I would be really surprised if you have’t heard of GLAMGLOW and their amazing Youthmud by now. I had read so many fabulous reviews that I finally decided that I would splurge and try it for myself. After giving it a few tries, I must say, it really does live up to the hype. I am definitely impressed and will certainly be keeping this as a part of my weekly skincare routine.
GLAMGLOW was started in 2010 and originally handmade by the couple and given to celeb friends who wanted something that would make their skin instantly look better on camera. By 2011 though, it had gotten around Hollywood that this was an amazing product and a retailer asked to sell it. Luckily for all of us, this didn’t just stay some industry secret though because we can all enjoy the star treatment now, right in our own bathrooms.
This is a mud mask but it does so much more than the standard mud mask, really. I also noticed right away that the texture isn’t nearly as thick as the usual mud masks that I use. Everyone talks about how this is like a 10 minute facial in a jar, or a professional (read: expensive) facial at home. And GLAMGLOW say that it delivers both instant and cumulative results and leaves your complexion revived and glowing for 3 days after each application. To be honest, whenever something is raved about like this and talked about like it is a miracle in a jar, I usually tune out but I actually decided to try this (on the off chance that it really was so great). However, I fully expected to hardly notice a difference in my skin, but I was pleasantly surprised, or maybe amazed is more accurate, to end up with really great looking skin for the following three or four days.
Here’s a list of all of the great things you can expect from this miracle mud:
- Skin Collagen Synthesis for a noticeable 3 day glow.
- Brighter, radiant skin in minutes.
- Leaves skin noticeably soft and smooth.
- Multi-level resurfacing exfoliation.
- Penetrates into the deepest layers of the skin to soften fine lines and wrinkles.
- Tightens, tones and lifts the skin.
- Relives dark circles and minimises pores.
- Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.
- Helps protect against everyday environmental aggressors.
- Suitable for all skin types, all ages and for both women and men.
- Contains no artificial colours, fragrances, or parabens.
- Cruelty-free, and suitable for vegans.
The secret behind the mud is the patent pending TEAOXI, which is GLAMGLOW’s proprietary continuous time-release technology, delivering daily fresh Super-Squalene, EGCG Super-Antioxidants & Polyphenols direct into the mud from the real pieces of tea leaf contained in the mask. TEAOXI is the ‘magic’ behind the anti-aging and anti wrinkle results. You can find out more about the ingredients at the GLAMGLOW website (UK version).
When you open the jar, the first thing you will probably notice is that it looks a bit like concrete in colour and has chunks of something black in it. The chunks of stuff are actually the black tea leaves that make it work so well, apparently. As I mentioned the texture is nowhere near as thick or stiff as most mud masks, which is good because that means that you don’t have to have so much waste, and at the price of this you really don’t want to waste a smidge of it. The smell is not offensive or overpowering, which is good since you’ll have to leave it on for 10 minutes or so while it dries. If it looks a bit clumpy or stiff you can stir it up a bit to liquefy it before you apply it.
To apply the mask, cleanse your face and then put a layer of this on the entire face (avoiding the eye area of course) that is enough to cover but not very thickly . The tingling feeling starts to kick in as the mask dries and feels nice and energising. When the mask fully dries, in 10 to 15 minutes, remove it with some warm water. The key to getting the best out of the exfoliating properties of the mask is to remove it with a gentle circular motion. I use my hands but you could just as easily use a wet cloth, just as long as you remember to rub it gently to remove it and exfoliate at the same time. They say you can use this twice per week, but I like to use it on Friday or Saturday so I have great looking skin all weekend long. I would definitely use it before any big parties or special occasions like that though.
This has won all kinds of beauty awards in the last few years and is on all of the hot product lists too. Once you try it, you can definitely understand all of the adulation and attention. After I use this, my skin looks brighter or more radiant, with an almost indescribable improvement that just looks like fantastic skin. I can definitely tell a difference in the texture of my skin too because it seems smoother and pores seem smaller. My skin is soft and feels great, and is not at all dry. I can see why anyone in front of the camera would be over the moon for this. I will definitely buy this again and might even get a small size so that I can take it with me when we go on holiday. If you’re on the fence about spending this kind of cash for a mask, I would definitely suggest you buy one of the Try Before You Buy kits to see how it works for you and judge for yourself if the results you see make the price worth it.
If you are in the UK, you can find the GLAMGLOW Youthmud mask at FeelUnique.com for £39.99 for a 50 gram/1.7 fluid ounce jar. It might seem shockingly pricey but the difference in your skin is certainly noticeable and worth the splurge. You can also buy it at Amazon UK for £34.95. Or, you can buy it direct from GLAMGLOW UK for £49.99 (but why would you want to pay more for it there). What you can find at the GLAMGLOW UK website that you can’t find anywhere else (at least not that I’ve found) is a Try Before You Buy kit for £13.00 that includes 2 individual YOUTHMUD treatments, 2 individual SUPERMUD treatments and 2 BRIGHTMUD ChromeCells. It’s one nice little kit that will allow you to try all of their products, or is perfect for taking on your next holiday.
If you are in the US, you can find buy it direct from GLAMGLOW through their website for $69.00 for the same 50 gram/1.7 fluid ounce jar. Or, you can buy it for the more reasonable price of $41.00 at Amazon US. Tt the GLAMGLOW US website you can also buy the Try Before You Buy kit for $11.99 that includes 2 individual YOUTHMUD treatments, 2 individual SUPERMUD treatments and 2 BRIGHTMUD ChromeCells.
If you’re on the fence about spending this kind of cash for a mask, I would definitely suggest you buy one of the Try Before You Buy kits to see how it works for you and judge for yourself if the results you see make the price worth it. For myself, I think it is worth it because I know that I won’t be using it all the time and it will last for a while. Plus, the results are really impressive and made my skin look amazing, even if it was only for 3 days. I think of this as how my face might look, if I were very lucky, after a really good and expensive facial at a salon, but the price for the Youthmud and the convenience of doing it at home, is way less than even one salon visit.