TROPICALCLEANSE Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
GLAMGLOW’S TROPICALCLEANSE Daily Exfoliating Cleanser claims to “gently polish the skin,” but we’d advise against adding this to your routine due to the irritant-laden formula.
From the instant that this cleanser is squeezed out of its tube, you’ll notice the scent stemming from several fragrance-based ingredients (including lavender and citrus extracts) that are known to sensitize skin. Although we’re less concerned about fragrance in a rinse-off product due to the limited amount of time it’s in contact with skin, fragrance free is still the safer way to go.
TROPICALCLEANSE Daily Exfoliating Cleanser’s scrub particles are the bigger issue. GLAMGLOW claims the skin-polishing action comes from pomegranate seeds, but there are also other abrasive agents hidden in the formula, including diatomaceous earth (fossilized remains of diatoms, which are small organisms found in waterways). Their jagged, abrasive texture risks damaging skin’s barrier by causing micro-tears that make skin more sensitive; not to mention, this a less effective form of exfoliation compared to today’s best chemical (AHA and BHA) leave-on exfoliants.
Problems aside, the purple-hued clay cleansing formula works best for oily/combination skin and does a good job of whisking away oil and surface debris, but if polished skin if what you’re after, we strongly suggest looking to these gentler face scrubs.
- Whisks away oil and surface debris.
- Contains abrasive scrub particles that risk damaging skin’s barrier.
- Not as effective as today’s best exfoliants.
- Fragrant formula compounds the potential irritation issues.
A super-fruit-powered, exfoliating cleanser to gently polish the skin and remove impurities for a renewed glow and instant radiance.
Created by the husband-and-wife team of Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, the Hollywood, California-based GLAMGLOW line consists of several masks and cleansers. Their marketing claims may have you thinking these masks are revolutionary skin-care treatments but they are notnot even slightly. GLAMGLOW also claims their masks are sought out by actors and celebrities for their ability to "tighten skin and shrink pores". The celebrity allure is a good one, as most of us want to know what the stars use to get or stay gorgeous, but celebrity cache alone isn't a great reason to try any product. A lot of celebrities do things that aren't good for them, like smoke, tan, or drink too much, and they make skin care and cosmetic surgery mistakes too.
But back to the masks. The GLAMGLOW masks contain fragrant essential oils, irritating plant extracts and ordinary clays (despite being named "French clay", in the world of skin-care formulation, clay is just clay and being from France is as special as a French fry is to a potato).
The reality behind the ingredients used in the GLAMGLOW line is much less interesting than the story would lead you to believe. Aside from the mix of clay and fragrance, their "hero ingredient" is the trade-named ingredient called "Teoxi", which is just green-tea extract. While green-tea extract is an excellent antioxidant, isnt capable of the the skin perfecting, Benjamin Button-age-reversing results promised. As the body's largest organ, your skin is far too complex to have its anti-aging needs met by one antioxidant, however good it may be. But even if green-tea extract were as amazing as GLAMGLOW asserts, it wont remain stable in the jar packaging the company chose for their masks.
Aside from "Teoxi", GLAMGLOW uses trade names instead of using the actual ingredient name in their marketing claims, on both the box and their website. You may think "Teoxi" sounds impressive, but you're only getting standard ingredientstheir use of trade names simply makes the formula seem more intriguing than it really is. For example, their "Bio-Life-Cell-Science" technology claims to be an "Advanced Scientific Skincare" blend, but in reality it's just a mix of eucalyptus, peppermint, comfrey, ivy, marigold and other standard plant extracts. It would take some advanced scientific Photoshopping to get anti-wrinkle/anti-blemish results from this cast of ordinary problematic ingredients!
If you're interested in a clay mask for absorbing excess oil or helping clogged pores, there are many alternatives which easily beat GLAMGLOW for a fraction of the cost. There is nothing unique about the masks this line sells.
GLAMGLOW also makes exfoliating claims, but these don't live up to their promise for reasons discussed in each mask's reviews. You are better off using a soft washcloth with your cleanser for physical exfoliationyou will get virtually identical results and save your skin the irritation (plus spare your bank account the wasted money). If brighter, more even-toned skin is your goal, consider any of the well-formulated AHA/BHA exfoliants recommended in the Best Products section.
In the end, despite lots of hype, GLAMGLOW is a disappointment that isn't worth the expense and puts your skin at risk of irritation. If only a fraction of the marketing efforts behind the brand were put into formulating their products, they might have ended up with products truly deserving of celebrity accolades!
For more information about GLAMGLOW, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.glamglowmud.com (there is no available phone number).
Note: As of January 2015, GLAMGLOW has been acquired by Estee Lauder.
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.