Lush Vanishing Cream Moisturizer

Oily Skins Asked Us
Enough of oils! We heard you. Cold weather is afoot, and while you adore oils and their chemical-free benefits, some of you have emailed in asking for super-drenching creams that are made with oils to help skin stay balanced with the harsh chills and drying heaters. Winter can bring its fair share of drying effects, even onto normally oily skins. And, we get it. You don’t always want to use oil, especially in the rush of the morning, when SPF and foundation need time to blend down. So, we scouted a moisturizer with high concentrations of essential oils to help control the T-zone, give you your oil fix, and blend down in a snap.

The Product
Lush Vanishing Cream Moisturizer ($39.95) is a multipurpose treatment, which has water as its second ingredient. Yes, water, which means it’s pretty much the highest in concentration. The normal H20 kind, but added to the tap variety are Rose Water and Lavender Honey Water: the former serves as a tonic to tone up the pores and reduce signs of oiliness, the latter which soothes irritated skin. Together, they form an exceptional base of moisture when oily skins demand a lightweight formulation, which is often consider our skin needs to get to the additional beauty wares. Witch Hazel added after the organic Grapeseed and Jojoba oils helps tighten up pores, while the fortified oils get down n’ deep to treat with their pure fatty acids. We've said it before, so we’ll say it again - due to Jojoba’s affinity with our own sebum, it is more readily absorbed and tolerated by the top layer of our skin, making it easily blendable. And, Grapeseed oil also has excellent emollient properties; it makes the skin feel more supple and smooth because it locks in moisture. Both are lightly viscous in weight and density, adding virtually no greasiness to the moisturizer. Did you know Neroli oil can help to regenerate skin cells and is a rejuvenating oil used to prevent ugly pock marks? Oily skins know all about this.

Why We Love It
The essential oils, of course! Why use a plain 'ole lotion, when you can use one enhanced with fortified vitamins. When more moisture is needed, this fresh-made formulation (expiration dates are always hand imprinted Lush) also means the freshest of essential absolutes added to the cream. Ensconced deep within the folds of Shea Butter are tendrils of earthy Lavender strung throughout an organic interplay of Neroli & Geranium. Less of a deluge and more of soft lacings, the Lavender does overshadow the florals and even the tincture of a balmy Benzoin, which is probably intentional. Lush’s sensual wisps are mature and desirous and what you will appreciate, as who wants to overpower the senses when skin is begging for moisture and relief from bitter chills? Simple aesthetics hands down beat out the mediocre day creams, which scream with overhyped marketing prowess and brash filler ingredients.

The Texture
An airy, non-sticky, fluffed up emulsion, the cream is not at all greasy butmore like a full-bodied lotion. The perfect remedy for oily skins during winter, as a pea-sized amount wil absorb when massaged in and help keep oil production at bay. Shine-free complexions will need minimal blotting throughout the day. Also, impressive is how it lacks a watered down SPF, as you should be using a separate sun protectant over any moisturizer.

Here’s a Hint
Acne-prone skins won’t have to worry about clogging pores (really, a shameless marketing myth), as the Witch Hazel will boost the anti-shine activity. And, don’t forget the neck, as like hands, skipping both always betray your true age.

The Final Word
A cuddly moisturizer that will amp up skin’s moisture without having you sacrifice the slick of fatty rich oils. Yes, believe the hype.