LUSH Dark Angels Cleanser Review

After having a very bad experience and breakout with the Clinique 3 Step System, I went to LUSH and picked up a new skincare regimen. This regimen consists of Dark Angels Cleanser, Tea Tree Toner, Grease Lightning, Brazened Honey Mask and I also sampled the Vanishing Cream. LUSH Dark Angels is a daily cleansing scrub designed to rid the skin of excess oils and dead cells, all while moisturizing. Dark Angels is black in color due to the charcoal, has a grainy/squishy texture like moon sand and smells of liquorice. It is made with natural ingredients and is a breakaway cleanser, meaning you break a portion off to use when you cleanse your face. It costs $10.95 USD per 3.5 oz and has a shelf life of about 4 months.

Ingredients

Rhassoul Mud, cold pressed Avocado Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Black Sugar, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Perfume, *Linalool, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil

Description

This is our soft black sugar scrub that feels oh-so-good when you rub it in and leaves your skin glowing. The velvety texture is sprinkled with black sugar and powdered charcoal to gently exfoliate and cleanse away excess oils. We add rhassoul mud and vitamin-rich cold pressed organic avocado oil to soften, moisturize and nourish skin, as well as sandalwood and rosewood oils to soothe. We’re all in love with this daily cleanser (even those of us who don’t have young or oily skin can’t resist it!).

*Ingredients and description from LUSH

I have been using Dark Angels twice a day, once in the morning and once at night followed by the Tea Tree Toner, Grease Lightning and Vanishing Cream. Since my sample of the Vanishing Cream has ran out, I have been using Oil of Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 for Sensitive Skin. I have also been using the Brazened Honey mask twice a week. Since beginning this regimen my breakouts have cleared and subsided, and the blemishes have faded tremendously. Although this is a review of Dark Angels, I just wanted it to be clear that I have been using this product in conjunction with other products so this may have affected my results. Now back to Dark Angels…

 I pinch off a small portion, about the size of a nickel and place it in the palm of my hand. I then add a few drops of water and use my fingers to create a thin paste and spread it all over my face. The mask applies smooth but you can feel the granules of black sugar, some of which are quite large. I then get in the shower and let it sit on my face while I bathe. After I am done bathing, while still in the shower I gently massage the cleanser into my face and I can feel the granules of black sugar exfoliating. If you scrub too hard the black sugar can be a bit harsh, so gentle is key.  I then rinse my face thoroughly to make sure there are no traces of the cleanser left behind. I pat my face dry with a towel and I am left with clean, glowing and moisturized skin. My face feels smooth and refreshed and is not left with that tight dry feeling that some cleansers can leave you with.  I then follow through with the rest of my skin care regimen. *It is best to use this cleanser in the shower as it can get rather messy!

I must say that I LOVE Dark Angels Cleanser. From the first use I could see a difference in my skin. I had patches of small pimples on my cheeks next to my nose and on the right side of my chin that just would not go away. After using Dark Angels the first night, in the morning some of the pimples had already dried out. Since then the pimples are gone and the blemishes left behind are disappearing rapidly.  I must admit that if you have dry or really sensitive skin, using this cleanser everyday may be a bit much for you. I have combination skin and using this cleanser everyday has not caused me any problems so far.  I would definitely repurchase this cleanser when I run out. Dark Angels gets two big thumbs up from me!

Next up… LUSH Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask!

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Erica
Erica

When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.

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2 Comments

  1. Raquela
    04.20.2013 / 7:12 pm

    Are you still using this ? If not what is your current regimen ?

    • Erica
      Author
      04.21.2013 / 11:40 am

      No I don’t use this anymore. I’m currently using African Black Soap and Shea Butter. I will be doing a detailed post this week so stay tuned 🙂

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