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A LUSH Cosmetics Skin Care Routine for Combination Skin
An Overview of LUSH
LUSH cosmetics is well-known worldwide for their handmade, ethically-sourced products, from bath bombs to hair treatments to perfumes. None of their products are tested on animals or sourced from companies that test on animals, and are 100% vegetarian (and 80-some--and counting!--percent vegan).
LUSH products are not all-natural, but they do make heavy use of organic, gentle ingredients and use only safe synthetics as preservatives and active ingredients. While they're perhaps best known for their bath products, their skin care line is rapidly expanding and a great choice for combination skin. Here's a sample routine!
Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash--if you're a lady or a bare-faced gentleman, don't let the name scare you off. This is a great, creamy cleanser filled with pineapple enzymes to balance skin and clear up acne and three different oils and butters to moisturize, so it's perfect for combination skin. I love it with my Luna Mini.
Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water--Lush's tea tree toner can be too drying for combination skin. Breath of Fresh Air offers cleansing and soothing benefits but isn't as harsh. Use this to remove the last traces of cleanser and prepare your skin for moisturizer.
Enyzmion Facial Moisturizer--Enzymion is formulated for oily skin, but used with creamy Kalamazoo and refreshing Breath of Fresh Air, it's enough hydration for combination skin, and it gives skin a matte, smooth finish that's perfect for makeup, if you wear any.
Powdered Sunshine Sunscreen--Put this on as the last step of your morning routine, whether that means over makeup or after Enzymion sinks in. With an SPF of 15, it's not strong enough for a day at the beach, but it's a great for daily wear. It also sets your makeup and keeps your skin matte.
--For makeup wearers, start with 9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion. Use a cotton pad or your fingers to apply a small amount to your face, massage on, and wipe off. If you skip makeup, you can skip this step as well and go straight to:
--Fresh Farmacy--This is one of Lush's most natural products, comprised mostly of calamine. It's great to combat acne and redness without over-drying the skin, though it isn't as moisturizing as Kalamazoo. You can also dot on a second layer after rinsing and leave that on blemishes overnight as a spot treatment. I use this with my Luna Mini as well.
--Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water--Same as the morning.
--Full of Grace Solid Facial Serum--Don't be intimidated; this stuff is miraculous. Hold the bar between your hands to melt it just a little and rub your hands on your face, concentrating on dry spots. This won't sink as neatly into your skin as Enzymion, which is why I only recommend it for night use. But don't let the greasiness scare you off. Wait 'til you see how your skin looks in the morning.
If you can't get past the greasiness or the somewhat finicky application, Celestial Facial Moisturizer is another good pick. It's one of Lush's richer moisturizers, but it's formulated for sensitive skin so it doesn't feel heavy on the skin, though it doesn't mattify as quickly as Enzymion. I have been known to use it in the morning if I'm not wearing makeup.
--If you live nearby a LUSH, you can take advantage of their fresh facial masks, which are made fresh every week and only last a few weeks in your refrigerator. For combination skin, Catastrophe Cosmetic and Brazened Honey are great picks, but don't be afraid to ask for samples!
--Mask of Magnaminty is a little different--it's made with stabler ingredients which give it a shelf life of a few months versus a few weeks, so you can order it online. From the UK website you can order either the regular or the self-preserving formula, which uses honey instead of synthetic preservatives. The honey keeps the mask from drying out and gives it fantastic moisturizing and antibacterial properties that the original lacks, but it doesn't clean quite as deeply as the original. Both use clay to pull out impurities and double as an exfoliating scrub when you're removing the mask with warm water.
LUSH is a luxury brand, and the prices reflect that. A good trick is to check the prices on the UK site versus the US; this is a great resource for comparing pricing. It's often cheaper for US customers to buy from the UK, even considering shipping costs. In addition, the UK site has a lot of products--like Powdered Sunshine--that aren't available in the US.
LUSH also has a great return policy, so don't be afraid to try out products! And you can request samples both in store and in online orders.