The stresses of modern living take their toll on even the best of us – pollution, unhealthy diet, poor lifestyle habits, etc. At the same time, we are all expected to look our best at all times, regardless of your beliefs, we live in a superficial society. And the common mud has never looked quite as glamorous as it does now, with Glamglow mud masks!
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a big fan of mud masks as I was always deathly afraid of them drying out my sensitive skin. That does not mean I’ve not dabbled with them of course (for example this), but I always returned to my HG Shiseido The Skincare Purifying Mask (reviewed here). Since that has been sadly discontinued, the hunt is on for the perfect deep cleansing, pore-refining mask!
Glamglow Youthmud is the one that shot the brand to fame and has been widely lauded by every publication and blogger. Dubbed “Hollywood’s facial in a jar”, Youthmud promises to detoxify and awaken the skin, tone and lift for more youthfulness, and put radiance back to the skin. Sounds like miracle in a jar, and I was excited to try it out.
Youthmud contains Glamglow’s patented Teaoxi technology that contains squalene, EGCG antioxidants and polyphenols for anti-aging and anti-wrinkle results. I was really intrigued to find actual pieces of tea leaves inside the mask, as well as granular beads for physical exfoliation. Living up to its name as mud mask, Youthmud contains French Sea Clay to draw out impurities.
And here are a couple of super glamorous before and after shots…
For my first attempt, I applied a very very thin layer as I was having some spots of sensitivity and was just recovering from a bad bout of irritation. When I first applied it, it felt cool and then a tingling sensation sets in which lasts for quite awhile. As you can see, the mask is somewhat creamy, but with lumpy pieces of leaves in it. It gradually dries into a hard mask after about 10 minutes, and you can see how it is hugging every pore to extract all the impurities. To remove, I first rinsed gently with warm water to soften the mask, and then gradually as it eases up, I gently massaged in circular motions to exfoliate. It is rather gritty with beads of exfoliates in it, so I suggest doing this as gently as you can. And once it is completely off, I found my skin to be incredibly smooth, and visibly brighter. My spots of redness felt ok, Youthmud did not aggravate nor cause my sensitive spots to worsen. However, it did look slightly redder, so if you are having a bad case of atopic dermititis or eczema with open wounds, I would suggest waiting for your skin to get better before putting it through more stress.
Glamglow Supermud was the sequel to Youthmud, and is formulated with a 6-acid AHA & BHA blend for exfoliation. It also contains activated charcoal and kaolin clay for deep cleansing and pore minimizing. In addition to Teaoxi, Supermud contains Eucalyptus Leaf extract to condition the skin.
Again, more super glamorous shots for the sake of giving you an idea of the experience…
Supermud felt quite similar to its predecessor at first touch with similar grittiness and leave pieces in it, although it is a darker color and more watery. It still tingled when applied although that sensation faded away within a minute as the mask started to dry. I noticed that it took slightly longer to completely dry, up to as long as 15 minutes (although it says 5-20 minutes on the jar). Similar to Youthmud, Supermud also hugged my pores as it dried and helped to draw impurities out. It didn’t feel quite as harsh as Youthmud and is probably better suited for those with sensitive skin.
Glamglow Thirstymud targets dry skin, and promises to provide deep and long-lasting hydration, moisturize, restore and calm skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, and moisturizing sugars and acids from apples to moisturize; oat beta glycan to soothe and calm skin; and coconut oil to to condition skin. Raw honey and ginger root provides a boost of radiance and helps detoxify.
This is an almost gel-like mask that spreads out easily all over the face but does not dry up or get completely absorbed over time. It is the color of honey but sheers out so it becomes invisible on the face, and is suitable for an inflight treatment as recommended by Glamglow. However, as it never gets absorbed, it does leave a film over the face, which may stain sheets or other fabric. I generally wipe off with a cotton pad saturated with toner after 20-30 minutes, and the cotton pad wipes off brown.
It smells like pina colada, and feels cool on the skin. Not tingly the way Youthmud and Supermud were, but minty cool, and the skin remains cool for a period even after wiping off. It is the perfect companion for the other 2 preceding mud masks, putting moisture back and restoring the skin.
Glamglow Brightmud is a targeted treatment for the eyes, and comes in a box with 12 pre-packed doses. Simply tap over the eye area, leave on for 3 minutes, and then wipe off to reveal brighter, smoother and plumper skin. Dubbed as “Botox in 3-minutes”, it promises to detox and deliver nutrients to the eye area. It contains ingredients such as caffeine to stimulate circulation and reduce the appearance of dark circles, and peppermint to provide overall brightening and de-puff.
Brightmud has similar texture as Thirstymud, perhaps slightly less “wet”, but it has the same honey coloration and applies translucent. However, it has tiny bits of leaves in it similar to Youthmud and Supermud, which I’m not sure if it is ideal for rubbing on the thinner skin around the eyes. To be clear though, Glamglow suggests tapping it over the eye area, but you do have to wipe it off afterwards.
There was a slight tingling sensation when I first applied it, and unlike the rest of my face, it does make me a little nervous especially around the delicate eye area. But it went away fairly quickly. Similar to Thirstymud, Brightmud does not dry up, so you have to wipe it off, but I prefered to rinse off to avoid dragging the bits of leaves across my skin. And my eye area definitely looked brighter! My dark eye circles were still visible, but the overall area was certainly brighter. My lids also looked lifted and my eye bags were less severe. As I only had 1 pair for sampling, I cannot attest to any long-term benefits. But for prepping before a special event, Brightmud is certainly useful.
Glamglow has some very interesting mud masks, and there is bound to be something suitable for every skin concern. Granted, they are somewhat pricier than your usual purifying and hydrating masks, but there are often nice bundled sets that allow you to try more than 1 mask and is cheaper overall. And with a whole suite of offerings available, it is nice to be able to mix and match within the family as needed.