Product Type: Lush body care
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Why Didn't I Just Read The Ingredients List ?
Lush Emzymion Face Cream
Member Name: missmaile
Lush Emzymion Face Cream
Advantages: Absorbs well and feel light when first applied.
Disadvantages: Dries out skin and caused me great irritation and soreness.
I have had a lot of trouble finding a moisturiser which is suitable for my super sensitive skin so when I noticed that Lush do moisturisers I though surely one of theirs would be suitable for me as they are all nice and natural.
I have worked my way through a few moisturisers from Lush now and there have been many disasters along the way, the worst being when I used Enzymion.
I purchased my tub of Enzymion when I was quite new to Lush and I daftly did not check what sort of skin type it was intended for, nor its ingredients and for this I paid dearly.
Enzymion is in a little black screw top tub which contains 45g of moisturiser. On the tub is the ingredients list, some information about the product and a little round sticker with details of when it was made and by who along with a picture of its maker and a use by date. The price of Enzymion is £12 making it one of the more affordable moisturisers from Lush.
Enzymion is a little off white in colour and is not thick and creamy like many moisturisers but quite watery looking and thin in consistency. This moisturiser is meant to absorb oil and as my forehead was feeling a bit oily I though this would be good, how wrong I was.
I cleansed and toned my face and then began to apply the moisturiser. The thinness of the moisturiser made it easy to apply and spread, it also sinks into the skin very quickly leaving very little sticky residue which I have found to be annoying in other moisturisers - it did not leave my skin looking shiny, I really do not like it when my face feels like it has a layer over it, I like moisturiser to absorb into my skin and disappear.
It was not long before my face began to burn and feel sore, I started scratching at it furiously and rubbing at my face, I tried to stick it out thinking that my skin just needed to get used to moisturiser as I had not used any for so long, but no, eventually I just had to wash it off.
I was dismayed to find that there was little relief in washing off the moisturiser because my skin was red raw and burning still and had patches which were raised. After several hours my skin was still amazingly sore and red and was a messy mix of a raised rah and dry patches, I was horrified and feeling very sorry for myself and annoyed that I had not checked the ingredients.
The ingredients in Enzymion as given on the Lush website are -
Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion (Citrus limonum)
Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis)
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)
Freshly Juiced Papaya (Carica papaya)
Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima)
Freshly Juiced Organic Lemon (Citrus limonum)
Cold Pressed Organic Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis)
Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare)
Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata)
Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia)
Taking a look at the ingredients made me see that this really was not the moisturiser for me (well that and the fact that my face looked like something from a horror movie!). The acidic contents such as lemon and lime are really not suitable for sensitive skin.
For the next 8 days my skin felt irritable and tight. The first 4 or 5 days after using Enzymion my skin looked red raw with patched which were very dry, other patches were spotty and my whole face just felt like it was on fire, so I hardly left the house as on the few times I did I felt everyone was looking at me and thinking how awful I looked. I applied calamine lotion to try and soothe it a little, it worked a bit but I was still very uncomfortable.
I have definitely learnt that in future I will need to check ingredients thoroughly and it may be best with me to consult with an assistant in Lush before using facial care products to try and avoid this happening again.
Obviously I can't recommend this product, I was pleased with how light it felt and how easily it was absorbed after the initial application but that's where its plus points end, someone with normal skin may find this suitable. This is meant for oily skin, and my forehead was oily and with all the irritation on the rest of my face, my forehead actually looked okay, so it seemed to work there, but on the rest of my face where excess oil was not a problem it dried my skin out badly.
Summary: I will definitely checkingredients before using a facial care product again !