What is it? This face mask was originally designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries. It uses French Sea Clay to gently eliminate dead, dull and uneven skin, whilst Volcanic Pumice Rock expertly dissolves pore-clogging impurities for a refined, revitalised complexion.” Green tea leaf pieces (TEAOXI technology) deliver EGCG super antioxidants, and polypenols directly into the mask. It does not contain Parabens, Sulphates or Phthalates
Who is it for? There are various Gamglow masks but this one is marketed as providing a more “youthful” appearance. It is suitable for normal, oily, combination and dry skin.
How do you use it? Apply a thin layer to a clean face, neck, and/or chest and leave for 10 minutes. Remove the mask with water in circular motions to exfoliate the skin. Use twice a week.
What’s the damage? I received the mask as a Christmas Present but I found it online for between £37 and £42
I used to be an avid face mask user but over the years they’ve fallen out of favour as I find them overpriced and not as effective as I would like. However, I need to get round to trying Sarah Chapman’s face masks which are supposed to be amazing, along with some of the Korean brands, but I need to do a bit more research on those. I’m also quite excited about the new Foreo mask system due for release later this year. Anyway, I digress, I received the Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate treatment mask as a present and I’ve used it a couple of times a week for the last 3 weeks.
A bit of background information first; Glamglow was founded by Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, who created the line exclusively for backstage use at large Hollywood industry projects and it immediately became a big celebrity favourite. In 2011 the brand was made available to “the public at large” and in 2016 it was bought out by Estee Lauder. This was my first use of the brand and I thought the packaging was lovely but I was surprised at how small the jar was in comparison to the box.
Reviews of this product often talk about the tingling effect which many people find uncomfortable but I have to say that I just don’t notice it. Maybe I put too thin a layer on or maybe I’ve used so many products that my skin is immune to it. The mask is easy to apply and it dries out fairly quickly. I leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash off carefully. If you want a really good exfoliating treatment then you could remove it with a bit more pressure than I use. I’m wary of too much exfoliation as my “mature” skin doesn’t take too kindly to it.
Do I look “camera ready” after the treatment? I do see a difference after using the mask, my skin looks healthier but I don’t look 10 years younger or anything and the effects don’t last for 3 days as it claims but maybe that’s because of my light exfoliation technique. I do however feel that the ingredients are providing positive treatments to my skin. I’ve only used it on a night or a weekend when I’m not going anywhere, but I imagine that if you do this prior to makeup it would provide a more even base, I need to give that a try. It is fairly expensive but I don’t use a lot so this will last quite a while.
I tried using the mask on Saturday morning before putting makeup on and heading out for lunch. It did provide an excellent base, my makeup went on really well and I did look a little more glowing! I would now say that the Youthmud mask is at it’s best as a prep for makeup and I am more impressed with it than I was originally.