I love Lush, and I love trying anything from there. The last time I was in a Lush store, I wanted to try a fresh face mask that I hadn’t tried before and the Oatfix sounded perfect because my skin was very dry and this mask helps with just that. Lush’s fresh face mask line is kept chilled on ice in the store and when you purchase a mask and take it home, you should keep it in the fridge and it should be used within three weeks. This really shows how fresh their ingredients are.
The main ingredients from this mask are:
- Fine Oatmeal — soothing and anti-inflammatory
- Organic Illipe Butter — conditions and gives shine
- Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana — rich and nourishing
- Vanilla pod
The description of this mask from the Lush website is as follows:
This gentle, nourishing mask is made with fresh bananas and illipe butter to moisturise dry skin. Oatmeal, ground almonds and kaolin work together in a mildly exfoliating base to eradicate dead skin, leaving you soft, supple and moisturised. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes and let the ingredients get to work before washing off gently with warm water.
Since it’s a fresh mask that I can only use within three weeks, I got the 75g tub (the smallest size). This is plenty. In the tub it feels firm but creamy. I applied a generous amount on my dry face and left it on for 15 minutes. It smells divine, almost good enough to eat (but it’s not for consumption because of extra ingredients in there like glycerine and perfume).
It felt very moisturising on my face and a bit calming to my skin. After 15 mins, I rinsed it off. I found the oatmeal quite difficult to rinse off and I used a wash cloth to help. It left my skin feeling very moisturised and certainly very shiny. I can’t say that it did anything else other than moisturise. It didn’t cleanse and it didn’t scrub.
For me, even though my skin was very dry and getting flaky, this was too moisturising. The next day I woke up with an erupting pimple on my face. My skin was moisturised for four days after using this mask — It really has some deep hydration properties. Luckily, my pimple went down shortly after because I was treating it with my trusty Glamglow mask to deflate it (yes, this is how I think of my pimples and Glamglow). About a week after I tried the mask for the first time I thought I would give it another go. But no, same results. Erupting pimple the next day.
I ended up using this on small patches of my face where my skin needed some extra moisture. This way, I didn’t break out. This is a face mask but there was no way I could use this all up within three weeks. I ended up using it on my elbows, knees, and other dry patches of skin on my body. It works great, although I prefer Lush’s sea salt scrub for those areas since it’s quicker and achieves the same results.
Unfortunately, this mask isn’t for me. It would be a great mask for someone with very dry skin, it does indeed moisturise. It’s made with fresh ingredients and smells amazing. With regards to exfoliating, if anything it’s very gentle and don’t count on it for that. The 75g tub that costs £6.75 lasts three weeks. I found this to be quite expensive since I only applied it on my whole face two times. I used it another two times on dry patches and a couple of times on the rest of my body just to use it up and not throw it away. It’s a lot of product and a lot of money for three weeks worth of face mask.