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Lush Enzymion Moisturiser
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Lush Enzymion Moisturiser
Advantages: Lovely ingredients, great for oily skin
Disadvantages: No sunscreen, expensive
As you will know if you read my reviews regularly, I am trying to work my way through every product made by one of my favourite companies, Lush. Lush are probably best known for their soaps and solid bath products, but they also have a considerable skincare range, including a number of facial moisturisers for pretty much every skin type. Earlier this year I bought a pot of Enzymion moisturiser, and as I have nearly finished the pot I thought the time was right to write a review.
***Tracing the story of Enzymion***
Enzymion is a moisturiser designed for oily skin. The name was inspired by John Keats' poem 'Endymion', and by the fact that it contains enzymes. These come from the fresh fruit which goes to make up the moisturiser, particularly papaya, and help to stimulate and brighten the skin. The moisturiser is full of fruit ingredients, including lemon juice which helps keep the skin matte, and tangerine and lime oils which help to tone the skin and add a lovely refreshing citrus fragrance to the product.
Obviously a moisturiser has to moisturise, and the oils and butters in this product have been specially chosen to nourish the skin without being greasy. Cocoa butter, avocado oil, evening primrose oil and wheatgerm oil gently moisturise without being too rich. Aloe vera gel is good for sensitive skin. The moisturiser is suitable for vegans, and a 45g pot costs £13.75. There are many cheaper moisturisers out there, but there are also many that are more expensive: including most other Lush moisturisers.
I was drawn to Enzymion not only because of the cool name, but because I have oily and combination skin, particularly in the summer when I often end up with a shiny T-zone. My skin can also be sensitive, and I trust Lush products not to irritate it. Lush state that the moisturiser is especially good under makeup, as it helps to keep oil at bay, giving makeup better staying power on the skin. This sounded great, as I would love to be able to apply powder less often!
***My impressions of Enzymion***
I know some people don't like pots of moisturiser, finding them unhygienic, but I really like them, as it means there is no waste. I also find Lush black pots to fasten securely, and can transport them if I need to without worrying that they will open in my bag. This was especially good to know with this product, as the moisturiser is quite thin, with a very light, lotion-like quality. Having said that, it isn't particularly runny. The moisturiser is very pale yellow and has a lovely delicate fragrance that reminds me of citrus and tropical fruits.
To use, I dab my finger into the product and dab a little over my face before blending in with my fingers. The moisturiser is very thin indeed but I still don't need to use very much. It sinks in very easily, and doesn't feel at all heavy or rich on my skin - I can hardly tell it is there. It is so light that I actually wondered if it wouldn't be moisturising enough - my cheeks in particular do get a bit dry sometimes - but this wasn't the case at all: my face as a whole felt absolutely fine, not dry or tight in the slightest, and was visibly soft and smooth, with no dry patches.
The matte effect was obvious from the first application, and the effect lasted. I've always used face powder to tone down shine, and in the past have had to reapply powder and, more recently, oil-absorbing sheets at some point during the day. Since using this moisturiser I haven't had to use as much powder and I haven't had to reapply it nearly so often; my oil-absorbing sheets have become almost redundant, though this does vary from day to day. My makeup looks better and my eyeshadow doesn't crease as much. I have experienced no skin irritation whatsoever from this moisturiser.
Unfortunately, the moisturiser doesn't contain a sunscreen, which is a real pity as it's the summer when I really need to use it. During the week it isn't a problem, as I work indoors, but at the weekend I've had to switch to another moisturiser when I'm out and about. I've been using Lush's British Nanny, which DOES have a sunscreen, but is way too rich for my skin.
Though the lightness of the moisturiser is perfect for warmer weather, I have a feeling I will need something a bit heavier when winter begins to kick in and my skin takes a bit of a battering. This isn't too big a deal though, as if I buy a pot of this at the beginning of the summer it lasts all the way through and runs out just in time for the beginning of the colder weather. My pot, which is nearly empty, has lasted all season though I should point out that I haven't used it every day (mainly because of the lack of sunscreen).
The moisturiser is also a bit pricey, but it works so well that I am willing to pay this price. It's hard to find a really good moisturiser that helps to keep oily skin under control, and I don't think the price is as bad as it could be, particularly as the moisturiser uses high quality fresh ingredients.
Of all the Lush moisturisers I have tried, this one is my favourite. It is good for my sensitive skin and is perfect for my skin type. The lovely smell and unusual name are added bonuses. Definitely a product that I recommend and I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase.
Summary: Lovely Lush moisturiser for oily skin