Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Glam Glow - The New Way To Face Mask


I've been really looking forward to writing this blog post because I've been itching to try GlamGlow products since I first heard about them. As a self-confessed pamper loving, face mask wearing Sunday Skincare lover, well, I wanted to see what the lowdown was on the face masks everyone's been talking about. I can't remember where I first heard about them, but as soon as I did, I was in love with the sexy and sleek packaging and the BIG promises on providing excellent quality skincare in the face mask market.

For me, face masks are an area of skincare which brands are now realising they should be expanding more. We've all got our own daily skincare routines - from those who stick to a baby wipe and that's it, to those who have a full five-step cleanse, tone and moisturise regime twice a day. But the appeal of face masks - well, everyone wants the quick-fix skincare don't they? The one-application-wonder that's going to transform the skin once a week. Face masks for me are a bit of a golden rule in skincare. No matter how short my daily routine becomes due to time restrictions (have you ever tried doing the school run with a six year old and a pregnant belly giving you back ache?!) you can always rely on a face mask to perk up the skin and give it a new lease of life. And help your face forgive you for the week of neglect.

So when GlamGlow entered my radar, I was uber excited to give their products a go. I've run out of decent face masks for my regular Sunday pampering and was delighted to get my mitts on the Supermud Clearing Treatment and the Youthmud. I've now tried both and I know a lot of you have been asking about my thoughts on them, so let me give you the low-down...


GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment
I'm going in with bells on for this because it's my favourite. I may be 29 but I've always suffered breakouts in my adult life. SPOTS. The bain of my skincare life - and it seems I'm a lot more sensitive to when they appear... Prior to becoming pregnant it only took a couple of glasses of wine, or a few late nights and the breakouts would appear. And admittedly since my pregnancy, my skin has changed and generally cleared, I still get spots and although there's less of them, they are a lot harder to get rid of. One of the key aims of the GlamGlow Supermud is to help adults who suffer from blemishes, and it offers two options - use as the normal full mask or as a spot treatment when needed. 

I also regularly talk about my main skincare concern - my oil secretion. I hate having oily skin and I fight the signs as best I can. I combat it with every oil-reducing product I can find, but nothing will change my skin type on a molecular level obviously. Oily skin and breakouts come hand in hand, so I was hoping for something that would work against both.


The mud itself is best applied with a brush for even coverage. I used a make-up brush to apply a light layer all over my face, and found this gave the best even coverage. You can technically leave the mask on for 5-20 minutes but I go for the maximum and happily leave it for 20 minutes. My first impressions were about the scent - it smells remarkably like aniseed! Which isn't my favourite smell, but other than that from the second you apply it, there is a cooling sensation and tingling - which I love. I've said before that when it comes to face masks, if you don't feel anything then I worry it's not doing anything. So I'm always relieved to feel some sensation on my skin. This was cooling and relaxing and I really enjoyed it. As the mud dries it tightens the skin as you'd expect from a mud mask and by 20 minutes it's fully dry and ready to be removed with warm water.

The first time I used this I was like Inspector Gadget - waiting with a mirror to inspect the results. I couldn't believe how matte my skin looked, I was SO impressed. I have mattifying make-up and primers etc, but I've never had a face mask that leaves the skin looking matte like this. I loved it. My pores looked noticeably smaller and more closed too, which helped with the matte affect, and the clean feeling all over was wonderful. Supermud has a GlamGlow-made duo of ingredients (a charcoal and acid blend) that penetrates and unclogs pores, then extracts sebum oils and toxins. Which is how it works it's magic and creates that clean matte finish.



You can use the Supermud as needed for a spot treatment or up to 3 times a week as a mask. I find it works best with twice weekly use as a face mask and it's really helping me to combat the appearance of my oily skin. The mattifying affect and the unclogging of my pores helps clear my breakouts and leave my skin looking exactly how I like it (matte) even when I've got nothing on my skin at all. Which means it's 100% worth it to me. I can honestly say that as far as face masks go, nothing has hit the spot for me quite like this has.



GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
Now let me say that I'm not showing any signs of ageing yet - that wasn't my reason behind trying the Youthmud. Of all the GlamGlow masks, this is the one I'd heard most about and it makes BIG claims. (It's refereed to as the 10 minute facial in a jar.) As I'm never one not to accept a challenge, I wanted to see if this mud really was like a 10 minute facial. Plus, although I don't need to use anti-ageing products yet, I do find there are usually a lot of benefits to the skin that can be found in them, regardless of your age. Mostly things like the increased collagen in lots of anti-ageing products tends to plump and smooth the skin, which helps with creating a smooth skin tone. So I wasn't put off with the words 'anti-ageing' at all.


You apply this mud the same way as the Supermud, but don't leave this one on for more than 10 minutes and it's advised you don't use it more than twice a week. And again, as with the Supermud, it's got that typical mud texture which is coarse and thick. Considering it's called a 'Tinglexfoliate Treatment' you expect a sensation as the mud takes affect, but the feeling was no more intense than the Supermud - meaning: it's totally bearable and not unpleasant. I like that feeling anyway!

After washing off the mud (this time make sure to remove in circular motion to help the exfoliation part of things happen) the skin feels refreshed and bright. You can tell you've used something powerful as there's an undeniable brightness just breaking through, and the skin feels fantastic and soft. The day after use my skin still retains this amazing softness and smoothness all over which has been amazing for helping to create an even canvas for my daily make-up application.

But don't just take my word for it, Sephora (the make-up Mecca) has a whole host of amazing reviews on this, and in a clinical trial over 97% of people said they noticed skin was left smoother, brighter and softer after just one use.


After using this for a few weeks (once weekly) my skin felt plumper and full, and combined with my regular use of the Supermud controlling my oils and breakouts, I've been really happy with the way my skin is reacting to the GlamGlow muds as a two part regime. I use the Supermud twice a week and the Youthmud once a week. However this is only because I already have both, you can get great results with individual products used alone.

Now I've tried the GlamGlow muds I can see why they've got the reputation that they have. Initially an industry secret that was used behind-the-scenes in Tinsel Town, it's availability and reputation isn't unfounded. People have gone mad for these masks, and it's easy to see why - one use really does leave lasting results that you can easily maintain with continued use. Yes, the muds are on the pricey side for face masks (£39 each), but I don't think of them as a face mask, more as another step in my skincare regime. And when they deliver it's easy to justify the cost. I now can't wait to try the Firming Treatment!

Will you be giving the GlamGlow muds a go, if so - which one?

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