Sunday, 25 January 2015

REVIEW - Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

This past week I've really noticed a difference in my skin. I don't know if it's the cold weather, my penchant for caffeine or the fact that I'm constantly being blasted by central heating, but my face has been pretty dry and tight.

In a bid to defeat the dehydration, I've been drinking water like it's going out of style and religiously applying all manner of serums, oils and creams, with little effect. I turned to the Lush website for a mask that I hoped would inject some much-needed moisture back in to my skin, and came across Oatifix.

I've only ever used one Lush mask before (BB Seaweed back in the day) and I couldn't really remember if it did anything, but Oatifix had great reviews on the Lush site so I thought it was worth a shot.

Quite a few of the Lush face masks contain honey and so aren't suitable for vegans, but luckily, Oatifix is honey-free.

It contains fine oatmeal, bananas, ground almonds and fair trade vanilla and smells good enough to eat. Because of the fresh ingredients, it should be kept in the fridge (which I think is the case with all of the Lush masks.)

Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

The fact that the mask is fresh from the fridge makes it all the more cooling and soothing on dry skin. That's once you actually get it on your face. As others have commented, this mask is pretty thick and hard to spread. Imagine mixing a smooshed banana with porridge oats and trying to spread it on your face. Difficult. I have read that mixing the mask with a little warm water helps, but in the interest of blogging, I soldiered on.

I found myself squashing this in to my face and trying to spread it but it was difficult, so I ended up with some patches thicker than others. The oats did a good job of gently exfoliating as I rubbed it around my face so that was a bonus.

Once applied, I left the mask on for around 15 minutes before rinsing off. It was equally difficult to remove and left my skin with a bit of residue which I took off with a warm muslin cloth.

After I'd removed the mask my skin felt great, and I actually found it absorbed other products (like my night cream) better too, resulting in softer skin the next morning.

A 75g pot of this will set you back £6.50 which isn't too bad, I think I'll probably get another four or five applications from the pot which is good value if you use it all before the use-by date which isn't long since it's a fresh product (mine's about three weeks).

Overall, if you're in desperate need of something to quickly fix your dry skin, you couldn't do much better than Oatifix.

Emily x
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4 comments

  1. Great post! I also love that you can get a fresh face mask for free when you collect five black pots and take them back to any LUSH store :-) But I rarely buy the fresh face masks as I never seem to use them up quick enough before they go out of date or start smelling funny :-(

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    1. I know what you mean, I'm on three masks a week at the minute so it doesn't go to waste! You're so right about the freebie though, it does make up for the short shelf life a little bit! x

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  2. This sounds gorgeous, if a little tricky to work with! I'm using Lush's Mask of Magnaminty at the moment and I love that :)

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    1. Ahh that one sounds so lovely but there's honey in it so not vegan friendly! :( So annoying! x

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