“ Brand: Lush / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Believe it or not, it is currently summer in the UK (I have heard the term 'Juneuary' used to describe the recent weather) and as a precaution I always like to have some form of SPF to use on my face this season. In the past I've always gone for Factor 50, but decided to relax this recently as even the UK's hottest days rarely require this level of protection, particularly as I spend as little time outside as possible. As a fan of Lush, I was keen to sample their only moisturiser with SPF (they used to make others but they have been discontinued) and purchased a pot of British Nanny (formerly known as Skin Nanny) with a high SPF of 30.
British Nanny was originally known as Skin Nanny and it was discontinued last year. However, there was such an outcry among customers that it was brought back, but only to this country - hence the new name of British Nanny (also inspired by Mary Poppins).
***Lush and sunscreen***
Lush have faced difficulties sourcing ingredients for their SPF moisturisers as rules surrounding sunscreens mean that they often have to be tested on animals, which Lush are completely against. They also used to make Ultralight, a moisturiser with a SPF of 10, and Paradise Regained with an SPF of 25, but British Nanny is the only moisturiser still available from Lush with sunscreen included.
***Price and availability***
When I first started researching my review, I couldn't find British Nanny on the website as Lush were apparently having trouble sourcing an ingredient. This should be sorted soon however and the moisturiser will be available both in-store and online. It costs around £25 for a pot which is quite pricey, but I bought my tub from eBay for about half the price.
**What's in it?***
British Nanny is full of lovely luxurious ingredients to care for and protect your skin, including a base of Brunello Lily infusion, glycerine and shea butter, the latter of which is highly moisturising and helps to protect the skin. Almond oil and hibiscus seed oil condition the skin with Vitamin C and Vitamin E respectively, while other essential oils including coconut, jojoba, starflower and ylang ylang help to nourish the skin and contribute to the scent. Lanolin comes from sheeps' wool and is often used in conditioner: it helps to bind all the ingredients together and protect the skin.
The inclusion of lanolin and bee pollen sadly mean that this cream is unsuitable for vegans, as it contains animal derived ingredients - though like all Lush products it is completely suitable for vegetarians.
This moisturiser does NOT contain cocoa butter - this means it is suitable for those people who are allergic to it.
Like Lush's other moisturisers, British Nanny comes in a 45g black pot (which can be taken back to Lush after use along with four others in order to get a free fresh face mask). The screw-top lid is extremely secure and never comes off by itself, but it is easy to unscrew when you want. The design of the tub also means that it's possible to get every last scrap of moisturiser out. The Lush logo on the tub has the British flag as the background, unlike the more common yellow and green, and the label states: "Nanny your skin with our richest moisturiser and protect it from the sun's harmful rays.".
You could put this pot into your bag and take it anywhere with you, as it is so thick it won't spill, run or move. Lush do state that it is their thickest cream, and it is certainly the thickest face cream I've ever used. It is even thicker than the Body Shop's body butters. The cream is a pale off-white colour with tiny little specks and has a lovely delicate floral scent - Lush state that this is the fragrance of honeysuckle and that it is the same as the 9 to 5 Cleanser - I haven't tried this myself however so I can't comment. The scent has a creamy undertone to it which I would imagine is the shea butter and the various oils contained within the moisturiser.
To use the moisturiser, I simply washed my face as normal and scooped out a little product with my finger. I dabbed it onto the skin and blended in. I only used the cream during the day because of the SPF and only needed a tiny amount at once, so I imagine a tub would last for ages. The cream was extremely thick but I was able to blend it onto my skin, though my skin remained shiny after use and to an extent I thought the product was sitting on it. Still, my skin felt very soft and I was able to apply makeup on top of the moisturiser. The scent remained on my skin for a short while, but wasn't overpowering.
I used the product for a couple of weeks in a row before giving my verdict. The moisturiser felt very luxurious to use and conditioned and moisturised my skin very well. It didn't irritate my skin at all and lasted all day on my skin. In general, my skin looked and felt nourished and cared for while using the cream.
However, it was far too thick for my slightly oily skin. I am used to suncreams being thicker and greasier than standard moisturisers, but this was extremely thick - thicker than a body butter. My skin looked shiny after use and my pores seemed to be emphasised. I also got a few spots from using this product as it was simply too much for my skin. I found it difficult to apply makeup on top, and I found that powder caked and eyeshadow creased (even though I was using a primer). If I touched my face, I could feel the moisturiser sitting there even at the end of the day, when you would have thought it would have fully absorbed.
