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GLAMGLOW

VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 54.00
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Can a moisturizer be matte and leave skin glowing? Aren't those traits opposite? They are indeed, but in the case of GLAMGLOW's VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer, you get a product that feels matte once it sets, and looks radiant thanks to the subtle, non-shimmer glow it leaves behind. It's an interesting option for normal to combination skin (though the amount of ceresin wax is risky for those prone to clogged pores and acne), but contrary to claim, this doesn't do it all and it's hard for us to pin down who would be happy with this kind of product.

This spackle-like cream is housed in a jar, which isn't good for keeping the plant-derived antioxidants it contains stable once opened (see More Info for details). Upon application, the texture morphs into a lightweight finish that doesn't feel greasy and in fact stands in nicely for foundation primer.

Despite those positives, the jar packaging mentioned above plus the amount of fragrance VOLCASMIC contains puts skin at risk of irritation. You might be drawn to the vanilla-cream scent which actually isn't a skin irritant, but the other fragrant additives it contains like limonene won't make your skin happy. See More Info to learn why highly fragrant products aren't doing your skin any favors.

You might be wondering as we were if the volcanic sand ingredient feels abrasive on skin (after all, it is sand). Good news: It doesn't feel the least bit abrasive and is most likely used in this moisturizer for its absorbent properties like clay. Unfortunately, that's not enough to make this a must-have moisturizer. The esthetics are interesting, but your skin deserves more than what this (and its packaging) can provide. See our list of Best Moisturizers for superior options.

Pros:
  • Spackle-like texture morphs into a lightweight, texture-enhancing finish.
  • Dries to a silky-feeling matte finish imbued with a subtle glow.
  • Works well under makeup, no primer necessary.
Cons:
  • Amount of wax can pose a risk of clogging pores.
  • Strong scent poses a risk of irritating skin.
  • Jar packaging won't help the antioxidants remain stable once opened.
More Info:Jar Packaging: This anti-aging formula is packaged in a jar, which means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable for long once it's opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients are air-sensitive and begin to break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective.

Jars are also unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product. This leads to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for addressing visible signs of aging among many other concerns need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging.

References for this information:

Pharmacology Review, July 2013, issue 14, pages 97-106

Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, issue 3, pages 252-259.

Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, issue 9, pages 4676-4683

Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, issue 6, pages 640-660

Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82-88

Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832

International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 11, pages 789-798

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, issue 4, pages 191-202

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Our first of its kind matte glow mega moisturizer that does it all! Transforms skin with nourishment & deep moisture for a supple matte glow.

WaterAquaEau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceresin, Glycerin, Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Propanediol, Volcanic Sand, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Daphne Odora Callus Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Callus Culture Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Silica, Sorbitan Olivate, Panthenol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Citral, Linalool, Limonene, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

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 info@glamglowmud.com or visit www.glamglowmud.com (there is no available phone number).

Note: As of January 2015, GLAMGLOW has been acquired by Estee Lauder.

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