Everybody and their mother goes on about the Glamglow Mud Masks on YT. Speaking of mothers, I hope you all had a fantastic Mother’s Day! I spent the weekend gorging on food with my family (and tried my hand at zucchini pasts for the first time – I might write about that later)!
Anyways, back to Glamglow – who the hell’s got that kind of money for a mask of that price anyways?
I’d rather spend my money on travel, to be honest. Therefore, I was pretty pleased when I came across (what I perceive to be) a very good alternative whilst browsing the Real Canadian Superstore!
The Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask by Missha is simply amazing. It does have a learning curve, but once you figure it out, it’s grand. I only put it on my t-zone, because only the inner portion of my face gets oily, or dull etc. The box recommends keeping the mask on for 10-15 minutes, however I’ve never been that good at listening to the rules or following instructions. I basically do whatever the hell I want (aka, keep it on for an hour or more).
Price: CAD 14.00 (approximately)
The Claims: “absorb sebum + purify pores + remove dead skin cells + tighten pores”
This mask contains a number of gentle plant extracts (antioxidants), along with kaolin – a soft, white, mineral clay (absorb sebum), bentonite – a clay derived from volcanic ash that constricts the skin as it dries, squeezing excess oil and sebum from the pores in the process (antibacterial) and Moroccan lava clay – also known as ghassoul, or rhassoul clay. It is high in silica, extremely absorbant and possesses skin-softening properties. Lastly this mask contains charcoal powder which is highly absorbant.
On the (somewhat) negative side, the this mask contains cetearyl alcohol, which some people are sensitive to in larger quantities. Cetearyl alcohol ranks a 4/5 as a potential acne trigger on COSDNA, and a 3/5 as a potential irritant. Additional potential acne trigger include palmitic acid and stearic acid, which both score 2/5 as potential acne triggers.
I usually keep it on for an hour or two and then wash it off and cleanse my face, and oh my goodness, the results are impressive. This might be gross, but it actually causes the dead, dull skin on my face to ball up so that I can slough it off with a washcloth and warm water. It’s not a miracle worker – it doesn’t get rid of acne or anything like that (on me), but it definitely cleans up the skin and leaves it baby soft. Used in moderation – maybe once (max twice) a week – I don’t think it strips the skin. Any more often than that and it might. Try it out and let me know what you think!
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This mask can be purchased at Real Canadian Superstores that have a KBeauty section or online at Amazon.