On the plus side, the cream did seem to offer strong skin protection from weather in general. My mam was down in London for a few days and we decided to take a tour bus around the city. We sat on the top deck for four hours despite high winds and intermittent rain. Afterwards, my mam said that her skin felt weather-beaten but mine, though slightly flushed, still looked and felt soft and conditioned.
Though I like this moisturiser's high SPF, luxurious ingredients, cruelty-free philosophy and scent, I probably won't be repurchasing as it is far too rich for my skin. I will carry on using this tub until it is used up but after that I will look for a different moisturiser with sun protection. I'd only buy this product again if I needed strong protection from the elements - for example if I was travelling to Antarctica, going ski-ing or trekking across the desert. Normally, however, I just need a moisturiser that will protect my skin from the sun, keep my skin matte and provide a good base for makeup!
Skin Nanny is a moisturiser with SPF, meant for 'mature' skin. I'm only 23 so my skin hasn't reached mature in skin terms quite yet (I remember reading on some other product that 'mature' means age 25 and over!). I would not have bought this moisturiser if I had gotten the samples in a shop, but I got a sample of this and two other moisturisers with an order I made with Lush Online, as that was the special offer at that time.
My sample came in a screw-top tin like the tins used for the lip balms, with stickers on the lid and base with the Lush logo and product name on the top. On the bottom sticker is the made by initial and date, and the use by date, as well as the weight. There are no ingredients listed, you are referred to the website for them. There is a note that says: 'Bring this empty tin back for recycling and get £1 off the full size pot!'.
If you buy a full size pot of this moisturiser, you get one of Lush's plain black plastic pots with full ingredients listed on the label. Five of these pots, when empty, can be exchanged for a free Fresh Face Mask in store.
Skin Nanny smells like a slightly medicinal version of apple juice, which is still quite tasty-smelling in case you're wondering! It is a pale creamy colour, and when I first started using it there were some orange flecks present on top but once the cream on the surface had been used there were no more. It is very thick and I would be very surprised if anyone needed more than one finger scoop of this for their whole face.
I have only recently been using this product on my whole face. I have been using very small amounts for months to soothe the patches of dry skin I sometimes get, and this works very well, it is a very soothing product. However, I ran out of my usual Vanishing Cream a couple of weeks ago and so I have been experimenting with other products.
Once before I tried using Skin Nanny undiluted over my whole face, and once was enough! It is a heavyweight moisturiser and I can feel it on my skin all day. It makes my face shiny just like sun protection creams normally do and I was pretty uncomfortable. I decided not to even try putting foundation on top of it. I have found that if I dilute it with water I can use it and put mineral foundation on top, however, I can still feel it on my skin and by the end of the day the powder on my forehead has creased.
Skin Nanny is obviously not the ideal product for me to use all over my face, though I will still use it to moisturise the dry patches I occasionally get. If you have dry skin this might be just what you've been looking for. It hasn't brought me out in spots, my skin has actually been in good condition since using this, but it is uncomfortable for me to use.
This is quite an expensive moisturiser, at £25.50 for 45g, so I would suggest you try before you buy.
What is Lush?
Lush was formerly known as 'Cosmetics to Go' and quite appropriately changed its named which I think suite it best because the only way to describe their products is they smell and look 'lush'. All the products are vegetarian and a lot are vegan. Nothing is tested on animals and they make sure every ingredient is sourced from companies that also do not test on animals. They support many charities and often do limited edition items to gain money for charities or campaigns. They make a lot of 'naked' products, which come with no packaging. Their bags, wrapping and even the stuff that comes in the boxes to protect gift sets are all made from recycled items and can be put in a composter or recycled. They are very much an ethically aware company.
What are Lush Moisturisers?
Plain and simply they are a range of facial moisturisers designed for specific skin types eg, normal, oily, spotty, mature etc. Some have spf protection for those with fair skin, going on holiday or those who want to protect their skin from harmful sun rays. If you are unsure what skin type you have, or if you have combination skin, eg, oily forhead but normal everywhere else, I would recommend asking one of the helpful shop assistants.
I have very fair skin which on the whole is normal. I sometimes get an oily forehead as I have a thick full fringe and occasionally get a small dry patch if I have been swimming a lot. I was recommended Skinny Nanny by the shop assistant when I asked for a moisturiser with an spf for fair skin in the summer.
What is Skinny Nanny?
Although I was recommended this for fair skin due to its spf 30, it is mainly for those wanting to combat wrinkles or want good sun protection.
