Hey y'all! I'm so excited to be starting a new segment on our MOD ON TREND blog called Samantha Swears By! Each month I will get the opportunity to tell you about something, whether it's a product, service, or style, that I absolutely swear by and would recommend to anyone. Basically, I get to babble on and on about a few of my favorite things so bare with me!
This week i'm talking skincare. Now I definitely want to start out by telling y'all that I am not a skincare expert. In fact, it's unfortunately the opposite. I don't know very much about skincare, other than the experiences I've had trying out different products, and my skin is far from perfect. I would consider my skin to be combination (though definitely more on the oily side), sensitive, and acne prone . . . the trifecta of awfulness. Now when I say acne prone, i'm not talking like one of those girls who get one or two pimples every once in awhile and think that it's the end of the world (though i'm sure it is for them). I mean that I literally deal with acne on an everyday basis so taming it is my main skincare priority.
I was introduced to LUSH a couple of years ago when I was on a weekend trip to Chicago with some co-workers. We were walking up Michigan Ave. and spotted the LUSH storefront with this huge grand opening sign. The other girls already knew about the brand and wanted to stop in and check it out so I thought why not?! I quickly fell in love with this idea of fresh, handmade, natural skincare that could still be effective without using harsh chemicals. I shared my skincare story with one of the associates and she showed me some products she thought would work well to address my skincare concerns. I was so impressed with her knowledge and commitment to help me that I ended up buying almost everything she recommended!
With my new products in hand I was still a little nervous about the whole concept that this natural stuff was going to actually treat my acne. My entire life I had been told that to treat acne you have to use products with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid in them but maybe that wasn't true after all. Y'all using my LUSH products was like a skincare revolution! Literally the first time I washed my face I could just feel such a difference. My skin felt fresh, hydrated, and so soft! And the best part? After just a few days, my acne had started clearing up and my skin looked a lot less irritated!! What a win-win!
I've gone through each step of my skincare routine and picked out my absolute favorite LUSH products to share with you in this post. They are also listed in the order that I use them!
ally wash my face twice a day: morning and night. Sometimes in the shower . . . depending on who you talk to, that's not good, but what is a girl to do?! Angels on Bare Skin is not actually the first cleanser I tried from LUSH. I started out using Herbalism which comes highly recommended for acne prone skin types. I did really like Herbalism and saw good results when using it but there was a period of time where my skin was super sensitive so the next time I went into LUSH an associate recommended Angels on Bare Skin which caters more towards people with sensitive skin and I LOVE IT. It is the perfect daily cleanser! It is a super light exfoliant that cleans, calms, and smells AMAZING!
I was honestly a little confused when I started using this because I had never heard of a spray toner before but I think it's actually pretty cool. The spray makes it super easy and quick to apply and it just feels so fresh! Tea tree is also something I had never heard of before but it helps to balance your skin and keep extra oil at bay so sign me up! If you really want to take the freshness to the next level, store your toner in the refrigerator. This not only awakens your skin more but also allows your toner to stay fresh longer!
Y'all, if there is one product out of this whole article that you absolutely have to try, it's the Grease Lightning gel. This product is the greatest thing since sliced bread! If you have oily skin this will be your holy grail, go-to skincare savior. This gel has tea tree and aloe in it and is designed to soak up excess oil and tighten your pores. And it does just that! You can use it as a spot treatment on problem areas or all over to fight general oiliness. Yup, you guessed it. I use it all over. But what's great is that I use less than one pump for my entire face. Most LUSH products last a long time so you really get some bang for your buck.
I've always been taught that moisturizer is one of the most important parts of your skincare routine so finding one that works for your skin is super important. LUSH does have a wide variety of moisturizer's for every skin type. Right off the bat I was told to try Enzymion (Weird name, right?! Like what does that even mean haha!) This moisturizer is specifically formulated for oily skin types and to help keep pores clear of unwanted stuff which is great. It is very lightweight and just melts into your skin. AMAZING. I will say this one is a little more pricey but, in my opinion, well worth it! There is another moisturizer that I would recommend if you're on a budget that is called Celestial.
I've tried several scrubs from LUSH and this one is by far my favorite! I'm not going to lie, I LOVE COFFEE. Not like in the "I need to drink it everyday to stay alive" kind of way but more in the "I could drink it all the time and be happy about it" way. (As long as it's a light roast ... let's be serious haha.) But anyway, this scrub is amazing! When you first open the container, the smell is overwhelmingly satisfying and transforms your bathroom into a local coffee shop. Who wouldn't want that?! I will admit that the consistency is a little intimidating at first but, trust me, it feels so great on your skin. You barely have to apply any pressure when applying it and it just feels like your skin is getting the best exfoliating massage ever! It also has this nice cool feeling. That, combined with the coffee scent, instantly wakes you up and leaves your skin feeling refreshed!