For me, doing a face mask is a fun and easy way to relax and wind back from life. I recently picked up Glamglow’s Supermud Activated Charcoal Treatment - and I must say I’m in love!
According to the Sephora Canada website, Glamglow claims that this mask addresses “common skin concerns, which include blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The potent mud formula supports skin’s natural oil balance, while a proprietary blend of six acids (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, pyruvic acid, and tartaric acid) works to help minimize pores and create clearer skin. Activated-X charcoal lifts away dirt and other skin congestions, resulting in a refined, healthy-looking complexion.” I do find that the mask holds up to its claims. After using it, my skin feels fresh, clean and rejuvenated; I also see a noticeable difference in the brightness of my complexion.
I think that the ingredients in this mask are also noteworthy to mention. This mask is a clay-based, as the main ingredient is ‘kaolin.’ It contains various types of acids, such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid. According to Baran & Maibach (2017), kaolin produces “an astringent effect on the skin making,” thus, it is suited for oily-complected patients. “The astringent effect of the mask can be enhanced through the addition of other substances such as magnesium, zinc oxide, and salicylic acid” (Baran & Maibach, 2017). Having combination skin myself, I thought that this mask suited my skin VERY well! The ingredients in this mask are well planned and thought out, and are helpful for those with oily skin types. I use this mask sometimes just on my oily T-zone or as a spot treatment, as it is excellent at minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores.
As much as I love this mask, it certainly has its cons. For starters, it is quite expensive. I purchased the Standard Size (which costs $75 CAD). The mini size costs $30 and the value size costs $99. Also, since this is a very powerful mask, it may not be suited for sensitive or dry skin types. Personally, I do not have sensitive skin so this mask doesn’t bother me - however, it does have a tingly sensation when applied to the face, so it may be too harsh for some users. The mask contains different types of acids, so if you find that acids are too harsh from your skin, then this may not be the product for you.
Overall, I absolutely love this mask! Yes, it comes with quite a hefty price tag, but it my favourite product to splurge on and I see very noticeable results. I don’t think that you need to use such an expensive product to see results, but I love the feeling of this mask and will certainly be repurchasing it.
PS. The Skinny Confidential has an awesome podcast with the founders of Glamglow, who discuss how their brand kicked off; it was very entertaining so I encourage you all to check it out!
Baran, R., & Maibach, H. I. (Eds.). (2017). Textbook of cosmetic dermatology, 5th edition. Florida: CRC press.
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