I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
You know those detergent commercials where kids come running home with dirt all over their face and, well, everywhere else? I was never one of those kids. I enjoyed being clean.
I’ve never tried putting mud on my face. I know it’s supposed to be good for you and all, but as someone who’s particularly dirt-phobic, I’m not so fond of the idea.
The founders of GLAMGLOW came to town recently. They had just launched the brand in Singapore, and they had local media attend a session with the founders, Shannon and Glenn Dellimore. I’ll be honest: I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes at the press presentation every three seconds. They started the event by saying, “So one day we were sitting around in our home in the Hollywood Hills talking to our friend, Keanu Reeves. You know Keanu Reeves, right?”
The entire press presentation felt like a name-dropping exercise. With an advertising and events background, it is plausible that they do have a plethora of celebrity friends, but seriously, there was more talk about Beyonce and Miley Cyrus being fans of the product than actual product information. Honestly, all I wanted to do when I came home with the products was prove that they didn’t work.
I tried their original star product, the YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment. Designed as a 10-minute anti-aging facial in a jar, the mud base is apparently from the South of France Mediterranean Sea and has ingredients like green tea leaves, volcanic pumice rock, cucumber, lavender and other bits and pieces that are known to be good for the skin.
The masks I use are either single-serving or my Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque, so no matter what it promises, when you mention “mud” in a product, I still get a little bit iffy about it.
Yes, I can eat a tarantula without even wanting to retch, but I get grossed out by slathering mud on my face.
But I did it.
The mask feels cool when applied, and it starts tingling almost immediately. As the mask dries, you will notice that the mask actually draws impurities from my skin.
After 10 minutes, you wash the mask off your face but make sure you rub your face in tiny circles to use the tea leaves and the pumice in the mask to exfoliate.
What I’m left with is incredibly cleansed and clear skin. As much as I was determined to hate the product, I ended up loving it.
Do you use a mud mask? Have you ended up loving a product you wanted to hate?