A 40g pot costs £25.50. It may seem very expensive but if you read the full ingredients list from www.lush.co.uk you will see that your paying for the high quality ingredients rather than buying a standard shop bought moisturiser where 90% of the cost is for fancy packaging. Lush use plain black pots so the money can be spent on the best ingreidents to make the products stand out from every other on the market.
Plus you only need a small blob for your whole face as it goes a long way and absorbs in so easily. One pot will easy last 6 months used once a day. Then when your finished with your pot, wash it out and save it until you have 5 (can be from any lush product) and swap it for a free fresh face mask worth £4.95 !
What makes Skin Nanny so special?
Fresh apple in Skin Nanny contain natural AHA's which help to combat free radicals. Lush use all of the fruit to gain all of the goodness to leave your skin protected and looking amazing.
Starflower oil is great at moisturising and hydrating your skin.
Vitamins C and E are contained naturally within almond and hibiscus oils. They ahve the ability to penetrate your skin and smooth out any wrinkles. I am only 25 but was told by a good skin care expert to combat wrinkles before you get them by looking after your skin, otherwise you will get them and waste a fortune trying to get rid of them and fail in most cases. The best thing to do is to take care of your skin to prevent getting them or getting as many.
It contains SPF 30 High which is great for use on holiday or in this country to protect your skin from sun damage.
Shea butter is one of natures bets moisturisers so is great especially for dry or mature skin.
Organic Coconut Oil is hydrating and soothing on the skin.
There are more great ingredients which add to the greatness of this product.
At first I was worried that I was missold the wrong moisturiser for my young fair skin however I do feel I need a high SPF which this product gives. It took a while to get used to the thick texture as I am use to the lightness of Gorgegous, Vanishing cream and Paridise Regained. The thick texture will be great for dry or mature skin but I found it too thick for me and hard to rub into the skin, it just felt greasy. I now use this moisturiser when I go on holiday to hot climates as it is that extra protection from the sun and is great for soothing my skin in such a dry climate.
Unless on holiday I will not use this product. Itis far too heavy for my skin and can appear greasy and too rich. I do like the spf but apart from that I don;t really like this product.
As part of my new skincare routine I decided to start incorporating a night cream. I looked to LUSH who don't sell any creams that are specifically night creams, but some that can be used that way. There are quite a few to choose from and I narrowed it down to Skin Nanny - I would like to try the others but at £25 for a go, I could only afford the one but I'm very pleased with the one I picked.
My reason for a new skincare routine is because the winter had left my skin (particularly on my face) very dry and flaky. From the moment I applied this, I noticed a difference and so did my boyfriend. From using this just once my skin looked moisturised, glowing, and even shiny? Never does my skin look shiny! I have to keep using this regularly, which I do every night and then I use Dermologica in the morning. I also use this around the eye area and it makes a fab eye cream. In the morning it's fully absorbed and my skin is smoother and make-up application is easier. I generally look less tired and my skin is brighter. This is everything that other moisturisers have promised but usually fall short. Skinny Nanny doesn't!
This is an ultra rich cream which makes it perfect as a night cream. It doesn't absorb quickly and can be quite greasy, so applying this is the very last thing I do before sleeping - if I apply this then talk on the phone it smears all over my mobile.
Skinny Nanny has SPF30 in it, but sadly because of how rich it is I can't wear this during the day. It also doesn't look good under foundation for me and my make-up doesn't last as long.
Skinny Nanny costs £25 for a tiny 45g pot making it higher than most LUSH products. The pot looks like it would last 3 months, but surprisingly it has lasted me ages. I've been using it for 3 months now and I've only use about a third of the product. You only need a small amount; it spreads well and is effective with just a thin layer. There is an expiration date of 12 months from purchase date, but judging by how much I am using it'll probably take me 12 months to finish anyway.
I bought a Body Shop night cream so that I could alternate it with Skinny Nanny as I was worried I would be using the product up too quickly - I ended up giving my Body Shop night cream away and now just use this.
This product is full of natural ingredients, vitamins C & E and is paraben-free. It's great for sensitive skin. The ingredients along with what they bring to this product are: bruello lily infusion, glycerine (commonly found in soap), shea butter (for it's emollient properties), ethythexyl methoxycinnamete (UVA protection), cold pressed organic almond oil, glyceryl stearate & PEG 100 stearate, cetearyl alcohol, organic coconut oil, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (UVA protection), organic joboa oil, cold pressed organic starflower oil (moisturising and soothing properties for dry or mature skin), hibiscus seed oil (found in olive oil, helps the formation of healthy cells), fresh apple juice (antioxidant), lanolin, everlasting flower absolute, ylang ylang oil (gives Skinny Nanny a sweet and floral fragrance), bee pollen, candelilla wax (agent preventing moisture loss), benzyl alcohol (extends shelf life), hydroxycitronellal.
