|Would buy this product again.||65%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I used this for about a week, and had to stop because it was sooo drying on my skin. I have dehydrated combination skin, and this was sold as being the more hydrating of Lush's cleansing, eh, things. Not the case for me. The scent was very strong, but I got used to it after a few washes - to me it smells sort of like one of thos old-fashioned bar soaps in fancy packets with drawings of 19th century ladies on them mixed with wet nori. I did sort of enjoy mixing up the clay in my hands, and it was an ok cleanser (used it in the morning and after removing my makeup with almond oil), but the dryness it caused was massive. And I did rinse it off very carefully, and I do use toner very carefully, so there was absolutely no residue left on my face to cause the dryness. It just stripped my skin a bit too much, that's all. Will not be repurchasing, or use again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
I bought this cleanser after running out of my prescription one. I found that the prescription cleanser wasn't really doing anything for me anymore, so I decided to try something from LUSH. This cleanser makes me skin feel really soft and not stripped and dry. However, the smell is too strong for me. I don't mind seaweed smells, but this is INCREDIBLY strong, so strong that it makes my skin and hands smell like seaweed for at least an hour after cleansing. Definitely going to discontinue using this.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This is a lovely calming cleanser and it smells like the sea! At first, it may be a little off-putting due to its pink squishy texture and pieces of seaweed so it may be quite confusing if you're new to the world of natural cleansers. I pinch off a small pea-sized amount and mash it into the palm of my hand with some warm water, this makes it run like milk - if you would prefer a thicker texture then only splash a tiny amount of water onto it. It was a bit weird at first but the results were my favourite thing about this product, so I was more than willing to mash it into milk in the morning and massage pieces of seaweed around my face into irritated areas.
So I'd massage this around my wet face in the morning and evenings and it really seemed to calm my acne and dry it out, without drying out the rest of my skin. I loved it. I have dealt with cystic acne since I was 12 and this really helped to stop it from spreading or flaring up again, it was the first time my skin felt and looked wonderful. In combination with Estee Lauder ANR, Aqua Marina works like a dream on my skin and I rarely get new acne flare ups across my jawline and cheeks. My face feels smooth and soft after I use it, but if you're not looking for calming effects on your skin, then I wouldn't recommend it for a deep cleanse. It also seems to dislodge stubborn bits of flaky skin around my nose - which is always a plus.
I would award Aqua Marina with five lippies, but after 2 months of use I noticed something odd happening to my skin. Nothing to be too alarmed about, but I noticed my skin lightening. Now I'm half Asian and I really like my golden skin tone but this has made it paler - my acne scars are more visible due to this as well. I am now Mac NC20 whereas beforehand I was NC30 in summer and NC25 at the most pale my skin could get in the winter. I've read other reviews from other people saying that this has happened to them as well, so if you have Asian/Black/Olive/Tanned skin then I think you should consider whether this is right for you. If you want to lighten your skin then go for it (at least it's a natural way of doing it!), if you're happy with your skin the way it is then perhaps consider using Aqua Marina short term to deal with irritations/acne issues and then use something else after you have treated that problem so that your skin doesn't lighten too much. Another criticism would be that you really do need to moisturise after you use Aqua Marina (even if you have oily skin) it does tend to be quite drying, get yourself some facial oil or a lovely serum to really treat and nourish your skin at the same time.
Overall if you have struggled with acne, as I have, I would suggest using this to really calm down flare ups and if you don't want to lighten your skin, use Aqua Marina over the course of a week and then alternate with something else for when your skin is treated and feeling better.
EDIT: This suddenly stopped working for me after 6 months of use. I had a massive flare up and haven't changed anything about my skincare routine drastically. I'm disappointed and feel a bit let down by the slightly short lived nature of this product. I'm removing a lippie. It does make your skin feel soft, but as I've discovered perhaps the sea salt and the citrus oils in this product aggravate acne (especially hormonal) after prolonged use.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I went to LUSH seeking help in clearing up a breakout of blisters that occurred from use of another product that obviously caused some type of allergic reaction. Worst of all, this reaction happened while traveling for work and I had limited resources on hand for dealing. I got back home and made my way to LUSH for help.
The associate took one look at this red, inflamed mess on my face and recommended Aqua Marina. I purchased a tub, brought it home and started using as directed. Within 24 hours all the redness and inflammation was gone. Within 48 hours, the blisters started drying out and aside from a couple of spots my face was almost completely healed in 3-4 days. I am seriously impressed with this product and would definitely recommend to others.
