- The Glamglow Instamud 60-Second Pore-Refining Mask claims to refine pores and even skin in a minute.
- It uses witch hazel, aloe vera, and bentonite and kaolin clay to do so.
- Insider producer Celia Skvaril tried it out.
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Following is transcript of the video.
Celia Skvaril: But I feel like it’s just continuously getting bigger. I feel like I’m wearing, like, SFX makeup. Today, I am trying the Glamglow Instamud 60-Second Pore-Refining Treatment Mask. It reminds me of those viral bubble masks from a few years ago. I actually never got to try one, so I think it looks super cool. The interesting thing about this mask is that along with the semi-usual claims of refining pores, it also claims to prep skin for makeup by smoothening it in 60 seconds.
I’m interested to see if this will make the application process smoother or if my skin will look better while wearing the makeup. “Smooth a generous layer onto dry, clean skin.” Check. “And do not rub in. Let sit, and the mask will transform into oxyenigating, oxeni, [error sound] oxygenating bubbles. Leave on for 60 seconds. Rinse with warm water. Follow with your regular, regular treatment routine.” I’m having problems speaking today. OK, easy enough. Let’s go for it. I wore a purple shirt, because it’s purple. OK. Whoa. OK. Here we go. I know you’re not supposed to rub it in, but I have to spread it out. How am I supposed to spread it out and not rub it in? Because it starts to bubble so quickly that I can’t even spread it in by the time I need to. Ooh! Can you hear me? I can hear it when I accidentally go over bubbles. I definitely feel it bubbling. It feels cool. You can probably hear it. [foam hisses] [foam fizzes] You can definitely hear that. Right? I guess we’ll see.
It’s really fizzy! It kind of stings a little bit, but it feels minty. Like, a little minty fresh. This is what your sleep-paralysis demon looks like in the corner of your room. Actually, if it looked like that, it’d be kind of cute. I wouldn’t be that scared of it. It’s been a minute, and you’re supposed to wash it off with warm water. Here we are right after, freshly washed. I look very glowy. Wow. My face also feels like, almost, like, minty fresh, in a good way, like I put mouthwash on my face. But in a good way. You know what I mean? I don’t know if you know what I mean, but it feels very nice. For sure. And it feels very soft. So overall, I’m pretty happy with this. I’m not sure I’m seeing a huge difference in the pore-refining department. Since it claims to prep your skin for makeup, I thought I should compare it to my normal makeup prep, which is just a cleanser and a glowy sunscreen. I honestly think that after using the Glamglow bubble mask, my skin looks pretty much the same as it does after I use my glowy sunscreen. So I can definitely see how it prepares your skin for makeup.
Dr. Karan Lal: To me, I actually do notice that the light reflects better in the pictures in which you’ve used the Instamud Glamglow mask. And so probably I think a lot of that is because the skin probably is drier and less shinier. And so, again, the makeup appears more even, right? So I do think that the claim is valid. So you can see that in the magnification after using the mask, the skin appears to be drier, which will allow for a more even application. I think the pore size actually to me looks pretty much the same. In addition, this specific mask, for example, is compounded with a bunch of clay, kaolin clay and bentonite. And these also help extract oils on the skin, albeit temporarily. So when you’re using these bubbling masks that have clay in it with an astringent like witch hazel, essentially what they’re doing is making your pores smaller temporarily and bringing out all the impurities to the surface. I do think it meets its claims as being a product that “refines your pores.” But again, pores are very dynamic, just as our skin is, and so even if they temporarily contract and constrict, and they’re, you know, de-purified, or purified, for a better word, that’s a very temporary process. And so, is this something that I think is going to “purify your pores”? Yes, but that’s a very temporary effect.