Lush Skin Nanny
Anyone who reads my reviews may know that I am very partial to Lush products and Skin Nanny is no exception. Skin Nanny is a facial moisturiser with a bit of a difference. It comes in the familiar 'Lush' trademark little black pot, about 2" in diameter and about 1" high, with a black screw on top. The product label is on the top of the lid and has Skin Nanny in bold white lettering followed by 'Facial Moisturiser'.
This is what 'Lush' have to say about their product:-
"Anti-ageing skin protection, the natural way to protect your skin from wrinkles. If you are going out in the sun and want to protect your skin, you've got to choose a moisturiser with some protection. Skin Nanny has got natural AHA's from fruits. We use freshly squeezed apple juice not synthetics. It's all part of our holistic approach to keeping your skin bright by using the whole fruit. Starflower oil moisturises and hydrates your skin. Skin Nanny's C and E vitamins come naturally with Almond and Hibiscus oils to penetrate your skin and smooth wrinkles. We give it an emollient Jojoba, Camellia and Candalilia wax complex to revive your skin immediately. All in all, we are delighted to have a Skin Nanny taking care of our faces. SPF 3 High."
When applied to the face this moisturiser is a little different to most. It isn't so much a cream but more like a vaseline, it feels very oily on the skin and takes a good 15 to 20 minutes to massage into the skin. It smells wonderful but is a very strong smell and may not be to every body's taste, it is very difficult for me to describe this scent so I will refrain from even trying. This cream is very very good. It fills out all the little lines and wrinkles, making them less visible and noticeable and leaves a soft sheen on your face. I personally have to use it at night only as it does take so long to be absorbed by the skin and I have little time in the mornings for so much messing about with skin care products.
Would I recommend this product? Yes I certainly would recommend this if you have dry skin and need a very good moisturiser or if you have combination skin, like myself, but want to hold back the signs of ageing. It smells lovely, as with most of 'Lush's' products, and on my skin, (I have just turned 50), it works extremely well at reducing those little fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves your skin very soft and smooth with a lovely sheen to the skin, the AHA's that the cream contains, strips the face of all the old and dead skin and allows the new skin underneath to shine through.
The pot of cream seems very small and there doesn't appear to be very much of the product, however it goes onto your skin like a vaseline, and a tiny bit does go a very long way therefore lasting quite a few months before needing to be replaced. So I would say at a cost of £25.50 for a pot of 45 grammes I think that it is very good value for money.
Having really dry and sensitive skin I'm always on the look out for new moisturising products. Even although I find one which I feel does the job and suits my skin it's almost as if, through time, my skin either gets drier again or becomes immune to the moisturising effects of the products I am currently using. Of course it is true, that I do like to experiment as well and regularly try out new products.
I recently received a gift set from Lush, which included a number of sample size products, I was so excited as I really love Lush products and, of course, the prospect of reviewing the various products is always an exciting outlook too!
The first product I tried was Skin Nanny - a moisturiser with anti-ageing properties aimed at the slightly older, tired skin, I must emphasise SLIGHTLY older!
Being a sample size it came in a VERY small silver tin with a screw on lid, a bit similar in size to that of a lip balm. Being so small there wasn't really very much information on the tin, just the name on the front and a label on the back telling you that if you take the empty tin back into the shop you will get a whole £1 off the full size 45g pot, which I might add costs a whopping £24.47! The sample size tin holds 10g and as I received this as part of a gift set I am not quite sure of the price, although my friend assures me that the sample size tin costs £4.75, although I can't verify this. It also tells me on the tin that the product must be used by 06/03/10, which gives it a life of approximately 1 year.
When I first opened the tin I wasn't really aware of any fragrance, it did have a smell but smelt quite natural with a fairly oily scent to it. It looked quite odd, off white in colour with a creamy texture that had yellow coloured oil on the top, as if it has separated from the cream. To be quite honest, this may sound really bizarre, but it reminded me of a cake mixture just after you creamed the butter and sugar together and have started to add the egg, when it hasn't all quite blended together! Ok so you will have guessed that from the look of the product I wasn't overly impressed, but then as we all know we shouldn't always judge a book by its cover, and after all it wasn't the look of the product I was testing, it was the performance.
