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“This simple cream works like a dream on upset skin: cooling and soothing ingredients like oat milk, rose water and chamomile blue oil calm down hot and itchy skin. That’s why it’s one of our bestsellers, with many of you telling us it gives great relief from eczema. We steep oats in hot water to make oat milk. Oats have long been used to treat eczema and cool skin down as they contain antihistamines, and we’ve added extra nourishment in the form of rose water, cocoa butter, organic extra virgin olive oil, and vegetable glycerine.”

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I got this cream as I had heard some great things about how it helped eczema and I had a really bad patch on my leg that just wouldn’t leave. With the help of dream cream I was able to lessen the dryness and itchiness of this patch, although I was still using my emollient gel to seal the moisture into the skin. I also have to note that it doesn’t help get rid of the eczema it just alleviates the itchy symptoms and dryness and so a prescribed hydro-cortisone cream had to be used on this particular patch to fully get rid of it.

The really good thing about this particular lotion is that even though it has a strong smell to it, which I was initially worried about, it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. I also use this after shaving as it has calming properties and so works well to lessen shaving rash. I wouldn’t recommend using it in a morning ritual as it does take some time to properly sink into the skin and so will rub off on clothes if they’re put on too soon. Often I will slather some of this over my legs at the beginning of my night ritual so that its sunk in enough when I do finally get into bed.

Cost: £6.50 for a 100g tub Buy it here

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My skin is oft prone to breakouts as I have combination skin. When I’m trying to combat sensitivity, dryness and oiliness it’s a struggle to find a good product. Lush Mask of Magnaminty is one of these products. It works just right to get rid of spots without making my skin feel dry or oily. Lush Mask of Magnaminty was one of the first ever Lush products I tried because I had asked the shop assistant about products for spots and oily skin. She was a life-saver with this suggestion!

Lush Mask of Magnaminty

Main Ingredients and their Benefits

Peppermint Oil is cooling and enlivens the skin as the menthol inside stimulates sensory nerve endings. It has both antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and can aid oil secreation in skin. This helps to prevent acene.

Honey contains nutrients and is antiseptic, antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal which benefits both the skin and hair. As a natural humectant it also helps attract and retain moisture.

Kaolin helps cleanse and exfoliate debris and skin cells. It absorbs moisture into itself which helps support products that are self preserving and helps keeps products fresh.

Ground Aduki Beans remove dead skin cells when used as an exfoliating powder. They polish the skin leaving it looking healthy and renewed whilst absorbing excess oils and dirt from the skin.

First Thoughts

As soon as you open up the lid you can smell the mint which is instantly refreshing – or is that just me? It definitely doesn’t look too appealing but the smell does make up for this fact. When I opened this particular one, I was expecting to see some kind of difference as they finally made a self-preserving one, but it seems to look the exact same. Hopefully it works just as well!

During Use

The mask is really quite thick and has large rough parts to help exfoliate the skin when you wash it off. I personally use a wash cloth and then try to wash the mask off the cloth as it is quite messy. But because it’s also an exfoliator you can use your hands to really scrub your skin. You can use this mask as an all over face mask, or just for problem areas because it’s ingredients are really good for spots. You can also apply to your back and chest if these are problematic for you,

After Use

After I used this my skin felt really fresh and clean. The mint had cooled my skin and my spots seemed to have dried up a bit but did not form painful scabs. Because it also exfoliates my skin felt soft and my dry patches felt like they were smoother. I’ve also used this when I have eczema and it does help to reduce dryness and it doesn’t irritate too much. As it’s antiseptic it actually helps weeping eczema as it keeps it clean while reducing the other symptoms.

Would I Purchase Again?

The Mask of Magnaminty is definitely one of my favourite products and couldn’t recommend it enough. Especially if you’re spot prone or have acne! I’ll be purchasing this over and over and over again.

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I’m always looking out for new skincare products – especially with my sensitive skin. After smelling the cocktail fragrance I knew I needed Lush Ocean Salt as my next product. I’d also heard that the ingredients in Lush Ocean Salt would assist with my eczema symptoms.

Lush Ocean Salt Body Scrub

Main Ingredients and their Benefits

Fresh Grapefruit Infusion works as a skin toner, has an uplifting scent and contains vitamin C. It is used as antiseptic, astringent and antibacterial oil for conditions such as acne, congested and oily skin.

Sea Salt contains natural minerals which assists when exfoliating as it doesn’t strip away too much natural oil in the skin. Skin will feel soft, clean and hydrated after use due to astringent and antiseptic properties and it will boost your circulation.