This product doesn't remove make-up, so this has to be done prior to use for full benefit. I have been using a light moisturizer after use in the morning as continued use can be a bit drying. Overall, I really like this product and will continue to use.
UPDATE: I just went and purchased another tub of this product, I have been using for 3 weeks and my face is completely cleared and has been for almost 2 weeks. I have been using a bit more than necessary to calm the mess on my face so I went through my first tub pretty quickly. I make a thick paste and smear it over my face and then work it into my skin and rinse. I noticed that not only did it clear up the blisters caused from a reaction to a new product, my pores have shrunken tremendously and my skin is so much smoother. I am more than sold and will continue to use this cleanser.
Age: Unknown Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
I love this gentle, non-foaming cleanser for my combination skin that is prone to breakouts during that time of the month. It takes a little more effort than, say, a cleanser in a pump, but it's pretty worth it I think. It doesn't strip my skin or encourage breakouts.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This was my first LUSH cleanser purpose. I was initially after AOBS but the sales assistant recommended this instead as she said it would be better for my oily t zone as it really mattifies. Its marketed for sensitive skin to get rid of redness but based on reviews and using I believe it works best on oily skin. I used it for about two weeks to see how it would go and at first it worked well by giving me a really nice smooth and matte complexion. It contains calamine lotion and lavender which soothes the skin as well as clay to soak up excess oil. The matte complexion was so nice although it gets really tight if you don't moisturize afterwards and creams tend to just sit on the skin after cleansing with this. With continued use i noticed it didn't really benefit my skin like clear breakouts besides keep oil at bay. I ended up getting two massive breakouts and tiny white bumps on my cheeks which was unusual as I never breakout on my cheeks so I knew it was from this. I took it back and exchanged it for AOBS which cleared up the damage that Aqua Marina did on my face after first use.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Silver Eyes: Green
I bought this after the LUSH assistant mentioned a customer earlier said it calms the redness in her face. I have acne rosacea and am constantly on the lookout for calming products that don't break the bank and actually WORK. I have used Liz Earle, Raw Gaia, Clinique amongst others with OK-ish results but still searching for "the one". I think I found it...this stuff does work; I have used it for 2/3 weeks now and my skin is much less red, I have far less spots and best of all some stubborn scar type spots I had for months have disappeared. I love it! I like the smell, it is easy to apply (just take a pea sized amount, mix in your palm with a bit of warm water, apply to face and keep adding water to your palm and mixing until it is all diluted). I use a muslin cloth to remove. It removes all makeup including mascara, eyeliner and stubborn "suede effect" lipstick. I look forward to taking my face off now! This is a winner and my HG I reckon!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I've just finished a tub of this and have switched to Angels on Bare skin, just for the variety.
I find Aqua Marina to be very soothing, which I think is because of the calamine in it. I personally like the smell although some pots of this that I've purchased smelt a bit "fishy". Perhaps open the pot you're thinking of buying and have a quick smell.
This to me, is the non foaming version of Fresh Farmacy.
This doesn't remove any of my makeup, and isn't exfoliating at all, so I was using it as a morning cleanser.
This definitely helped with my redness and helped my face feel less tight.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I'm not usually very impressed with many of Lush's products, for the most part I just buy a couple bath bombs for myself and some bubble bars for my daughter. Last time I ended up going home with several samples and Aqua Marina was one of them. And let me just say, I am so glad I tried it! It took me about 2 weeks to use up my sample, and I ran right back to Lush to buy it. I actually use it as a mask instead of a cleanser, every other day. I just mix a bit with water until it forms a thin paste, spread it on and let it dry for about 10 minutes. I rinse it off in the shower and haven't had any problems with residue. Aqua Marina leaves my skin feeling soft, and calm. Not too dry or too oily. It does seem to have helped calm the redness in my cheeks and I've not broken out for several weeks. Some reviewers have commented on the scent of Aqua Marina, but I really haven't noticed it too much. Perhaps it smells a bit strong, but it is not offensive to my nose. I will definitely be buying Aqua Marina again.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I wish I had discovered this product years ago. After suffering from embarrassingly rosy cheeks in winter after coming indoors from the cold winter air, this has helped calm down the redness by 95% and makes me feel more normal again.
I use the size of a 10p piece on damp/wet skin and rub it in for approximately 2 minutes. I now only have to use light make-up and will definitely buy this product again the future and hope they never stop making it!