.K as it is a fresh product. Postage is also included in the sale price.
As a devoted Lush user, when my teenage daughter started having skin problems I rushed to my local Lush store. The Lush Crash course in skin care was highly recommended by the sales staff. My daughter was very prejudiced when I gave it to her as none of her friends used it. With some gently cajoling she tried it out and I now regret pushing as I really like it myself! Amazing that something that works on teenager's skin is wonderful for middle age skin!
Since getting Lemony Flutter cuticle cream a few months ago, I must admit I'm becoming a bit of an addict when it comes to Lush products and if I'm in Dundee for the day, then a visit to the Lush shop there is a must.
I've had a few problems with my face lately and was recommended to try this product as I have sensitive skin and I thought a mask would be a good idea to make my skin silky smooth and rid itself of impurities.
Lush is a company that specialises in making and selling beauty products made of fresh natural ingredients that do not contain animal ingredients. They make the products by hand and you will see on your product who made it by a sticker with a cartoon picture and the person's name. The products aren't tested on animals and there is a wide range from bath products to haircare, from fragrances to skincare - they have it all.
There are two ways you can purchase their products, the website or from the shops themselves. As we have a shop in a nearby town I choose to go there as you can actually test and try the products you are thinking of buying. This is how my attention was drawn to this product.
***What Is It?***
A Crash Course in Skincare is a facemask aimed at those who like a natural approach to skincare. Marketed as "Just the way your mum would make it (if she knew what she was doing)" this blend of avocado and yoghurt makes this mask quite a traditional blend mixed with a few extra oils to make it smell nice.
The oils in this case are lemongrass, lavender, chamomile and sandalwood mixed with lemon juice, which gives it a lovely fresh fragrance. As with all of the masks, these are not full of preservatives so they do have a short shelf life. In this case it's 3 weeks and there is enough in the pot for 4 or 5 facemasks. It comes in a clear plastic 100g tub and should be stored in the fridge.
I have used the Cupcake variety from Lush before and although I loved the minty, chocolatey smell, it was a little bit messy when removing it so I wanted something that had a smoother texture and this one fitted the bill as it was also aimed at sensitive souls like myself. As with the other facemasks in the shop, it was stored on ice to keep it nice and fresh.
As soon as I got it home I just had to give it a go. The smell of it was lovely and I was dying to see what result it would give me. The texture of this mask is very smooth and easy to apply and it looks a bit like putty at first inspection with it's creamy coloured appearance.
After applying all over my face and neck with the exception of my eyes, I went through and was instantly greeted with sniggers from my family although they did say it didn't look as scary as when I had the cupcake one on. It says to leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes or until it dries and I could feel my face tightening as this happened. I had applied a reasonably thin layer so it dried completely after 7 minutes.
Removing it was easy as I used a pad of cotton wool dipped in warm water and it came off remarkably well. As with all masks you can sometimes miss a bit so it is important to have a good look and get someone else to check if need be for any spots that are more difficult to see.
I remember when I was younger, I used a mask before a night out and was devastated to see that it had left me all blotchy as I was expecting my skin to look amazing instantly. Now I'm a bit more prepared for the redness and spots that come out after using this type of product so I wasn't at all surprised to see my cheeks had turned a reddish colour. There were a few pimples that had appeared to but luckily nothing bigger than that, probably due to the fact that I have quite a good skincare regime anyway and haven't ever been prone to getting big spots.
My skin did feel a lot tighter and softer and looked smoother after using this mask and by the next morning the redness had calmed down to leave me with a lovely complexion despite the small wrinkles that I have to own up to having.
I must say that although I will probably try some of the other masks by Lush in the future this one will probably end up being the favourite and the one I use most often.
***Price and Availability***
I bought this from my Lush store in Dundee for £5.50 for the 100g tub. You can also get it on the website of course if you prefer to shop online although there will be a postage charge.