Winter is here...Well technically it begins on December 21st but if you’ve been outside recently then you know what I’m talking about. It is dark, a bit dreary and cold – perfect time to change up your beauty routine. To help combat the dry, frigid weather you need products that are super moisturizing and loaded with nutrients which is where Lush comes in.
The Retread Conditioner ($32.95) is the brand’s richest formula and after the first use I was totally hooked (seriously, this may be my favorite Lush product ever). This stuff is a savior for dry, brittle hair that has been subjected to heat styling, hair dye and harsh winter wind. It is loaded with hydrating ingredients like seaweed, avocado, yogurt, cantaloupe, olive oil, jojoba, neroli, orange water and more.
I expected the texture to be thicker and creamier instead of runny and lightweight but it coats thoroughly and drenches each strand. For best results I use it as a treatment mask so the ingredients have time to activate and work their magic. I apply a generous amount and comb through evenly, sometimes mixing with another deep conditioner to dull the scent (it isn’t bad but the undertone is a bit earthy). I then cover my hair with a plastic cap and wrap my head in a microfiber towel (to trap in the heat) for about 2-3 hours. This may seem like a long time but my hair thrives when exposed to extreme moisture and after styling it is incredibly soft, shiny and silky with much less frizz. The conditioner also smooths, restores and improves overall hair health and resiliency (better than most products I’ve used including high-end brands). The only downside is the short shelf life. Because the conditioner is all-natural, it only lasts about 2 months after it was made which doesn’t give me much time to use it. The good news is you can usually pop Lush products in the fridge for longer preservation. If you suffer from dry, damaged hair and sorry-looking ends, you need to try Retread but I should warn you – it’s addicting!
Winter doesn’t stand a chance when you arm yourself with the Buffy Body Butter ($12.95). This rich, indulgent bar is packed with exfoliating rice, almonds and beans to slough away dead cells and boost radiance. The creamy shea butter and cocoa base drenches skin is velvety suppleness that lasts all day and smells delicious. Simply rub the bar all over damp skin (before you step out of the shower) and pat dry.
The Skin Drink Facial Moisturizer ($26.95) is fittingly named because it quenches dehydrated, sensitive skin. Infused with a potent blend of avocado, rose petal, aloe, cocoa butter and essential oils, the lush formula seeps in deeply to revive, soften and improve skin texture immediately with no greasy residue. Flaky patches, windburn and sun exposure are no match for these dynamic ingredients and you can also use it as a sleep mask for a dewy, luminous complexion.
These products are available at Lush stores and online at lush.ca