Fresh Organic Lime Extracted in Vodka is high in antibacterial properties from both the citrus and alcohol. This is perfect for blocked pores, blackheads and blemishes.

Avocado Butter is packed full of fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C and E, proteins, lecithin and potassium which helps to condition and moisturise the skin and hair.

First Thoughts

The scent is very powerful and you can definitely tell Lush Ocean Salt contains vodka and lime. The ingredients are heavily antiseptic and antibacterial focused, which will work really well with sometimes weepy eczema.  It will also dry out the skin with the salt while encouraging healing and then the avocado butter would help to lessen the dryness of the eczema.

During Use

Unfortunately, I realised right away that it was too harsh for my face.  Between the citrus and the alcohol, my face just wasn’t happy. This is one of my biggest issues with ‘face and body’ products as my face is always a lot more sensitive than the rest of my body. On my legs and arms however, it felt okay. As it contains salt it is slightly rough, but my skin felt soft and didn’t irritate while in the shower.

After Use

My skin on my face felt dry, red and tight after use. Instead of using it on my face again, I used it to prep my legs before shaving. This worked particularly well as  Lush Ocean Salt was reducing shaving rash because of being antiseptic. I soon found that it also worked really well on my eczema. It stung quite a bit, but alcohol and citrus usually would hurt on open wounds anyway. The removal of the dry skin plus the antibacterial properties allowed my eczema to heal over faster. Especially when paired with Lush Dream Cream after drying off. I would recommend this only as a body scrub but also for anyone who has excessive dry skin, just make sure you stop using it if you do get a reaction.

I’m sure Lush Ocean Salt would work well as a face scrub for someone with less sensitive skin. But, I dont think using a scrub quite as harsh as this would be good anyway. The salt parts are quite rough and so perfect for getting rid of dry skin but it would irritate sensitive skin and may be of less use for normal and combination skin.

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Lush is one of those shops I cant just look around in. I always pick something new up to try, or something I already know I love ‘just in case’ I’m running out. I heard about Lush Roots being really good for thin and fine hair, and so I decided to try it out. It’s like a short term hair masque – you leave it on for about 10-20 minutes and then wash your hair as normal. Because of this, I normally use it at the same time as a face mask. So it’s perfect for when you’re having a full on pamper session. Lush Roots has a minty smell and as you massage it into your head, it can really relax you. I personally use it at least once a fortnight.

Lush Roots hair treatment

Main Ingredients and their Benefits

Peppermint Oil is cooling and enlivens the skin. The menthol stimulates the nerves and can disrupt the hair fall cycle, prolonging the process of hair fall. This means hair is retained longer, creating thicker looking hair.

Honey contains nutrients and is antiseptic, antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal which benefits both the skin and hair. As a natural humectant it also helps attract and retain moisture.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains vitamin E, oleic acid, hydroxytyrosol and Squalene. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps repair and build tissue on your scalp. It reduces inflammation and encourages hair growth. Oleic acid is an essential fatty acid that controls water loss and makes your hair softer and more pliable. Hydroxytyrosol is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. Squalene has emollient properties that helps retain moisture as well as enhance the penetration of other ingredients. Olive leaf and oil have also been found to contain anti-cancer properties.

Sweet Orange Oil has a cheerful and sweet scent that lifts your mood. There’s also toning properties for your scalp.

First Thoughts

As my hair is very thin and fine I wanted something that would make my hair look and feel thicker and healthier. Although my hair is very thin, it’s also very long and gravity often pulls it down and de-volumises it a bit. I felt a bit put off when I first opened Lush Roots up as it’s quite a thick formula. I was worried about this making my hair feel heavy and oily. Then making it look even more limp and flat.

During Use

As soon as you apply it to your scalp and roots, Lush Roots makes your scalp feel cool and the smell is wonderful. I fully massaged it in, and with all the aspects it was a very relaxing process. Even though it was a thick formula, it felt very easy to wash out and I wasn’t worried about any leftover residue after washing and conditioning.

After Use

Lush Roots, unlike many products, doesn’t seem to weigh the hair down. My hair looks and feels sleeker and smoother after use. But, never heavy. I’m prone to getting a lot of knotted hair near my neck, and I think this has helped resolve this. The hair doesn’t seem to tangle up as much, or as easy when I’ve used Roots. It’s also a lot easier to detangle as the hair is smoother. A lot of other reviewers stated that the had hair growth/thickening but I didn’t notice any of these changes. It does make your hair look a lot healthier though.

Do you have any suggestions for other products perfect for thin and fine hair?

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