Review: Glamglow Face Mask
Most homes are air-conditioned nowadays, and our offices and workplaces usually are as well. Although this makes for more comfortable living and working environments, it also means that our skin, particularly on our faces, need just a little more care. We looked at the Glamglow Face Mask to see how well they stood up to the challenge.
What Should You Look for in a Face Mask?
Face masks achieve the best results if they are used in conjunction with a good daily skin care routine. Although it’s preferable to use skin care products from the same brand, it’s not always necessary, particularly with cleansers.
Face masks that contain butylene glycol, are particularly good for the skin as this chemical allows the skin to absorb more of the ingredients in the face mask. Your skin works naturally as a barrier against impurities in your surrounding environment, however, this also works against the absorption of environmental factors that we would like on our skin.
Your face mask should include exfoliants, topical antioxidants, and peptides. Exfoliants help to unclog pores and clean away any dead skin cells, so look for products that contain retinol, glycolic, or lactic.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals in our environment, due to pollutants in our air. It also increases the production of collagen in the skin which helps to firm and clear up any discoloration.
Peptides also help with collagen production, but also with creating hyaluronic acid. These ingredients help to keep your skin soft and smooth.
Who Makes Glamglow Face Masks?
Glamglow was founded by Glenn and Shannon Dellimore in 2010, after a conversation with some friend who were actors. One of the actors had made the comment that it was difficult to find skincare products that made them look instantly camera-ready. They wanted products that made their skin glow while reducing fine lines and refining pores.
Glenn and Shannon began experimenting and after trying out samples on their actor friends, they created skincare products specifically for professional use in the entertainment, fashion, and music industries.
In 2011, Glamglow products were made available to the general public and are now in over 6,500 retail stores in 86 countries worldwide.
Glamglow has a wide range of face masks available and they’re all attractively packaged in bright, colorful containers. We compare some of the products below.
[amazon link=”B00ISEOY20″ title=”Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment” /]
What the reviews say: Many reviewers were using this as a daily moisturizer or were leaving it on overnight, even though the directions of use state that you should use only 2-3 times a week and should rinse off after 10 to 20 minutes. The only criticism we could find about this product was that the package was too small, and people wanted more of it.
[amazon link=”B07DYGWJCW” title=”Instamud 60-second Pore-refining Treatment” /]
What the reviews say: This is a foaming treatment mask that you smoothly layer on your skin, without rubbing, leave for 60 seconds and then rinse off. It’s recommended for use 2 to 3 times per week. People love this product and many reviewers mentioned how much fun it is to use as bubbles form while the product is on your skin. The fact that it only takes one minute to produce visible results was another point in its favor.
[amazon link=”B01CZ2TXWQ” title=”Glamglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment ” /]
What the reviews say: The perfect size for travelling, the supermud glam to glow is applied to the face, left on for 5 to 20 minutes then rinsed off, for up to 3 times per week. The reviews for this product were mixed with some people declaring it was the best face mask they’d ever used and one person claiming she was admitted to the ER because of it. The best course of action is to try a little of this first to see if your skin is going to react well to it and not make you break out.One of the reviewers who loved the product added that it made her skin break out for the first two weeks of use, but once it cleared up, she had no further problems with it.
[amazon link=”B075RH9YDZ” title=”Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask” /]
What the reviews say: There’s just one application with this product size and it was created to be used once a week. It’s a bamboo charcoal-infused sheet mask that oxygenates on the skin and produces tingling bubbles.The directions state to unfold the mask and apply it to a damp face, making sure to line up the holes for the eyes and mouth. Leave for 3 minutes and then gently remove the mask. Some bubbles will remain on the skin so gently massage those in for a few minutes and then rinse off. This is another popular product with reviewers with most people mentioning how nice it smells and the fun feeling of bubbles massaging the skin.
