Current Skincare Products

Hey beauties!  Happy weekend.  We had a visit from winter this past week here in Georgia.  We had lows in the teens.  I have been trying to get my running game back on track as I detox my diet, and it was actually too cold to run one afternoon.  The wind was like a whip!  So I did some cardio indoors.  Boring.  I do feel for you people who have to deal with super frigid temps because you have “real” winter.  Oh, if I could only live in California.

I recently covered my morning skincare routine as well as my nighttime deal.  I didn’t want to include the additional treatments I use because it would have made the post too long.  So I am covering my current skincare products today.


Current Skincare Products

These items have been in my routine for a while.  I am a huge fan of exfoliating, so many of my favorites do just that.  Nothing like resurfacing some new skin on mah face!  As I’ve gotten older though, I try to stay away from the traditional rough, grainy scrubs.  They end up being too hard on my skin, and I feel they could worsen the redness that has plagued me over the last few years.  Don’t get me wrong, I miss them!  I felt like those really worked because I could “feel” it as I was scrubbing.  But the new formulations do a great job, sans the grains.

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate & Glamglow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment


Glamglow Youthmud and Thirstymud

These are much-hyped products that are really worth the raves.  The Youthmud gives “resurfacing exfoliation and smooths, brightens, and softens”.  Indeed, it does!  This is my favorite skincare treatment.  It is a mud/clay mask that you rinse off once it dries (removing it in circular motions provides the exfoliation).  It does tingle, almost sting, when you first apply it, but it only lasts for a second and doesn’t burn or anything while it’s on.  I love the earthy/herbal scent.

The Thirstymud “hydrates, moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms”.  You can either rinse it off after 10-20 minutes, or leave it on overnight.  I use it overnight.  The next morning my skin is super soft and feels incredible.  It’s also suitable for long haul flights.  It smells sweetly of honey and coconut.  The stuff of sweet dreams!


GlamGlow Youthmud (L) & GlamGlowThirstymud (R) Formulas

Quite different textures!

The next two products are exfoliants, but do not have chunky bits in it.


MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator & Ole Henriksen Sugar Glow Face Scrub

MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator


MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

This is jet black!  It is a “foaming, cleansing,exfoliating scrub with volcanic ash and fine sugar crystals; mineral rich” formula.  It smells clean and fresh, and smooths out your skin.  It does leave me feeling a little tight in winter, but of course I moisturize afterwards, so no biggie.

Ole Henriksen Sugar Glow Face Scrub


Ole Henriksen Sugar Glow Face Scrub Formula

I found this recently at my local Marshalls.  It appears it’s been discontinued by Ole Henriksen, but can be found on Amazon and other online retailers.  I included it because it is an awesome product!  The next day after my first use of this, my husband commented on how pretty my skin looked.  Well, that’s a big enough testimony of how great this stuff is for me! And he wasn’t even in the dog house or anything!  This includes “organic sugar from Paraguay, honey, grapefruit, tangerine, rose hips, pomegranate seeds, and African red tea to deep clean, smooth, and refine”.  The directions recommend using it in place of your regular cleanser, but I use it on no-makeup days.  It does have a bit of texture to it, but it’s not rough.  I am going to have to stock up on this, because I really love it.

Kracie Sheet Masks (from Japan)


Kracie Sheet Masks From Japan

This is a variety pack of Japanese sheet masks.


Kracie Sheet Masks

In case you are not familiar with these, they are a full faced mask made from soft cloth/cotton sheets that are saturated with “essence” (the liquid miracle to address whatever condition the mask is for).  The masks above are (L-R) tightening, clearing, and firming.  You leave them on your face for 5-20 minutes, remove the sheet, and pat the remaining essence into your face.


Kracie Japanese Sheet Mask On

Boo!  Pretty scary, huh?  The black one is really fun.  You can purchase these at Japanese grocers, or pretty much anywhere online.  I get whatever is available from my online Japanese grocer, Marukai.  And nowdays, most beauty products from Japan have directions in English.

Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes


Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes

Last, but not least, my favorite eye mask.  I have used this Origins gel for years.  I suffer from allergies, and just all around puffiness in my under eye area.  Though this does not completely eradicate my bags (nothing short of surgery will do that, unfortunately!), it is the best thing I’ve ever used to soothe the area and minimize the appearance of my bags.

I know it looks like a lot of products!  I alternate, depending on the season, and what’s going on with my skin.  I generally do all my treatments at night before bed, but occasionally I’ll use something in the morning if I’ve got something going on, or my skin looks bleh.

What are your favorite treatments?

Thanks for reading!  xoxo

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  1. Andrea says

    I’ve tried the Glamglow Eye Treatment and I’m still slightly sceptical about its performance. I’ve heard so much about Youthmud and really intrigued to try it but I’m still scared it won’t be worth the price. On the other hand, Origins No Puffery is an absolutely amazing product, a really great choice!

    Andrea x

    • kpsays says

      I love the Youthmud, but I tried tons of samples before I invested. I would think you should be able to get a sample somewhere, considering how popular these masks are. I’ve not heard great reviews on the eye mask, but will get a sample to try. I LOVE the Origins No Puffery! Isn’t it amazing??? Thanks for stopping by Andrea!

  2. Stacie says

    I love skincare posts and seeing what other people use. You picked some great ones. I’m always changing things up too. I use the GlamGlow in the white packaging and love it too. Have a wonderful week Karen! Stacie xo
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  3. Julie says

    How did I miss this post?! I love it! Ole Henriksen makes amazing products, such a shame that scrub you have is discontinued. I so wish I could use the Glam Glow Thirsty Mud, I had a sample and tried it and it burned me face so bad. I had to wash it off after 5 minutes because I couldn’t stand it any longer :( I am interested in their cleansing mud, because I hear it pulls out everything, but I’m worried it will irritate me like the other one did.
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    • kpsays says

      I think the cleansing mud doesn’t have that menthol-y tingle stuff in it, so you’d probably be okay. I would definitely get a sample first! If you happen to find that Ole Henriksen scrub at Marshalls or TJ Maxx, pick it up! It was $13. It’s awesome!