How I survived the winter: Lush Fresh Face Masks

Twist Me Toned - Tannis Miller
Twist Me Toned – Tannis Miller

I hate winter. And it isn’t just because of our gruesome winters that are legitimately too cold for human life, that leave me questioning my sanity during horrific daily treks to the bus stop. Well, that’s part of it – but it’s not the only reason.
I hate winter because of what it does to my skin.
As a makeup artist, I’m pretty confident that I can double my makeup brush as a magic wand on even the least fortunate of complexions, but in the dead of winter when the frigid temperatures drain the will to live from your soul, the dryness that goes along with it sucks the moisture out of your skin. And truth be told, there’s very little that can be done to camouflage the resulting blackheads and, uh, flakiness.
Exfoliants work wonders to slough off the pesky, unwanted texture that tends to bear its ugly head in our arctic-like temperatures, but it won’t solve the root of the problem. And a good moisturizer? It’s a start, but still not the magic answer.
Your skin is an organ – the largest one you have, in fact. Treat it well and it will treat you well back. I could go on and on about the benefits of pounding your H2O (seriously, I will write an entirely separate article on the benefits of water intake and radiant skin), but that’s not where I stand today.
Today I want (need) to tell you how much I’m in love with Lush Fresh Face Masks.
Recently, my skin and I were at odds, and I definitely lost the battle – but only briefly. Acne reminiscent of my (unfortunate) Grade 8 days went on a rampage with a dry, peeling frenzy, and I was desperate to take control. Scrubs, coconut oil, and spot treatments – I tried it all, to big financial loss and no avail. For any of you who have suffered from skin problems of any kind, you’ll sympathize with the desperation I had.
And then there was Lush.
I sauntered into Lush with only a morsel of hope left, and decided to check out its Fresh Face Mask – what the heck. I think I’d tried one years back, but had no real recollection of my opinion on the product, so I started perusing the goopy paste-like substances.
A clerk was with me right away and began asking me what I needed out of a mask. After I frustratedly spewed a long list of my skin’s wonky issues to the poor girl, we came to the conclusion “Catastrophe Cosmetic” could be a good fit for me and my troubled skin.
She was right.
A couple days post-mask, and voila, my skin and I were in the clear. Since it also doubles as a “maintenance mask,” I continue to reward my skin’s good behaviour by lightly exfoliating and using it about once a week, but the tantrums have subsided. (At least for now.)
For those who are interested in what Lush has to say about this particular little paste-form gem, here’s its official description:
“Prevent disasters by taking regular care of your skin with our deep-cleansing, nutrient-rich blueberry mask. The little blue bulbs are packed with vitamins, and blended into calamine, rose absolute and chamomile blue oil to soothe redness, irritation, and cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. This one is wonderfully soothing on sensitive skin. Treat your face to Catastrophe Cosmetic as often as you can to keep your skin looking its best.”
I believe there’s eight Fresh Face Masks at Lush, so you can find one that perfectly suits your particular skin type. Check them out and let me know your favourite – one thing I know we can all agree on: flaky’s not sexy.
Tannis Miller is a personal trainer and business owner at, and an experienced self-taught makeup artist and beauty guru. Tannis’ work has been published in and on the covers of It’s Love Winnipeg, Status Fitness Magazine, and Inside Fitness magazines. 

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