If you love natural products that really work, you’ve probably spent more than your fair share of beauty budget at your local Lush. The brand stocks a great range of eco-friendly, vegetarian and vegan cosmetics for skin and hair, from shower gels and shampoos to fragrance and face masks.
However, while the entire range is universally well-reviewed, every now and then one item emerges as a real hero – and that’s just what’s happening with its massage bars right now.
Customers are leaving endless positive comments about the soothing shea and cocoa butter bars, which are infused with oils like coconut, jojoba, almond and argan to leave skin looking soft and radiant. But while the stories are different, there’s a common theme running between them: the ability of the products to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks alike.
The bars are unsurprisingly a big hit during pregnancy, with one shopper writing: ‘I bought this to use on my bump and some old scars, I’ve only been using it a few weeks and there’s such a difference already.
‘I so wish I’d known about this at the start of my pregnancy, I’ve spent so much on expensive oils and creams but this is the best thing I’ve used for stretch marks, would definitely recommend.’
However, purchasers who aren’t expecting say the effects are just as evident on any area of the body, on both fresh marks and old scars alike.
‘All-natural minimal ingredients, incredibly moisturising and I find it helps heal/reduce any scars on very thin parts of my skin. I love this massage bar so much,’ said a fan of the Therapy Massage Bar, while another agreed: ‘Love everything about this – it’s uplifting, softening, smells amazing, and for me has helped with scarring. Easily one of my favorite things from Lush.’
Of course, there’s no shame in scars or stretch marks – an estimated 80 per cent of people have the latter in some shape or form, and many are of the mind that they’ve ‘earned their stripes’ and love to show them off (a move that we fully encourage).
It’s also important to note that the reviews are only anecdotal evidence – Lush simply claims that the conditioning bars ‘soften the skin and soothe the mind’, and while some topical treatments can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, the NHS states that they are unlikely to get rid of them completely.
However, if the massage bars are proving useful as a first line of defence, or helping people love the skin they’re in a little more, this can only be a good thing, surely?