Hello loves! How have you been? I’ve noticed that I haven’t done a skincare post in a while so I wanted to share with you one of my Holy Grail facial cleansers – Lush’s Aqua Marina (£6.25 /100g) This stuff has improved my skin so much for the past two years it’s surreal! If you are on a hunt for a new facial cleanser than keep reading and I hope you enjoy! (:
About two years ago I was on a trip to Cambridge with my boyfriend and I we decided to stop by Lush. I didn’t intend to get anything but one of the lovely girls in the store talked me into testing Aqua Marina. She used a bit of product on the back of my hand and said that it will sooth my skin and even out me skin tone. And surprisingly it did! Let me tell you – the difference was really noticeable!! Needless to say that I purchased this straight away and I’ve been loving it ever since!
Aqua Marina comes in a jar and looks like a giant sushi roll. It is a pretty pinkish color, which is wrapped in Nori Seaweed. Too bad that when in the jar its funny shape disappears. :( I was a bit gutted that this time I got the product it didn’t have much seaweed around it, but the cleanser works as good as it usually does so it’s okay! (:
Aqua Marina is a facial cleanser, which is specifically designed to sooth and softens the skin, as well as to brighten it up. It contains Aloe Vera and Nori Seaweed, which are well known for their calming properties and definitely give salvation to sensitive / irritated skin. Another key ingredient is the Sea Salt, which even though is finely milled, adds up as a really gentle exfoliant. <3 Aqua Marina is supposed to be amazing for people with normal / dry skin and also to cool down sun-burns. I slightly disagree with the former but I’ll get into that later. (:
What I love the most about Aqua Marina is that it not only cleanses my face perfectly but it also brightens up my complexion. After using it my skin looks so healthy, it is soft and smooth and my skin tone is even and there is no redness! Oh, and also my pores appear smaller and my face feels so fresh and cooled! :) After two years of using this I have also noticed that the cleanser also helps with my acne scaring and hyperpigmentation! It has never broken me out too, btw! I also wanted to mention that Aqua Marina has instantly visible effects but they are seen only for a day and if you want long-term results you will obviously need to use it continuously.
Well sure the product sounds lovely but sadly it has its downfalls as well. As I mentioned, according to the Lush website Aqua Marina is “perfect for normal to dry skin types”. Well, I will have to disagree with that one. I find that even though the cleanser works wonders in the smoothing / calming department, it tends to be drying. I have normal skin and after washing my face with Aqua Marina it feels dry and a bit thigh. Usually I follow up with toner and moisturizer and it’s fine by me but if you have really dry skin I do not recommend using this. I actually think that if you have oily skin this will help you loads because I find that the product actually keeps the oils at bay! :) Another thing I don’t like about this product is that it’s quite messy to use. It has a bit of gooey texture and it’s a bit difficult to scoop out and transfer into foam. It also leaves white residue around my hairline, which I hate! I am not really fond of the scent too. Aqua Marina smells like a mix of Calamine Oil (the product contains calamine powder) and seaweed. It’s quite an odd scent if you ask me, but it reminds me of summer and sea (shocking I know hah), so I don’t mind it that much.
I use Aqua Marina every morning. I wet my face with warm water, scoop some product out, add water and create a paste-like consistency (btw don’t worry he seaweed dissolves easily). Then I gently massage it into my face with small circular motions. After that I rinse well and towel dry my face! Then I use toner and my favorite morning moisturizer. As I said, my face looks so calm and fresh, my skin is definitely brighter and even and it feels super soft and smooth! It’s love! I know some people say that the product leaves some greasy residue but I have never experienced that, just make sure you rinse as well as possible and your skin should feel really clean. :)
I also wanted to mention that Aqua Marina helps a lot with acne. I usually don’t have problematic skin but occasionally I get some zits here and there. Since I’ve been using this product I’ve noticed a huge improvement in this respect, so if you have acne-prone skin I think you should give this a try! Also, one of my best friends suffers from psoriasis / eczema and she swear by this stuff. I cannot recommend it cuz I don’t have such problems but I just wanted to mention that she said it helps her so much, so if you have similar condition you may want to do a little research on the topic. (:
Overall, I am in-love with this product! It seriously has improved my skin tons since I stated using it and it is now a firm staple in my skincare routine! I don’t like that it is a bit drying and messy to use but I am totally willing to overlook its flaws cuz of the brilliant job it works on my face. I definitely recommend it, but if you have dry skin I suggest you look at a product that won’t dry your face any further.
Have you tried Aqua Marina before? What do you think of it? Which is your favorite Lush face cleanser? (:
Lots of love,