Here’s our Lush Dream Cream review. In short: A legit miracle worker.
Read on or listen to our Lush Dream Cream story in the podcast below!
What they say: “What makes Dream Cream so effective? It contains every ingredient nature makes for soothing sore skin! One of our proudest product achievements ever.”
Our grade: A+
The Lush Dream Cream review: All of a sudden I realized I’d had a zit for a month. A month is a long time to have a zit — and as I took a closer look at it, I realized I didn’t have a zit but sort of a complex of irritation, with a zit surrounded by more redness and bumpiness. It was a lot, especially since it was right in the middle of my face.
I’d thought I’d irritated my skin with some too-strong-for-me Dr. Dennis Gross peels — or maybe I’d gone a little too hard on the exfoliating scrubs. This wasn’t normal acne, not least because of the bumpiness. On the spectrum of very dry to super oil, I’ve always been right in the middle of the various skin types, maybe tending ever-so-slightly to dry skin. I’ve never had particularly sensitive skin. Was it — rosacea? I didn’t know. I did know that I had a problem, so I showed it to my mom, and told her that if it didn’t clear up in three days, I would see a dermatologist. Right after that, I asked my sister for a recommendation, and she told me to stop by Lush.
Lush’s Dream Cream, you may remember, sold out overnight after a review went viral last year: A British mom posted pictures showing how it’d fixed her baby’s eczema. Among its main ingredients are oat milk, rose water, chamomile blue oil, and cocoa butter, which if anything sounded a little gentle to me — it seemed like this level of irritation would require some sort of heavier hitters. (While Dream Cream mostly consists of natural ingredients like those, note that it does contain parabens.) It just felt like a garden-variety night cream or coconut oil deal wasn’t going to get the job done. I had already tried both of those, of course, along with everything else: tea tree oil, jojoba oil, excessive moisturizing, my favorite Ordinary hyaluronic acid, anything and everything I had.
So without an idea for what else to do — except for enriching some more dermatologists — I stopped by my local Lush and picked up my (free!) sample. Dream Cream isn’t exactly a moisturizing cream, or a treatment for acne prone skin. (I actually came to think of it as more of a medical ointment than, like, a regular face cream.) I put it on, forgot about it — and the next day, whatever was on my face had disappeared by half. The raised bit — the part I’d thought was a zit — was no longer raised. It’s two weeks later now, and I actually just put my hand to my face, to see if it had come back, but I couldn’t feel anything. It’s 80 percent better.
I actually just walked to the bathroom to check the mirror, to see if 80 percent is really true. It’s not: It’s more like 90 percent. If I didn’t know it was there, I wouldn’t have noticed it.
I just want to point out: It’s not like this splotch took five weeks to heal, and I just happened to use Dream Cream at the four-week mark. It hadn’t gotten any better for four weeks — if anything, it was getting worse. I was ready to go to a dermatologist — and I do not like going to doctors. This fixed it within a few days. I don’t think it did much else — I wouldn’t use it as a regular facial cream, or to cure more typical problem: wrinkles, very dry skin, fine lines. But give it a chance to fix some irritation, and I’ve seen it do wonders.
A ridiculous addendum: A few months after this happened, my friend had a not-at-all similar rash on her face, which got more noticeable as the day went on. It looked nothing like mine, but she asked if I had any ideas, and I offered her my Dream Cream. She, too, was on the verge of seeing a doctor about it — and she, too, saw her irritation disappear a few days after the Dream Cream. If that’s not a skincare miracle, I don’t know what is.
Buy it again? Absolutely.
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