Product Type: Lush body care
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Almost good enough to eat!
Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask
Advantages: Made my skin look bright, radiant and soft
Disadvantages: Irritated my skin
I'm a huge fan of Lush's fresh face masks, and especially the offer which allows you to get a free one when you take five black pots back to the store. Almost all my fresh face masks were obtained this way. The most recent one I've tried is Oatifix.
Oatifix is designed for dry skin and resembles porridge in appearance and scent. It contains fresh organic bananas, which are very rich and help to condition the skin. Illipe butter is also included, and this is a very moisturising ingredient. Oatmeal, ground almonds and kaolin are designed to bind the ingredients and these also add texture to the mask, so it can be used as a gentle facial scrub. Vanilla pod and sandalwood oil scent the mask and talc prevents it from being too greasy. The mask is suitable for vegans. The ingredients are meant to be very nourishing and look after dry and sensitive skin.
To be honest, I don't actually have dry skin. In fact it is prone to oiliness especially around my T-zone. However it can be a bit sensitive, so I thought the mask might be suitable. In fact I just wanted to give it a try as it sounded so yummy!
As with all Lush's fresh face masks, this one should be stored in the fridge to stop it from going off. This makes them feel wonderfully cooling and soothing on the skin, and Oatifix is no exception. I cleansed my face thoroughly and then applied a thin layer of the mask. Though it has a porridge-like texture, it is a bit thinner than conventional porridge so it is easy to apply, and luckily it is quite sticky so it doesn't fall off the face even after several minutes.
The mask smells absolutely amazing - like sweet sugary porridge. It didn't taste bad either - I couldn't help licking around my lips when I was wearing the mask, though I wouldn't recommend this as a normal course of action!
While wearing the mask, I did find that I experienced a slight itchy feeling on my face which was rather annoying. I experienced it each time I used the mask, so it wasn't a one-off incident. However it wasn't unbearable and it didn't have any visible ill-effects on my skin, so I continued to use the mask.
After leaving the mask on for ten to fifteen minutes, I washed it off my face. This was slightly tricky as the mask was quite sticky and bits of it kept getting stuck in my hair! As I was taking the mask off I kept rubbing my skin a bit to gently exfoliate.
After use I applied toner and moisturiser to my skin. My face felt refreshed and soft and looked bright and healthy. Longer term, I noticed that while I was using the mask my skin was in great condition. My skin tone was more even and my complexion looked healthy and radiant. I didn't have any dry bits as I occasionally do. I went home for a week and even my mam commented that my skin was looking good. When I first started using the mask, I got a few spots and thought the mask was to blame, but then I went home for a week and started to use different cleansing and moisturising products on my face. I didn't get any spots after that, so maybe the products I was using in London were responsible - either that, or the combination of those products plus the mask were too much for my skin.
I was impressed with the mask, particularly given that it wasn't designed for my skin type. It did make my skin look and feel good. However it did seem to irritate my skin a little - rather ironic considering it is supposed to be for sensitive skin, but perhaps my skin just doesn't like one of the ingredients. I did like the mask, but might not choose it again myself for this reason. I do recommend it, though.
The mask costs £5.75 for a 75g tub, but as mentioned previously you can choose a free one when you take 5 black pots back to Lush. The mask lasts three to four weeks if kept in the fridge, and I've sometimes used masks past this time with no ill effects. I get around 7-8 masks out of a tub, so it is good value even though it is expensive.
Summary: A lovely fresh face mask from Lush