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Lush Aqua Marina face and body cleanser

I went through several pots of Lush's Aqua Marina cleanser a few years ago but for some reason I haven't bought it for a while.  When I got my last mystery shopper credit from Lush I decided to grab another one.

Aqua Marina contains Kaolin and Calamine to absorb oil and cleanse the skin and Aloe vera to restore moisture.  It includes Irish moss gel, a type of seaweed, which contains restorative vitamins and minerals and also includes a small amount of sea salt for gentle exfoliation.  If you see this in store it's made in kind of like a sushi roll with the pink squidgy bit in the middle that is wrapped up in the green seaweed.  It's then just sliced up and popped in the pots.  

To use all you need to do is take a small section, add some water and mix it up into a paste between your fingers or in the palm of your hand.  This does take a few seconds to do and can be a little bit messy, but sometimes that's part of the fun of using a product.  Once mixed up into a paste you then just massage this onto your skin.  I like to massage it onto damp skin to help it along a little into transforming into a paste as it can be a little sticky so needs breaking down.  You then just rinse off, you could use a cloth to remove it but I just splash my face until it's all gone.  It is called a face and body cleanser but I don't think I'd use it on my body as you'd get through it pretty quickly. 

I suffer with redness across my cheeks, a little around my nose and on my chin where I have acne scarring and I find the Calamine and Aloe vera in this great for soothing and reducing my redness.  When I use this I can see a reduction in my redness as soon as I rinse it off.  It doesn't magically disappear of course, but it is soothed and calmed.  

One thing I would say about this if you share a bathroom with other people is just to make sure that all the little bits of seaweed are rinsed away from your sink afterwards, as when they dry onto your sink they can look a little bit like *coughs* boogers!  I'd also recommend avoiding getting any water in the pot.  I used to wet my hands first and then take some out of the pot but once I didn't use it for a few days and when I opened the pot again I found a little furry friend growing over it!  It was quite pretty, it was all fluffy and white, but obviously I didn't really want to put it on my face after that.  So now I take a little out of the pot first before going near any water.

If you have sensitive skin that suffers from redness and needs a little calming down I'd definitely recommend giving this a try.  Aqua Marina is £6.40 for 100g or £16.00 250g and is available from Lush stores and the Lush website. 

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  1. I definitely need to try more skincare from LUSH!

    I've only really tried their lip scrubs and shower gels, none of the cleansers. This one sounds great - although it doesn't look too appealing lol!

    I do suffer with sensitive skin and redness like yourself, so I might try this - thanks for the review :)

    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog - I noticed the typo on the Born Pretty Nail Decals too, made me chuckle!

    Laura x |

    1. Lush do have some lovely skincare products but I know some people tend to associate them more with bath and shower products like the bath bombs x

  2. This sounds amazing since my skin gets red and irritated often! The paste in the container reminds me a lot of salmon for some reason!

    Yige || Yet Another Makeup Blog.

    1. It is a kind of salmon pink shade and the whole being made like sushi thing makes you think of salmon I guess :)

  3. I used to buy this all the time, but now I opt for the cleansing wipes out of convenience, my skin has suffered but I hope to go back to a routine after my exams and travels!
    XO, Miriam

    1. Cleansing wipes are definitely convenient in some situations but I don't think I'd use them unless I didn't really have any other choice! x


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