I am always looking for skincare products to add on to my normal routine that will help tackle my main skincare issues: uneven texture (those damned little bumps that aren’t quite acne, but aren’t smooth either) and residual hyper-pigmentation from cystic acne. I have combination skin that tends to get a bit oilier in my T-zone, and has a few scattered dry patches…and unfortunately I still occasionally get adult acne breakouts (though not too terribly with the regimen I’ve been using recently).
I also love face masks! Putting one on at the end of the day means a forced period of relaxation and self-care. There is also something about using them that just feels so luxurious. I have several masks that I use and enjoy (all for separate purposes), but I thought I would share one that has become my favorite of the bunch. I also thought I would share one that didn’t work for me, because I think that is an important part of being transparent and an honest reviewer.
As you can see from the photo, I have the wee little version of this mask, but it is EMPTY. This is a pretty incredible achievement for me, as I have quite a few products to work through.
I originally purchased this as a part of a set that had travel-sized versions of three Origins masks. While I did enjoy the other two in the collection, I did not find them to be *life changing* in the way that this mask was for me. It is a mud mask that goes on light pink and dries down quite well and so far has been one of the few masks that makes a measurable difference in both texture and clarity of the skin. Now, I am not claiming that this is going to fix long-standing icepick acne scarring…but for me, I see a difference in those little “bumps” that drive me nuts, as well as a good deep pore cleaning. I usually let the mask sit for forty minutes or so, and then I rinse with warm water. One think I love about this mask is that is has jojoba beads in it, so it gives you a lovely exfoliation as you rub it off that is effective, but gentle.
The mini-version got me six really good uses… I might have been able to stretch it had I applied the mask a bit thinner. The mini contained 1 oz, and the full size contains 3.4 oz for $26. I will definitely be repurchasing this now that I’m out. Highly, highly recommend!
And now for one that didn’t work so well for me— the Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment.
So this mask bragged about containing a bunch of the “trademarked” ingredients that I find to be hard to see past the marketing for (like “White Energy TM” and Teaoxi TM”), but also Vitamin C and Niacinamide…and those are wonderful for brightening skin and fading hyper pigmentation from acne scarring— exactly what I wanted to do! Additionally, these masks carry a lot of hype and people swear by them so I figured that it was worth a shot. However, because of the high price tag, I figured I would grab some samples first.
Allison, my favorite local Sephora JCP skincare expert hooked me up with a few packets so I could give it a try before making up my mind. So, I went home and applied the mask for the first time that night using a sample packet and found that it was strongly citrus scented, but otherwise went on nicely. The directions said to pre-exfoliate with it on dry skin, leave it on until it turned transparent, and then rinse off. I found the pre-exfoliation phase to be extremely harsh— something about the granules of whatever they chose to use as a physical exfoliant I found to be quite sharp. The next morning, I actually found very tiny little scabs on my face!
Now I don’t have super sensitive skin, and I am not one to ditch a product on the first try. So a week later (after the little mini-cuts had healed, I gave it another shot. The same thing happened— I think the physical exfoliants are just to sharp for me. I will say, where I didn’t have little scabs, my pores did look clean. As far as the brightening/lightening claims, I think you would have to use the product several times over a few weeks/months to track improvement so I am not saying that it isn’t effective in that sense.
Anyways, there are a ton of masks out there that are effective and don’t cut my face (and also aren’t over $60!) so I have to say this one isn’t my favorite. This is my first Glamgldw mask experience, has anyone had a better time with other ones?