25 Jun 2010

Lush Review: Dark Angels Cleanser

Rhassoul Mud, Organic Cold-Pressed Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Black Sugar, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Perfume, *Linalool, Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora)

I love this cleanser which is also exfoliates. So much so I used it twice in a row the first time I used it 2 days ago. I used my Lush Tea Tree Water toner afterwards and noticed some black from the powdered charcoal came off of my face. I used it once yesterday morning and then the toner again. Nothing in the form of charcoal residue came off this time; it must have been due to me overdoing it the previous day. I just couldn’t help it my skin felt lush [no pun intended], like it had been dusted with a fine powder once patted dry.

My skin is combination, dry in parts, oily in others. Oil control throughout the day is my problem so I will be looking into finding a great oil control lotion to compliment my skin. I need to get a handle on it; I’m beginning to look like Meagan Good…constantly shiny! Oil on my skin at 30 is great though, so I won’t knock it too much. It’s keep the black from cracking and I’m wrinkle free.

Now back to Dark Angels! I have a sample pot [about half a tablespoon]. It’s soft yet gritty and you can easily clump it together to get the size that you need. You do NOT need a lot. Lush is great for a little being able to go a long way. For a full face a pea size amount is ALL you need. Break a piece off, put it in your palm, add a little water and mix with your two fingers and apply in a circular motion all over your face and get to work on scrubbing. Rhassoul Mud and charcoal are the key ingredients to this product which get a handle on controlling the oil.

Don’t let it sit, just keep on rubbing and if it gets a little dry add a little more water. I like to scrub for a good minute paying close attention to the nose and chin area [larger pore areas for me]. Simply wash it off, pat dry then use a toner to remove any traces of charcoal and Rhassoul Mud.

I liken Dark Angels to a fine microdermabrasion scrub. I’m currently using Avon Anew Clinical Micro Exfoliant [discontinued but found it on eBay] as a fine microdermabrasion scrub. Dark Angels surpasses the Avon product for me now. I have some left, but don’t even want to go back to it to finish it. I’m going to Lush in my lunch hour to purchase the full pot. This is coming home to live with me, travel with me and remain in my life forever! Lush better never discontinue this product!

I’ve heard Dark Angels and a soap called Coal Face has been good for acne prone skin as well. Some people have come off of Proactiv, turned to these products and it has cleared up their skin. If you want to try the products always ask for a small sample and tell them that you want to test it before spending any money. Lush are very good in giving out samples for you to try, just don’t go overboard asking for a ton, they aren’t silly. Talk to them about your needs and get some advice on what they recommend, tell them you simply want to try it to see if it agrees with you before committing to a purchase.

How did my skin feel? Smoother, clear it had a great texture to it and not as dry as it usually feels after washing with anything else. I hope it’s one of those products that continue to work for me over time and not give up on me on day 7.

The downsides to it? It can get a little messy in the sink. You will definitely need to follow up with a toner to remove any fine traces of charcoal on your face and scrub your nails after using it; some bits of charcoal got stuck under there. Not a good look. Those downsides are nothing to me compared to the benefit it has on my skin. After using it this morning my skin really did feel rejuvenated, I’m having trouble keeping my hands off of my face, I really am.

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