When I first used the product I did find it difficult to actually get on to my finger, with it having an oily surface it just seemed to slip off again. I tried to mix it up a little with my finger in order to make it more blended and a little easier to get out of the tub. Once I had done this I managed to get the moisturiser from the tub to my face. I was impressed with the fact that I only needed a very small amount. It was very easy to massage into my skin. It didn't irritate my skin at all, no stinging or tightness, in fact, it made my skin feel really nice. The first time I used it was during the day and it did leave my skin very oily looking, I did feel it absorbed into my skin really quickly but it left an oily film over my face.
Since then I have been applying this moisturiser at night and 4 weeks down the line I am amazed to report that I do still have a tiny amount left (only enough for another couple of applications). I have applied this moisturiser once daily, everyday, before going to bed.
But what about the results. The product claims to have anti-ageing and skin tightening properties. After 4 weeks I can't really say whether or not it is going to help slow down the inevitable signs of ageing but I do feel it has tightened my skin slightly. It has certainly eliminated any areas of dry skin. I tend to have quite a flaky forehead, often having visible tiny flakes of dry skin. I am happy to say that over the past 4 weeks I have not been bothered with any flakes at all, my skin feels great, moisturiser and healthy. I would definitely recommend this product and would like to buy it again for myself but I must admit the price tag does put me off a bit, but then if a small 10g tub lasts for 4 weeks, a 45g tub should technically then last for 4 months so I suppose it would be better value for money then! I think this is something I could use my Dooyoo earnings for!
I am not going to list all the ingredients as there are far too many of them, however, a full list of ingredients is available at www.lush.co.uk. Lush do guarantee that all the products they use are natural and are very strongly against animal testing.
Skin nanny is a moisturizer only available from lush and costs nearly £25 a pot (45g). If you don't wish to read the rest of this review let me summarize now - Buy palmers coco butter with vitamin E instead =).
The moisturizers also doubles up as uv protection, in store they told me it was factor 15 but I have not seen this stated anywhere else. This product is a little hard to review as I have mixed opinions on it. The main other moisturizer I use is palmers coco butter which cost just a few pound and you get more of it.
Main use is for the face only, could be used for hands also but a bit too greasy for that and you may end up dropping things.
The product itself is quite thick, same kind of thickness as the marshmallow filling you get in chocolate tea cakes. When put on it is a little greasy and remains greasy unless you wash it off which is quite easy to do.
As of yet it hasn't stained any of my clothing and I know I have gotten it on my jeans at least.
Generally I would say a morning application will have worn off by the evening leaving parts of your face feeling a little dry. The 45g will last a long time though as each application only requires about the amount as you would toothpaste on a tooth brush.
Ease of use:
It is easy to use despite its unusually thick texture but leaves you feeling greasy.
Almost scentless =(
Does it work:
I cant comment on the uv protection but as a moisturizer it does work, though there are better ones imo.
There are imo two much better alternatives to this product, clinique (cost £50 per 50ml) and palmers cocco butter (lasts forever and costs a few pound).
The clinique for men is very expensive so I don't use that anymore but it is VERY good, however a good alternative is the palmers co butter:
Wet your face with a little warm water, use a pea sized amount of coco butter warming it in your hands by rubbing them together. Apply to your WET face. Now this will be greasy for a little bit and look shinny at first so don't use just before going out but the greasy shinny look disappears completely by the time you have gotten ready and had breakfast. It also makes your face feel very revived, second only to the clinique for men, but with a >£45 price gap and more volume I know which one is the most sensible option
I got this moisturiser in a little trial 99p tin, and my first reaction when I tried it was "thank goodness I hadn't paid the full price for it!" At the time of writing this, it is currently £24.47.
Its full of vitimins and got AHAs in (which exist naturally in fruit) and omega6 oils and fatty acids, so its got lots of nutritious stuff in which is supposed to protect the skin in the sun, and also be very good for mature and/or very dry skin. BUT this cream is like smearing on pure vaseline, it's way too thick and greasy and feels heavy and oily as soon as it's applied. Its supposed to be easily absorbed, but three hours after applying it, my skin still looked (and felt) shiny and greasy. I only used it once, then used it up as a lip treatment which it did work extremely well! I was talking to the salesgirl in my local Lush shop, and she had exactly the same thoughts on this product!
If you have EXTREMELY dry skin, then this would probably be worth the money. For me it was totally unuseable.
It would maybe be useful as a night treatment for dry skin.