Today is going to be an up close and personal tutorial on how I do my skincare! The spotlight product tonight is GlamGlow SuperMud! This is my Holy Grail face mask. It visibly sucks the impurities out of your skin, leaving you glowing and feeling deep cleaned! At a hefty $69 price tag, it’s definitely a luxury, but it’s very much worth it. You can purchase it using my affiliate link on Amazon, and usually find it for a bit less. I got mine for $49 and change last week! It was a steal!
First I’m starting with a clean face. No makeup and I’ve just washed with my Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. This is the only product to have ever received a 10/10 on my blog, so be sure to check out the review and give it a try! It retails for $28 for 5oz at Sephora, and you only need a small amount, so it will last you a while and is an investment I’d highly recommend!
I personally like applying masks with a brush. I feel I get a more even application and waste less product than using my fingers or a spatula. I use this. It’s just a large, flat brush with synthetic bristles. It picks up enough of the mask and is precise enough to get all over my face but doesn’t goop on product or leave anything untouched. It can really get into those nooks and crannies!
Be sure to stay away from your undereye area and avoid getting too close to your lips. I left my glasses on in this tutorial to show a good judgement of how far away to keep this from your eyes. Whether I go with or without them, I am always sure to stay around this distance to avoid any poor reactions. One thing I don’t like about GlamGlow is the silly names they give things. I’ve never been big on patented names for simple things, but I’ll let you know a little bit about each “super” ingredient.
First we have ACNECIDIC-6. It’s a six-acid blend of AHA and BHA acids that is designed to be perfectly balanced in order to declog and minimize pores, reduce pigmentation and scarring and calm down breakouts.
This is beneficial to me due to the fact that I do have a great deal of scarring on my face. I have a scar under my chin, on under my eye, on my forehead, some old acne scars (I’m a picker, shame on me) and piercing scars. While I haven’t seen a huge difference, the next day always seems to have a bit of a plumper appearance, smoothing them out and lightening them.
Next up is Activated-X Charcoal. Charcoal is in a lot of masks and is proven to help absorb substances up to 500 times its volume. So when you see all the little dots on the mask after a few minutes, that’s the charcoal drawing out the oils in your skin!
This is further promoted by the use of K17-Clay. This is what encapsulates the oil, leading to the rounded appearance on the mask, as you can see. It pulls out bacteria, excess sebum oils and toxins, trapping it within the mask and drawing it out like a vacuum.
And finally, TEAOXI. This is a blend of eucalyptus oil, linalool oil and flavonoids derived from the eucalyptus leaf. You’ll see actual pieces of the leaves on your mask, so don’t freak out if you see strange little chunks, that’s normal.
You can leave this mask on for 5-20 minutes. I usually do a full mask once a week and then use it for a spot treatment otherwise. When doing a spot treatment, I just apply a tiny dot to my problem areas and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Usually by morning, the blemish will have dried up and cleared away for the most part.
You can remove just using warm water, but I like to add oil to the mask first, making it easier to wash away. I take a few drops of Tarte Pure Maracuja oil and rub it between my hands, then pat it all over the mask. You’ll see it darkening up, and almost dissolving in spots.
Then I just take a warm, wet washcloth and gently wipe away the rest of the mask. After this, I’ll take a different wet washcloth, with cold water this time, and hold it over my face to promote closing my pores. This may or may not do anything, but it makes me feel refreshed and I like it.
You can see the difference in my skin is noticeable, though not dramatic. I usually find that it looks best the morning after using the GlamGlow. However, the blackheads that were on my nose have been sucked right out, as well as calming the blemishes on my cheeks. My skin has been suffering for nearly a month now due to using a bad product. It’s been rough, as I normally have nice skin, but it’s slowly getting back to normal with the help of some nice products.
