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LUSH is one of my favorite brands, though not for the typical reasons. Usually I love skin care products because they have some special ingredient or delivery system. Yet I love LUSH for a truly distinct reason: Their products are super fun to use. In an otherwise typical Thursday night shower, you can use a LUSH bath bomb, only to suddenly have an infusion of brightly-colored hydrating liquid flood your skin. It’s definitely exciting – bath products for the young and rebellious at heart!
That said, I love the new LUSH Ocean Salt Scrub ($34.95, LUSH.com) not only because it is super fun to use, but also because it is beneficial to the skin. LUSH sent me a few samples recently, but I was most ecstatic about this salt scrub. The main ingredient, sea salt, has been found to improve skin hydration, improve barrier function, and reduce inflammation due to the high levels of magnesium therein (International Journal of Dermatology, 2009). What’s more, sea salt is gently abrasive, so it helps to remove substances and debris. A little-known fact about such exfoliators: When the skin is well-exfoliated, sunscreens work better. This is because sunscreens were developed to reflect and/or absorb light from a completely flat surface. For those curious, physical sunscreens like titanium or zinc oxide were designed to reflect UV rays, whereas chemical sunscreens like avobenzone or Parsol 1789 absorb UV rays and transmit them to a different form of (non-damaging) energy. No matter which type you choose, the fewer bumps and crevices on your skin, the better a sunscreen will work.
I also love the fresh grapefruit and lime infusions in LUSH Ocean Salt Scrub. A few LUSH products can be a bit on the basic side, with a higher, more alkaline pH, but these acidic fruits in LUSH Ocean Salt Scrub make it more soothing to the skin, as the skin’s lipids and proteins are less irritated in lower pH solutions (Dermatologic Therapy, 2004).
LUSH Ocean Salt Scrub has become one of my favorite products. I use it twice/week on my normal skin, and I notice a difference immediately. I also use it daily in the shower. It’s really unusual to find a product I think is best for both body and facial skin, but for those with normal to oily facial skin, I think you may find LUSH Ocean Salt Scrub acceptable for both facial and body exfoliating. My boyfriend said, “Your skin is so smooth!” Needless to say, I will be buying this again!
Product Rating: 10/10 (High or optimized concentration of effective ingredients: 3/3. Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3. Value for the money: 3/3. Sunscreen: N/A).