After my last Lush review wasn't such a positive one, I figured it was about time I talked about a Lush product I really love, and that product is their facial cleanser, Lush Ultrabland. At first I was terrified of this product. I ordered it on the cheap from a blog sale, not really paying attention to what it was actually was - I'd just heard people saying it was good so I figured I'd go for it. When it arrived I read one word on the packaging that immediately scared me away from using it, and that word was "oily". Oh yes, I'd ordered an oily cleanser for my oily skin, I thought that was a huge no no.
Later on, I visited Lush for a face mask which was out of stock at the time. My skin was such a mess at this point I didn't want to walk away empty handed and asked for recommendations, and Ultrabland was the first thing suggested. Upon seeing the look of horror on my face when they mentioned oil, another staff member came over to tell me how much she loves this product and how even though I've got oily skin, I shouldn't be scared of using oily products on them. So, I decided to give it a go!
My first use was a little scary, it's much oilier than anything else I've ever used on my skin before and I was scared it just wasn't going to work for me at all. That being said, I noticed its potential right away. It smells quite nice and it really, really took my makeup off. It's the only cleanser I've used so far that isn't phased by Benefit They're Real Mascara! It takes everything off without a problem at all leaving my skin feeling lovely a fresh and clean. After about a week, I noticed my skin was changing. My blemishes were less dry yet my oily T zone didn't feel so greasy or shiny anymore. On the packet, I noticed it said to use Lush Ultrabland and Ultrabland alone for a month to get really problematic skin back in balance, so I decided to give this a go.
It worked. I guess the theory that oily skin gets oily because it's overcompensating for you stripping it all the time has some truth to it! Although I've now changed cleansers to one that doesn't have parabens in it (sadly, Ultrabland does and I try to use as little products with parabens in as possible) I cannot ignore how much of a difference Ultrabland made my skin. While I'm still very blemish prone, I just don't have the problems I used to do with my makeup sliding off my face or looking shiny after an hour or so. My skin now feels much more normal and regulated and I am enjoying much more prolonged wear of my makeup and a matte finish is easily achievable for me now. While it didn't stop or get rid of my blemishes, I've definitely been experiencing less breakouts since my revelation that oil is not the enemy.
I really recommend this product. It's very gentle yet very effective and I'd advise anyone with oily skin who has previously been too worried to use cleansers containing oil on their face to maybe give it a go!