Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser ($29.95) is one of those cleansers that might remind you of your grandmother’s cold cream days. I’ve been using Ultrabland on and off for over ten years now. I used to be a major Lush Baby Face fan girl until it was discontinued. Ultrabland is the same idea just in a different format but it never quite caught on with me until I realized how good it was for my drier skin.
I actually always keep it stashed around and I use it on and off to remove my makeup. It’s one of those cleansers that’s great if you embrace the Korean double cleansing method. It’s also fabulous for drier skin types.
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Lush Ultrabland is a super thick, emollient balm not to be confused with cleansing balm as this is a vastly different formula. This goes the cold cream route more than the cleansing balm route. Although balmy in texture it actually needs to be wiped off and doesn’t emulsify or break down with water.
Lush formulated this with some great ingredients like honey and beeswax as well as rosewater. It does have a slight citrus-y fragrance that’s wasn’t overwhelming to my nose. To use it, simple take a small amount and warm it up between your fingers. Now, you’ll simply massage on your dry face and eyes. I typically give myself a nice, gentle massage with it. Work it in good! It’ll melt down slightly from the creamy balminess and almost become oily. As I’m doing this I plop a washcloth into my sink and run hot water over it. I know, I know, I did say you might be washing your face wrong if you used hot water but I find hot water is best when using Ultrabland. Take the warm washcloth, ring it out, and wipe your face. Typically Ultrabland leaves a very, very hydrating layer on skin well after removing it. If this makes you uncomfortable you can rinse with water and wipe your face again with the washcloth. You can also use a toner! Or if you double cleanse, obviously following up with a foaming cleanser will remove the excess Ultrabland.
Personally, I don’t mind because it feels very hydrating to me. Dare I say it almost reminds me of the feeling I get when I apply my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream! It feels quite lovely on my drier skin and unlike a majority of cleansers I never feel dry or tight after using it! But I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for those with larger pores, acne prone skin, or oily skin.
You must be wondering how it does with makeup removal at this point right? It does a great job! It breaks down eye makeup wonderfully and leaves drier eyes very well hydrated. Likewise, for facial makeup! It removes everything fairly easily. It takes a little time getting used to not using a bunch of water when washing my face but this stuff is fabulous when you’re skin is extra dry and flaky as it leaves skin super soft and smooth.
Ultrabland may seem like a bland, cold cream style cleanser but I promise it’s quite wonderful! Dry skin lovers absolutely need to give it a try!
Available now at Lush locations or at lush.com.