I’m a somewhat of a purist when it comes to a lot of things. I don’t like toppings on my ice cream or bacon in my omelette. I’d rather have plain yogurt than anything with mix-ins. And I’ve always stayed away from skincare that felt gimmicky or came with glitter. So, I wasn’t the first person to jump on the GlamGlow train. But, I’m here now and I’m not getting off. Why? Because this product, the brand’s newest facial oil, is not a gimmick, it’s buzzy for a different reason. It works.
First, you swirl open the top and drop the liquid in to your hands. Initially, it’s completely black, but the velvety feel takes away all color-apprehension, trust me. It’s a liquid charcoal oil and it’s mean to clarify your complexion while protecting it from pollution, as well as nourish, de-puff, and soothe. That’s a tall order, I know, but somehow it works. See, the formula is a mix of two type of charcoal with turmeric (for anti-inflammatory properties), aloe vera (for calming), vitamin C (for brightening and antioxidant protection), salicylic acid (to nix breakouts). As you rub it between your fingers, the color changes from black to clear and it feels slightly warm as you apply it to your skin. It’s kind of like a skincare hug in that way. Once it was massaged in, I went to bed with dreams of a clearer, brighter, more detoxed face in the morning. And guess what? That’s exactly what happened. I’m a skeptic at heart and I was expecting to wake up and be unimpressed. But that was just not the case. My skin felt softer, bouncier, and looked brighter than it has in months. For me, because I get puffy, I found the turmeric to be the hero ingredient.
Because my skin can be dry, I started to use it once a week after masking—to clarify and keep everything in tip-top shape after deep hydration. For combination or oily skin types, I’d say this is a great option for every few days or even every morning and night. It’s a product I definitely recommend and one I think you’ll have fun trying (the shapeshifting quality is an exciting addition to you beauty routine).