Tested on animals:Yes
Beauty magazines have hyped the GlamGlow brand as the new “backstage secret” of Hollywood’s elite entertainment industry. Unfortunately, the hype for their Tingling & Exfolating Mud Mask is far better than the product deserves and it is best kept backstage instead of front and center.
The label reveals a small cast of unexciting ingredients that aren’t the least bit exceptional, and is more an array of irritants such as, comfrey extract, ivy, lavender oil, and added fragrance that spell trouble for oily, blemish-prone skin (see More Info for additional details). This celebrity skin-care “secret” absolute isn’t worthy of its Hollywood Blockbuster price, nor is it a secret worth sharing!
Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask is primarily a mix of the oil-absorbing ingredients bentonite clay (listed as montmorillonite) and silica (listed as magnesium aluminum silicate). Polyethylene beads provide physical exfoliation as you massage this over skin prior to rinsing. GlamGlow added their trade-named ingredient “Teaoxi”, which they say works by, “delivering daily fresh Super-Squalene, EGCG Super-Antioxidants & Polyphenols” to skin. These claims are as real as the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were real, and we will explain why.
Teaoxi is merely a trade name used for the green-tea extract in GlamGlow’s mask, but it’s ordinary green tea extract. By the way, green-tea extract isn’t a source of squalane and while green tea does contain EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) and polyphenols, both of which have anti-aging and free radical fighting benefits, it is hardly the only beneficial antioxidant to consider for skin. Regardless, even if green tea were the best antioxidant it wouldn’t stay stable in this formula because of this mask’s jar packaging not to mention the constant introduction of bacteria by dipping your fingers into the mask (even if you wash your hands before each use). See More Info for details on the problems jar packaging presents.
GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask has far too many flaws to recommend. At best, you’ll get some degree of oil-absorption from the clay (a benefit easily duplicated in many similar formulas). At worst, the combination of plant extracts and fragrance may exacerbate oily skin and acne (which can lead to enlarged pores). In general, tingling is absolutely not a good sign from a skin-care product—make no mistake, this mask doesn’t just tingle due to its combo of essential oils and extracts, it can actually hurt. When did this become a desirable or even necessary part of a skin-care treatment?
The light physical exfoliation offered by the polyethylene beads can’t treat concerns like sun damage or acne, as manual scrubs can only work at the most superficial layers of skin and are unable to penetrate to reach the pore. Due to the significant flaws of this mask (not to mention its price tag), there is no reason to consider it on the merits of its physical exfoliation alone. If brighter, more even-toned skin is your goal, consider any of the well-formulated AHA/BHA exfoliants recommended in the Best Products section.
Note: For unknown reasons, the company website calls this product, “Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment”, even though the name on the jar and box read “Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask.
- Contains a few beneficial antioxidants and anti-irritants.
- Contains ingredients to absorb excess oil that can leave skin smoother.
- Contains numerous ingredients known to cause irritation, which can exacerbate oily skin and breakouts.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the few beneficial ingredients stable.
- Expensive for what you get.
Irritating Ingredients: Applying irritating ingredients to oily skin stimulates excess oil production at the base of the pores, so your skin ends up becoming oilier and your pores become (or stay) enlarged. Treating oily skin gently with effective products designed to absorb excess oil, exfoliate inside the pore, and help normalize pore function is the best approach to see improvements.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyethylene beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).
Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyethylene beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).
Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.