I’m a fan of all things free. Luckily for me, Lush has this scheme where if you return 5 clean, full-size pots of theirs to the shop, you can get a face mask – fo’ free. Turns out the free face mask they give you comes in one such pot, so it actually counts towards your next lot. Whoop-de-do.
A colleague kindly took me to the Lush shop in Bournemouth (Poole’s worst enemy, but I in their town centre now) to get my first face mask. After a consultation with a sales assistant I see far too often – we should be on a first name basis by now – I opted for BB Seaweed, because it “felt the nicest” on my hand. I’m a very simple human.
As its name suggests, it contains seaweed. But not just any seaweed. Seaweed from Poole Harbour, no less. Apparently a dude called Fisherman Pete (is that first name Fisherman, last name Pete?) gets it when he’s out trawling. I was a little sceptical. Come on down to Poole in the summer, and the first thing you’ll smell is rotting seaweed when you step off the train.
Thankfully, it doesn’t smell of Poole Harbour. I also can’t help but feel Fisherman Pete isn’t a real person, which makes me sad.
Ground almonds are in there for a bit of exfoliation, and rose oil for perfume, but it doesn’t really smell like roses. It smells like clay, which is something else Poole does very well. It has the consistency of clay, too, which I think comes from the honey it’s got inside. There’s a lot of other stuff in there, too, such as rosemary, aloe vera and something called kaolin.
It feels a bit bitty when you put it on your face, but that’s quite good for exfoliation, so it’s a matter of personal preference. You need more than they suggest – you always do, it’s their way of justifying the high price to you. Go with a generous layer, and remember the more you use, you’re one step closer to getting another free face mask.
There’s no other way to show you how it works without having a picture of my face on here. So here I am striking a cheesy pose. #ironic
Leave it on for 15 minutes, while it sets onto your face. About 5 minutes in you’ll struggle to eat, talk, or even drink, but that’s neither here nor there. FEEL YOUR PORES CLOSING, PEOPLE. The smell is very neutral, which is quite good because it doesn’t get up your nose and annoy you – and unusually for Lush, it’s not such a strong scent.
When it’s time to wash it off, do so with warm water. Hopefully you have one of those nice American taps where you can adjust the temperature, rather than the fucked up system of having one hot and one cold tap in the sink. We Brits like to either scald ourselves or freeze our fingers off. There is no in-between.
Pat your face dry with a towel and feel how smooth your skin feels. This mask does soften my skin a little bit, but that’s not the main benefit for me. I like that it gives me a more even tone, tightens my pores, and keeps the spots away. I only use this two or three times a week, and usually straight after a bath/shower, because there’s not a lot of point putting it on dirty/oily skin.
Regular use like this can help keep spots away, I’ve found, but I wouldn’t expect it to work miracles right away. Use this as part of your regular ‘beauty routine’ or whatever they call it, but don’t rely on it too much. My skin is the same oily/dry combination it’s always been, and no amount of seaweed is going to change that.
Buy again? Yes – but only if it was free
Recommend to a friend? Yes, but again, FREEBIES Y’ALL