1. I don't wear make-up.
2. My "skincare routine" involves drinking lots of water, getting plenty of sleep, and slapping a bit of Nivea moisturiser on my face if I begin resembling a Marvel Supervillain (Snakeskin Girl).
That said, I still like to feel comfortable with my appearance, and clear skin certainly helps me feel assured that people are talking directly to me, rather than addressing the Mega Spot on my chin.
After testing out every low-to-mid-range "spot-fighting" product available during my teens, I found the answer to my skin's requirements is a good face scrub. So when Lush contacted me in May about their vegan skincare range, I jumped at the chance to try a something a little different on my skin.
I opted for the Herbalism cleanser*, for the following reasons:
1. It's designed for sensitive skin, and my skin often decides to become more sensitive than a soufflé.
2. My main bugbear about other scrubs I've used is the inclusion of artificial "beads" to cause abrasion. They often hide themselves in my eyebrows and don't emerge until mid-morning; when I'll suddenly find several bits of plastic decorating my face. The 11 ingredients in this are all natural, no plastic.
3. The ingredients include rosemary - one of my favourite scents. I'm not going to lie; I was really hoping this product would make me smell like a Sunday Roast (i.e. amazing). Sadly, this turned out not to be the case.
Due to my uncertainty as to how the cleanser would act when exposed to water, and whether it would foam up/crumble/wash away in the shower before I could apply it, for my initial test I used a blueberry-sized lump. I was pleasantly surprised to run out of face before I ran out of product, and reduced the amount I scooped out for future uses; because it seemed easier than increasing the size of my face.
The smell isn't nearly as delectable as some of Lush's other products, but the texture is good and feels mildly abrasive - even without the addition of weird plastic beads. To be honest, it's still not quite scrubby enough for me; but perhaps that's just as well- given that I basically want a tub full of coconut-scented gravel.
I've been using my 100g tub (worth £6.40) every day for around six weeks and I've still got half of it left; which is pretty impressive given that most other scrubs I've used (which cost me c£4 each) tend to last about a month.
I've also been really pleased with the results because, although my skin hasn't drastically improved overall, (prepare yourselves for too much information here, people) my usual PMT-accompanying breakout has been notably absent, twice.
I'm certainly going to be investing in another tub when this one runs out.
What products have you found work best for your skin? I'd love to hear.
*I was sent this product to review, but all opinions and (continuing) wishes for roast potato-scented face scrub are very much my own.