What makes the Glam 4-Step Facial tick? Well, aside from the convenience of being a light package that you can bring with you on your workdays and vacation trips, the power of this eco-friendly skin care formulation lies in its ingredients that are used for the premium products in the pouch. Let's break down what they do each step of the way:
Step 1: Exfoliating scrub
You start by wetting your face with water, then massaging your face with a non-abrasive scrub. The key ingredient here is camellia sinensis extract with green tea flakes. It's known for its anti-aging, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. The extract is the oil from the leaves of the tea plant. One of its primary active compounds is catechins which are classified as flavonoids – they deliver the antioxidant properties. Basically, this neutralises free radicals, which have a damaging effect on the skin. The most potent catechin in the extract is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), that even adds to the protection against ultraviolet radiation which is one of the factors that cause premature skin ageing. Even those with a particularly oily face get to benefit from this extract, which helps in decreasing sebum production.
Step 2: Microfibre sheet mask
The star ingredient here is Beta Glucan. The advanced sheet mask is placed on the skin for 15-20 minutes. The Beta Glucan stimulates collagen production in the skin, by directly interacting with fibroblasts within the dermis, as well as indirectly through macrophages with the help of cytokines. This results in it smoothing out the wrinkles and soothing the skin. After you remove the sheet mask, you can wash off the serum on the face with water.
Step 3: Hydration cream
Next, the hydration cream is spread on the face and neck. The cucumber extract in the cream kicks in to hydrate the skin – hence the name. It adds to the soothing effect, while also reducing any swelling. Cucumbers are already renowned for these attributes, making them a staple in beauty parlours and spas. The cucumber extract also contains vitamin C and folic acid, which stimulate new cell growth, and aid in combating environmental toxins respectively, making the skin healthier and firmer - a.k.a it takes away that "tired and aged" look. Note that you don’t have to use the hydration cream all in one go. The cream left behind can be reused the next day.
Step 4: Eye cream
This is patted around the eyes and lips. The main ingredient is the apricot kernel extract, whose roles include reducing wrinkles, repairing any skin damage, while enhancing the elasticity of the skin. It achieves this by being packed with vitamin E, K and antioxidants – all necessary for keeping the skin healthy. In fact, apricot oil has been used for centuries in the treatment of skin conditions like acne and dandruff.
Keep your Skin Radiant
Having the Glam 4-Step Facial as part of your daily care program keeps the skin soft and supple, maintaining that youthful effect. You get to combine these benefits into a quick-to-use facial kit that is easy to carry around and use on-the-go, whether you're juggling around in your office or laid back on the beach.