Sunday, December 27, 2015

SKIN | GlamGlow Products - Is it worth the money?

I heard about GlamGlow from my cousin in China, who said the combination of SuperMud (white mask) and ThirstyMud (blue mask) helps flatten a pimple overnight. I've tried it several times and it doesn't heal the pimple overnight, just helps a little.
I figure if a product has passed international borders, it must be decent, so I gave it a try.

Listed from left to right

FlashMud Brightening Treatment orange ($69 for 1.7 oz / 50g)
20 minute exfoliating mask
My most recent purchase - it has fine exfoliating beads, has very pleasant fruity fragrance, makes my skin feel very smooth after washing. Whether or not it brightens a lot is not a change I see immediately on my skin, but it seems to help with acne scars. I like it a lot so far.

ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment blue ($69 for 1.7 oz / 50g) review here
Overnight treatment - can be used during the day if you wipe the excess off with tissue.
Smells like coconuts, I don't find it particularly amazing but it's good for parched skin.

SuperMud Clearing Treatment white ($69 for 1.2 oz / 34 g) review here
10-17 minute clay mask
Great to clear your pores, feels cooling on the skin, seems to help absorb oil from pores, helps with blackheads. It doesn't make my pores look especially clean sometimes, but I assume some of the black is from the mud.

SuperCleanse Daily Purifying Cleanser white ($39 for 5 oz / 150 ml)
Apply to a dry face, lather with water. The Sephora salesperson told me to leave it on for 30 seconds before adding water.
I tried a sample from Sephora before purchasing this. It has a cooling sensation, has a slight learning curve to lathering effectively, and seems to help with my acne. You're supposed to apply it on a "dry face" then lather, similar to a cleansing oil, but it doesn't seem to lather as well (or feel as clean) when my face is already oily (if I use it in the morning). 
I enjoy using it the most when I remove my makeup first, dry my face, then apply.

In conclusion
I think these products are worth sampling, but I would not have bought the full size had I not purchased them at a discount. I purchased ThirstyMud and SuperMud at Costco for about $40 each (no longer available in my area as of December 2015) as opposed to the $69 price tag at Sephora. The SuperCleanse and FlashMud were purchased because I received giftcards and Nordstrom notes. 
I enjoy using this line of products, but it's not holy grail for me. Once I finish the jars I probably won't repurchase.
If you had oily, combination or acne prone skin and don't mind spending money on these, I recommend the SuperMud (white mask) and FlashMud (orange). Definitely try a sample at Sephora before purchasing, considering the hefty price.

Skincare tip:
I went to the dermatologist (finally) a few weeks ago and have been taking antibiotics to kill acne causing bacteria. If I am successful I will definitely post before and after photos.
One thing to remember if you use these masks is to moisturize after. After over a decade of dealing with acne (teenage and adult cystic/hormonal acne), I've realized that simple is best. I've been using CeraVe cream (review here) as a moisturizer with a benzoyl peroxide treatment for acne spots, and Neosporin/healing balm for open acne spots I accidentally popped/broke. 
Your skin heals itself a lot overnight, so get your beauty sleep in.

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