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I was very excited to get my hands on this cleanser! It had gotten great reviews and a lot of people said how wonderful it was for clearing the skin. It claimed to purify, reduce skin imperfects over time and create a mattified complexion. It contains GLAMGLOWS signature TEAOXI Technology which is Eucalyptus Leaf Powder, exotic clays and charcoal all of which are usually great for problem skin. This all sounded good to me because I have combination skin that easily breaks out from pore clogging ingredients. Here is a complete list of the ingredients (which I wish I would have looked closer at before purchasing).
Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Nigella Sativa Seed Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Carbon (Bamboo Charcoal), Propanediol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Powder, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
I am sorry to say this was a highly disappointing product to me. The first time I used it I fell in love with the process. It pumps out like a super thick, minty smelling clay. The directions say to rub in on dry skin, wet your hands and work it into a foam. It’s quite a luxurious process I must say! After the first application I noticed zero difference in my skin which is fine but the next morning I woke up with a breakout. I thought that possibly it was “purging” my skin. The whole “it has to get worse before it can get better” thing. So I kept using it daily for 3 weeks straight. My mistake! I should have know after the first week to stop using it. My skin kept breaking out with each use. I never felt like it did any kind of deep cleansing or create a mattified appearance to my skin. I actually feel like this would be a great cleanser for people who have normal skin and are not prone to breakouts.
If you look again at the ingredients you will notice Linalool. Linalool is derived from plants and can be very irritating to the skin and pore clogging. It is usually an ingredient I avoid since I have sensitive skin.
My Quick Take: For my skin tipe it’s not worth the hype or the money-$39. Please avoid it if you have problem skin! I do think this would be a great cleanser for people who have normal skin and would like a little luxurious treat at the end of a long day.
I actually still love the GLAMGLOW line as a whole. I have tried the masks and absolutely love the Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask (the black one). I’m not going to avoid GLAMGLOW just because of this one incident. However, I will look at ingredients more carefully.
I took my bottle to Sephora and exchanged it for the YouthCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser. I will report back to you after I give it some time! Let’s hope it works better then this one!
Till next Time! Happy Cleansing!