I love a good face mask. There’s a bit of mystery in masks. There’s prep-work, the process of slathering it on, and then the big reveal when you wash it off to (hopefully) reveal the beauty below. 

I’ve been using this mask for a few months now, after wanting to try it ever since GLAMGLOW took over the internet a few years back. I’m talking about the GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. As I’ve gotten older, my skin has definitely gone towards the dryer side (a combination of dry office & apartment air and a windy city), so anything that promises to quench and revitalize goes on my list immediately.

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The mask is a honey-brown color, and is the consistency of thick pudding. To me, it smells (AMAZING) like oatmeal raisin cookies, in a warm, subtle, and not-too-sweet way. The scent is a combination of apple, coconut, ginger, honey, and oat ingredients which in my opinion is just a delicious fall day in a little pot.

It applies pretty transparently, with small granules and little chunks of the ingredients showing through, so it unfortunately doesn’t give you the “I’ve got on a face mask” look, which I secretly love. The instructions advise an application lasting 10 to 20 minutes, but it also says it can be used overnight. Personally, I never like to leave anything colored on my skin overnight (I toss and turn like crazy and it would end up more on my pillow than my skin), but I do love that I can put this on when I start winding down and don’t have to worry about leaving it on too long. You can wipe off the excess and massage the leftover in, but I like to rinse the product off when I’m done and just apply my regular skincare afterwards.

This stuff is a real savior when it comes to dry skin. The large pot is around $70, while the small pot is around $20. I’ve had the small one for around 5 months now and I use the mask maybe once a week or every two weeks. One problem (which is pretty relevant for all masks), is that it comes in a pot which means that active ingredients will lose their potency once it’s opened. For this reason, I really don’t endorse paying a ton of money for pot-masks, since they really don’t last long. GLAMGLOW make all of their masks in the small, travel-size, so I recommend the smaller (read: cheaper) versions if you’re not going to use them every day.

I found that my dryness did improve when using this mask, and I love the scent and feel of it. A lot of the benefits do come from following up with a good moisturizer, but this is a great choice for those looking to plump up and rehydrate dry or combination skin. I don’t like to sleep with the mask all over my face, but I do leave it on overnight as a spot treatment for occasional dry patches. The somewhat grainy particles make it hard to use without rinsing, so if you’re looking for more of a cream treatment that will soak in, I’d recommend trying something smoother. Overall, this is a great mask for dry skin and the smell and hydrating power make it a favorite for me!

Have you tried the other GLAMGLOW masks and if so which is your fave? I’ve tried the SuperMud Clearing Treatment as well which I found a little drying but VERY effective!

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Miranda Feneberger

Miranda Feneberger

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