May 25, 2010

Lush Sweet Japanese Girl Facial Massage Bar Scrub

"Regular readers of the Lush Times will know all about Noriko, our Japanese Lush skincare specialist who spent a while last year working on new products. She and Helen developed Sweet Japanese Girl together. We hand make each one in a Japanese sweetmeat mould, it's sweet little face with its chubby cheeks represents beauty. Massage the bar into the congested parts of the facial skin; tea tree and juniperberry oils help to clear up the skin, ground almonds and aduki beans exfoliate it and the natural oils add moisture. Wipe off with warm water on 100% cotton wool or a soft face cloth and your face will feel soft, clean and relaxed but nicely scrubbed."

Lush Sweet Japanese Girl  Facial Massage Bar Scrub - Review
Lush Sweet Japanese Girl Facial Massage Bar Scrub

That was the charming Lush description for the product that I have picked for review today.  The Sweet Japanese Girl is a massage bar for the face - a round bar moulded into the shape of a face.
Lush Sweet Japanese Girl  Facial Massage Bar Scrub - Review
Lush Sweet Japanese Girl Facial Massage Bar Scrub

I cut the poor girl's forehead off to give to my friend to try. The rest of the face has worn off with my regular use :-(

Lush Sweet Japanese Girl  Facial Massage Bar Scrub - Review
Lush Sweet Japanese Girl (Review) Facial Massage Bar Scrub

As you can see in the pic below, the bar is pretty oily. It melts very easily, especially in summer. I got all that oil on my hands with just moving the bar around trying to take photos. It has ground almonds and aduki beans which help in exfoliation.

Lush Sweet Japanese Girl  Facial Massage Bar Scrub - Review
Lush Sweet Japanese Girl Facial Massage Bar Scrub

Mode of action: This is the information I got with a bit of googling. The oils in the bar dissolve and remove any debris in the pores and thus help clear out and clean the skin. I suppose this could be classified as a kind of Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). Wiping off with warm water soaked cotton or wash cloth removes the dissolved debris.

Ingredients: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Palm Kernel Oil (Hydrogenated palm), Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Ground Aduki Beans (Phaseolus), Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus communis), Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), Perfume.

How I use it (will need - 1 clean thick hand towel, lukewarm-hot water)

1. I do this in the night - frequency maybe about once a week. I only use it only on days when my skin is not having any active break-outs.

2. Clean and pat dry face.

3. Rub the bar between my hands to release the oils and then massage my face. Can rub the bar directly on my face, but I don't like to do it because I feel the bar stays cleaner this way.

4. I massage for about 5 minutes. Then I take some warm water, as warm as my skin can comfortably tolerate, and soak a small handtowel in it, wring out the water, and place the towel on my face until it cools down. Do this 2-3 times, each time rinsing out the towel with clean water before soaking it in warm water and placing it on the face.

5. The correct procedure is to wipe your face with the warm towel and leave it at that. I usually wash my face with a mild soap, though, to remove any oily residue because I have noticed that if I do not do this, I get tiny breakouts.

6. If I wash my face with soap, then I apply a bit of moisturizer to ensure my skin doesn't dry out. If I just wipe my face, I won't need a moisturizer.

7. That's it - go to sleep and wake up to a relaxed clean face :-)

Optional - Sometimes when I am in a mood to do so, I wipe off the oils, and then apply a face pack. I feel its like my mini-facial :-) Would suggest Lush Fresh Face Mask - Cosmetic Warrior to go with this. Any clay-based mask would be good, though.

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