Hi my lovelies, I’ve been using the Glam Glow Youthmud™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment for more than six months now and thought I would do a proper review.
I know, I’m so late to the party and does the Internet need another Glam Glow rave? Let’s find out…
Surprisingly, I bought this pricey mask, USD69 for just 1.7 oz, at Sephora knowing that clay is a very cheap ingredient. But I was very curious about this brand and I was debating with myself which Glam Glow mask to try first. They have a blue one and a white one — and between the two at the time, the blue one (hydrating mask) just started to get some attention but it wasn’t something I was looking for to add in my regimen.
So I went with the “black one” — the first Glam Glow mask that had skincare junkies swarming over. Many people raved that they could see and feel a visible difference to their skin just after one use.
I would definitely have to agree with that. After using it for the first time, my skin felt super silky smooth, brighter, and clearer which carried over to the next day when I washed my face in the morning. Now that is a sign of a great treatment mask.
Taken from the Sephora site, here is a run down of the key star ingredients:
-French Sea Clay: Absorbs impurities and toxic substances, while leaving essential natural oils and minimizing pore size.
– Volcanic Pumice Rock: Multi-level surface exfoliation that you control to clear dead skin cells, smoothing out fine lines and softening skin texture.
– Green Tea Leaf Pieces: GLAMGLOW® groundbreaking patent pending TEAOXI™ technology delivers fresh Super-Squalene, EGCG super antioxidants, and Polypenols directly into the mud from the real pieces of tea leaf.
It sounds very formidable and high tech which may or may not tickle your fancy — I actually wonder if the third ingredient even contributes anything to your skin and how do they squeeze in squalene, a type of fish oil, into green tea leaf pieces as they don’t feel like they are a big feature of the product?
Let me explain:
The green tea leaf pieces look like black flakes in the mud mask and they actually bother me quite a bit, well a lot really. They obviously don’t spread well on the skin and feel extremely rough during the removal process. Thankfully, I usually only get one or two pieces on my face when I use this mask.
It does have a “tingly” sensation that is mentioned in its name. If you have sensitive skin, you might feel uncomfortable but it was fine on mine. I only use this product once a week or fortnight and I have no problems with it whatsoever.
It has a very pleasant citrusy floral scent which makes it feel more high-end than your run-of-the-mill clay mask. Speaking of which, I had been using Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Mask for years but my huge tube unfortunately went off after 1.5 years (it takes forever to finish it!!!!) and actually caused a major pimple out break on my forehead which only thankfully hung around for three days. So ladies, do throw away old products hanging around in your collection! *rant over*
So this mask is a very harsh exfoliator when it is dry and you need to use water to massage it off your face. Therefore I tend to use this when I feel my skin is very clogged up and assaulted by days of using loads of sunscreen and being exposed to pollution.
If I feel like I just need a spot of pampering, I would put this mask on and let it dry while I soak in a hot bath, and then spray my face with a warm shower to remove it — in this scenario, I wouldn’t experience the harsh exfoliating process but my skin still feels nicely unclogged.
Would I buy this again? Unfortunately, no. It’s too expensive for what it is even though it would last me for a long time but there are other treatment masks that perform just as well and less expensively. And those damn tea leaves — what a deal breaker.
The size of this mask is great for travelling though as the small tub fits into my skincare kit snugly — there aren’t too many clay travel sized masks I can think of that has that perk.
Have you tried this product? Do you have another great clearing mask to recommend me?