It’s not often that I do product reviews specifically about one tiny thing. Foundations and mascaras, maybe. They’re important things that need to be got right. Spot treatments, however, would probably fall under a ‘favourites’ post, or perhaps a full skincare post. I’m breaking my pattern today because I feel like this little black bottle really does deserve the ‘spotlight’ all to itself – see what I did there?
So what do Lush say?
‘Grease Lightning is a powerful combination of ingredients that will nip any breakouts in the bud without upsetting the skin around them. We use an infusion of antibacterial and antiseptic rosemary, thyme and tea tree, as well as antioxidant-rich grape juice and witch hazel, which is astringent and anti-inflammatory and is said to soothe redness. This product is ideally applied when you feel a spot is about to erupt – prevention is better than cure.’ – from the Lush site
Sounds awesome, right? It is. Rosemary, thyme and tea tree, grape juice and witch hazel, and all of the things that one might find in conventional spot treatments. Hell, we’ve seen them all advertised on the sides of boxes and bottles in Boots. So it should work just the same, right? It should just dry your face out and be ridiculously disappointing?
When I first tried the gel I was skeptical. Having had pretty average results from all of the immediate relief stuff on the market, I was convinced that this was going to be the same. That is until I used it. Sure I felt my skin tighten and whatever, and then I looked in the mirror and where even was the spot? Okay, milk exaggeration BUT seriously it was impressive.
Upon application a huge amount of redness disappears, and the spot/blemish/whatever actually does shrink. To the touch, my skin is smooth rather than bumpy and lumpy. It quite genuinely does force the spot away and isn’t that exactly what we wanted? Perfect.
Sure there are downsides, like anything like this. You can’t wear it under makeup because it tends to peel off a bit and you end up with weird dry looking patches, and it does dry your face out a bit – as you’d expect. I like to apply it before bed, about 15 mins before I moisturise, and I also apply a few dabs immediately after I get home from uni/wherever I am, obviously after removing any makeup.
I’ve never ever used anything like this, to be honest.
What’s your favourite spot treatment?
Have you tried the Grease Lightning treatment before?