A few months back I was really unhappy with the state of my skin and decided to take charge of my skin care routine. Since then I discovered face masks as a great addition to my beauty rituals. I like to use face mask when I’m in the mood for a bit of pampering. Combined with a good book and a hot cup of tea they make for a very relaxing experience.
At $69 for 1.7 oz the Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment falls in the high-end range of face masks. Considering the hefty price tag I was excited to see a deluxe sample available as a bonus point perk for Sephora Beauty Insiders and added it to my last Sephora order.
“This mud mask leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing. It works with the body’s natural moisturizing collagen to provide gentle resurfacing exfoliation and helps to leave skin smoother, brighter, and softer. While providing tighter skin texture and tighter pores, it provides a more youthful appearance and absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.”
This past week I was finally able to try it out.
This mud mask is formulated with green tea leaf extract which gives it a nice green tea smell. It actually contains real pieces of tea leaves which at first really threw me off. I thought that there was something wrong with the sample I received because it looked more like some pieces of plastic got into the product. Once I read up on it and figured out what it was it made sense. This seems to be one of those products that start with a great idea but are lacking in execution. Most of the tea leaf pieces are HUGE but they are few and far between. This makes me think that they don’t really do anything as they aren’t distributed evenly all over your skin. I would find the claims about it much more believable if the pieces were a lot smaller and evenly mixed into the mask. As it stand I think it’s more of a fun (or weird?) marketing gimmick.
Once I got over the green tea leaves, I applied the mask to my face. I didn’t really need to apply a very thick layer. However, the green tea leaves took up a lot of volume of the product which resulted in me probably using more than I thought I did.
The instructions say to leave the mask on for 10 minutes. During this time period I felt a cooling sensation. In addition my skin started to tingle as one can expect going by the name of the product. This wasn’t too unpleasant but a little painful around my nose area. Fortunately, that sensation went away after a few minutes and was replaced by a tightening feeling as the mud mask was drying.
After the 10 minutes I followed the instructions and removed the mask by adding water and applying a circular motion to my skin to exfoliate. The mask contains tiny pumice pieces to aid with that. The pumice crystals weren’t too rough on my skin but I could see how it might be too harsh for people with sensitive skin.
The results of this mask were ok. My skin felt soft but firm and I could tell that it helped with some of the blackheads on my nose. However, the results weren’t earth-shattering. I couldn’t tell a difference in the size of my pores on my cheeks (my problem area). Instead I developed some more blemishes over the next few days. Now, I’ve been experimenting with a few different makeup products so I don’t want to blame my skin’s reaction on this mask. On the other hand, I didn’t think that this mask really helped to fight my blemishes either. At this price tag I was expecting more but the overall result was just “Meh.” Nothing I couldn’t achieve with a cheaper product. I will be using up the rest of the mask but I don’t think that I will repurchase.
Have you tried the Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment? What did you think of it?