LUSH Oatifix Banana and Oat Mask - Oatifix Fresh Face Mask
Lush Oatifix Banana and Oat Mask - Oatifix Fresh Mask
Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask with oats, bananas, and ground almonds
With winter in full swing, I decided to try a moisturizing, soothing mask from Lush. I’m a bit of a mask newbie as I’ve only used one or two brands before and am not as well-versed, but I’ve heard great reviews of the Lush masks and took full advantage of Black Friday shopping. The reason I don’t use masks that often is because of my sensitive skin and the various chemicals and strong agents found in mask ingredients. In fact, when I was in Lush, I tried several of the other clay masks on my hand, and within a few minutes, my hand turned red and itchy and all kinds of funky. So before you try out any face treatments fully, be sure to test it on a small patch to see if you have any reaction.
Oatifix must be refrigerated - in fact, shelf life is quite short so check the expiration
Pros: When I purchased this, I was looking for a soothing, enriching, and exfoliating product that would give my skin a summer glow. The mask definitely helped with complexion as it smoothed my skin and removed dirt and dry skin. Because of the banana and vanilla ingredients, this Oatifix mask smells absolutely amazing, I can’t praise it enough. You know how masks always have that strange earthy, muddy smell - well, that doesn’t apply to this product and your skin will actually smell wonderfully even after washing your face.
While application was a bit difficult because of the chunky oats, I could feel the mask sticking to my skin because of the oilier ingredients. In the case of my dry, sensitive skin, that moisture was much needed but may be a bit overpowering for other skin types. Overall, the exfoliation of the crushed almonds combined with the soothing banana, made my skin glow and feel hydrated.
Cons: Because I have super dry skin (this sounds like a useless super hero power), I would have liked more exfoliation. Next time I use this mask, I will use my cleanser first in order to exfoliate fully, and then apply the Oatifix. I also wish the mask applied better and smoothed better because I spent around ten minutes trying work the product and get it to stick in an even layer. Depending on how much Oatifix you use, the tiny jar may not be enough for more than 4 or 5 applications so the price pay-off depends on your budget.
Quick final advice, test the product on your hand, ensure that your skin can handle the rich moisture, and exfoliate before applying. As a starter mask, or a training-wheels mask for those not as familiar with face treatments, the Lush Oatifix Fresh Mask would be a great start.
Texture is soft with exfoliation qualities
Note the smaller size of the packaging (which means not as much product)