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Glamglow Super Clearing Treatment Mud Mask: Look at the label

Posted Jun 02 2013 2:01am

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Glamglow Super Clearing Treatment Mud Mask is the 23rd best selling beauty product on Amazon.com this week. (How random is that!)

Water
It takes water to make mud.

Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
It also takes dirt to make mud. Or at least clay which is what these two materials are.

Sodium Hydroxide
Used to raise the pH.

Eucalyptus Globulus
An essential oil.

Mandelic Acid
An alpha hydroxy acid that supposedly helps reduce skin pigmentation.

Charcoal
Charcoal is known for its ability to absorb toxins in the digestive system but it really doesn’t do much went applied to skin.

Parfum [Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool]
Some not sure why this product would need a fragrance when it contains natural oils that could cover the holder of the clay.

Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Salicylic Acid
These are the alpha and beta hydroxy acids that could, at least in the theory, help clear up your skin. Based on their position in the ingredient list (it’s hard to tell since the company doesn’t disclose their actual concentration) it seems doubtful that there’s really very much of these acids in the formula. Typically a beta hydroxy acid like salicylic acid would be used somewhere around 3%.

Xanthan Gum
A thickening agent that helps hold the muddy mixture together.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Aloe can help soothe skin when left on but won’t do much in a product that’s rinsed away like this mask.

Maltodextrin
A bulking agent. Has no function on skin.

Iron Oxides
Mineral-based colorants which allows them to claim “no synthetic dyes.”

Peppermint Oil
Another essential oil that could do a fine job of scenting the product.

Butylene Glycol
Typically used as a viscosity modifier to thin out the product in case it gets too thick.

Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract
This is a licorice extract that supposedly has skin soothing properties. Again it wouldn’t be expected to do much when rinsed away.

Glycerin
Probably added to prevent the mud mixture from drying out.

Chamoilla Recutita Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Staves Fruit Extract, Hendera Helix Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract
A mixture of natural extracts that don’t really do anything for skin.

Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
And unusual blend of preservatives that seems to be a bit overkill. In fact some of the higher parabens like butyl and isobutyl are not used in cosmetics much anymore.

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