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).
Claims: This mud mask leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing. It activates moisturizing collagen synthesis, provides 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.
Water, Montmorillonite, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyethylene, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavender) Oil, Glycerin, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.
Created by the husband-and-wife team of Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, the Hollywood, California-based GlamGlow line consists of two masks. Their marketing claims may have you thinking these masks are revolutionary skin-care treatments but they are not—not even slightly. GlamGlow also claims their masks are sought out by actors and celebrities for their ability to "tighten skin and shrink pores". The celebrity allure is a good one, as most of us want to know what the stars use to get or stay gorgeous, but celebrity cache alone isn't a great reason to try any product. A lot of celebrities do things that aren't good for them, like smoke, tan, or drink too much, and they make skin care and cosmetic surgery mistakes too.
But back to the masks. Both GlamGlow masks contain fragrant essential oils, irritating plant extracts and ordinary clays (despite being named "French clay", in the world of skin-care formulation, clay is just clay and being from France is as special as a French fry is to a potato).
The reality behind the ingredients used in the GlamGlow line is much less interesting than the story would lead you to believe. Aside from the mix of clay and fragrance, their "hero ingredient" is the trade-named ingredient called "Teoxi", which is just green-tea extract. While green-tea extract is an excellent antioxidant, isn’t capable of the the skin perfecting, Benjamin Button-age-reversing results promised. As the body's largest organ, your skin is far too complex to have its anti-aging needs met by one antioxidant, however good it may be. But even if green-tea extract were as amazing as GlamGlow asserts, it won’t remain stable in the jar packaging the company chose for their masks.
Aside from "Teoxi", GlamGlow uses trade names instead of using the actual ingredient name in their marketing claims, on both the box and their website. You may think "Teoxi" sounds impressive, but you're only getting standard ingredients—their use of trade names simply makes the formula seem more intriguing than it really is. For example, their "Bio-Life-Cell-Science" technology claims to be an "Advanced Scientific Skincare" blend, but in reality it's just a mix of eucalyptus, peppermint, comfrey, ivy, marigold and other standard plant extracts. It would take some advanced scientific Photoshopping to get anti-wrinkle/anti-blemish results from this cast of ordinary problematic ingredients!
If you're interested in a clay mask for absorbing excess oil or helping clogged pores, there are many alternatives which easily best GlamGlow for a fraction of the cost. There is nothing unique about the three masks this line sells (we only reviewed two, because the third is a limited-edition mask that’s only a slight variation on the brand's Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask).
GlamGlow also makes exfoliating claims, but these don't live up to their promise for reasons discussed in each mask's reviews. You are better off using a soft washcloth with your cleanser for physical exfoliation—you will get virtually identical results and save your skin the irritation (plus spare your bank account the wasted money). If brighter, more even-toned skin is your goal, consider any of the well-formulated AHA/BHA exfoliants recommended in the Best Products section.
In the end, despite lots of hype, GlamGlow is a disappointment that isn't worth the expense and puts your skin at risk of irritation. If only a fraction of the marketing efforts behind the brand were put into formulating their products, they might have ended up with products truly deserving of celebrity accolades!
For more information about GlamGlow, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.glamglowmud.com (there is no available phone number).