My skin usually feels a bit tight after using the GlamGlow SuperMud, so I’ll take a few drops of the same Maracuja oil that I used to remove the mask, and pat it gently into my skin. I never rub facial oils, this won’t allow it to absorb properly. Rub it all over your palms and fingers, then tap, tap, tap until it feels like it’s soaked in. You don’t ever want to feel greasy after doing this or you’ve used too much! If I’m using my oil after getting out of the shower and I have wet hair, I’ll rub my hands through my hair for a shine boost! Otherwise, I use the wet washcloth I had for rinsing my face and just wipe down my hands. Maracuja oil has anti-aging benefits, is high in vitamin C which makes your skin brighter, and contains essential fatty acids. EFAs create healthy skin cells that your body can’t make itself. Having an EFA deficiency can result in the breakdown of essential skin cells, making you look dry and adding to the look of lines and wear. Even people with oily skin can use face oils without fear. The reason your skin is creating excess oil is actually due to it being too dry! So it’s supplementing and creating too much. When you give your skin back a natural oil, it will cease it’s overproduction and help to restore your skin to a healthy balance. Maracuja oil also has anti-inflammatory properties which help people like me, who get red easily. I use Maracuja oil in the morning and at night, after cleansing.
Now it’s time for my serum. I’m using Ole Henriksen Truth Serum currently, but I switch up often. This product not only smells like amazing sweet oranges, but it also is rich in vitamin C to support natural collagen production, brighten, and minimize fine lines. It’s a top defense against environmental toxins and free radicals, protecting your skin and keeping it healthy. Truth Serum also includes green tea extract to further nurture your skin. I use Truth Serum twice a day after using my face oil.
Eye time! While I allow my serum to penetrate and absorb into my skin, I do my eye treatment. At night, I use Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel. It’s a clear, blue gel that feels great going on your eyes, absorbs fast and doesn’t leave you sticky. I’ve only recently switched over to this from my beloved Boscia, because my allergies were getting bad, and I needed a gel instead of a cream at night, to avoid migration into my eyes. While I haven’t seen a difference in the last week (which I wouldn’t expect to), it does feel nice and help me to wake up with less puffiness under my eyes. This gel contains calendula and cucumber to diminish fine lines and calm and cool the eye area. It also contains peptides infused with arginine to lift and contour.
My skin feels nice and dry and soft now, time for my night gel! I’m on a bit of an Ole Henriksen kick right now, and you can purchase all of these products at my affiliate link. There’s a great trio of three of my favorites for $22.50, which includes the Truth Serum, the Invigorating Night Gel and the Sheer Transformation Creme. The Invigorating Night Gel is a new product in my line up, and so far, I’m loving the results. It’s packed full of vitamins and minerals, has an AHA complex and algae extract which all work to leave me waking up with soft, refreshed skin every morning. I’ve noticed a huge difference in how bright and touchable my skin feels every morning! Due to the AHA in it, this can tingle a bit when you put it on, but even with my sensitive skin, it doesn’t bother me.
Another newcomer to my lineup is the HAVVN Night Cream. I received a deluxe sample of this in my Birchbox this month, and it’s really quite soothing. It contains a mix of various oils and plant extracts, including Lavender, Rosemary Leaf, Elderberry Fruit, Radish Root, Blackseed Oil and Jojoba Seed oil. It has a nice, spicy scent to it, and paired with my Ole Henriksen Night Gel, I think it’s helping me to wake up every morning as soft and smooth as I could ever hope to be!
Finally is my moisturizer. If you’re really oily, you may want to skip a night time moisturizer if you’re already using a night cream as well, but I like to get my super moisture at night, and tone it down during the day. I feel like if your body repairs itself at night, give it all the help it needs! Tonight is the first time using this product, but I’m very excited to see the results. I received a jar of Caudalie Premier Cru La Creme Riche. I’m actually hoping I hate it because it retails for $158 for a full size jar. Upon opening, I found it to have a much different texture than most moisturizers. It’s almost like a body butter. You want to warm this up between your hands before applying, and a little goes a long way. Oh, did I mention it smells like honey and made me swoon a bit? It contains Resveratrol, which you may have heard of, a powerful anti-wrinkle and skin firming ingredient. Viniferine, which helps to brighten skin and lighten pigmentation. Grape Seed Polyphenols for antioxidant power. Vinolevure to moisturize and protect. And there are so many, many more wonderful ingredients. Jojoba, grapevine shoot extract, apricot kernel oil, the list goes on! It’s very, very rich and luxurious, and it absorbs quickly into the skin, feeling amazing.
And there you go! That’s my full take on how I do my night time skin care routine! Would you like to see my morning routine as well? What are your favorite products? How do you feel about luxury skin care items?
And as always, thank you for reading!