[amazon link=”B0131LY5V4″ title=”Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment ” /]
What the reviews say: Glamglow advise that you apply this product daily for three days in a row and then up to 3 times per week after that. They also advise that you use sunscreen and limit your time out in the sun for the first week and after use. Flashmud is applied to a dry face and massaged in circles for a few minutes of exfoliation. Wait 20 minutes and rinse off with water. The mask will turn semi-transparent, so you will be able to see it working.Reviewers love this product with one stating that it has made her acne scars almost invisible. Although some reviewers mentioned that it was expensive they also added that they intended to buy it again.
[amazon link=”B07CWH4Q3V” title=”Glittermask Gravitymud Firming Treatment ” /]
What the reviews say: This glittermask has received mixed reviews with some people who loved it, but with other people who hated it. It’s not a product for sensitive skin as it made some reviewers break out and the glitter was problematic as it tended to stick to the skin once the mask dried out. The glittermask is applied to the face, left for 20 to 30 minutes and then rinsed off. The applicator brush should be cleaned immediately after use.
[amazon link=”B015869FM4″ title=”Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment” /]
What the reviews say: This is a cleanser and mask all rolled into one. The directions for use state to apply a thin layer to your face and leave for 10 minutes. Once dry, apply a small amount of water and the powermud will become sudsy and can be used as a cleanser. Apply up to twice a week.Most of the reviews for this product were positive with just two being negative. One of those was from someone who was disappointed that the powermud they received was not as good as the sample they had received before.
[amazon link=”B06X3TSSS2″ title=”Dreamduo Overnight Transforming Treatment” /]
What the reviews say: The Dreamduo consists of Dreamserum and Dreamseal, both in the same small tub. The Dreamserum is applied to the face, left to absorb for 30 seconds and then rinsed off. Repeat the process with the Dreamseal.We could not find a negative review for this product. All the reviewers loved it and only two did not mention how lovely it smelt. They were also impressed with the results they got from using it and one mentioned that it had made her acne scars far less visible.
Which is the Best Glamglow Face Mask?
There’s no doubt that Glamglow is a high-quality brand with a wide range of products to suit most skin types. Their website states that their product safety review process involves consultation with experts in environmental chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, engineering and manufacturing.
They add that their products are not tested on animals but are tested on human volunteers. Their testing is conducted to look for irritants and allergens, however, not all people are the same. It is nearly impossible to test for every eventuality no matter how rigorous your process is.
Glamglow often sends out samples of products to new customers so that allows you to try before you buy, and you should be careful with any new product you put on your face.
Glamglow seems to have mastered the art of making similar products that each have their own distinct purposes and therefore produce vastly different results. If you’re new to the brand, purchasing the Instamud 60-second pore-refining treatment is probably a good choice. If your skin is going to react to it, the product is not on your face long enough to cause you too many problems.
Another product that may be a good place to start is the Multimasking Mask Treatment Set. At a cost of $39.00 this contains four different masks in four 10mg tubes. The masks are Flirty glow, Pre-party glow, Hollywood glow, and Rescue glow. These are a great size for traveling and an easy way to try different products without having to pay for full-size products until you’re sure they suit your skin type.
The multimasking set also comes with a 20mg tube of supermud and doesn’t contain sulfate, paraben, or phthalate.
How Do Glamglow Face Masks Compare with Other’s on the market?
Although many reviewers made comments that the Glamglow Face Masks were expensive, their prices are on par with many other brands with similar reputations. The brightly colored packaging appeals to young people who may not be used to spending a lot of money on their skin care.
Most reviews of Glamglow products were glowing (please excuse the pun) and we found very few that were not complimentary. This is rarely the case when reviewing skin care and cosmetics. Thought the negative reviews were not many, the negativity was about skin breakouts and burning sensations from the products which give the impression that if your skin is going to react to Glamglow Face Masks , it will react severely.
Glamglow’s products are good and deliver on all their promises but it might pay to keep in mind that the brand was created for actors. They often have to wear harsh makeup, particularly if on the stage, so their skin may need a hardier product that can hold its own under harsh lights.