I recently stumbled across the Glacial Facial, a face mask made by the Alaskan Mud Company and was struck by the cute name and was rather tickled by the whole idea of an Alaskan beauty company. No ordinary mud mask, it is a pot of melted Alaskan glacier. In our era of global warming, I can only imagine that the Alaskan Mud Company will have an ongoing supply for a couple of decades at least.

Hailing from the Copper River region, the mud has no less than 60 trace elements to promote healthy skin turnover. The mask is a kind of greenish brown and you don't want to be seen wearing it by the mail man. However, in the privacy of your own home you'll want to keep it on for at least 15 minutes - I have worn it for up to 45 minutes. And without that horrible dry, tight feeling that masks can give you. Rinse off and your complexion will have the healthy glow of someone who leads a virtuous and outdoor life (like most Alaskans, I assume). More importantly, at least in my case, open pores miraculously close. As in, they are gone.

I was so pleased by this mask, that I got it into the TIA shop as soon as I could.

Antiaging is boosted by kelp, nettle, horsetail, elderflower, yarrow, antioxidant cranberry, blueberry and vitamins E and B5. Interestingly, nettle, horsetail and yarrow are also in my new fave cleanser, Nutra-Lift's Herbal NonSoap. Although yarrow is a staple of natural haircare products, it is also great for calming irritated skin and is an anti-inflammatory.

The preservative of choice here is tropolone. It can be an irritant, but only at 100% concentrations and otherwise I have found nothing concerning about it.


Alaska glacial mud, purified water, glycerin, emulsifying wax nf, natural kaolin, safflower seed oil, vitamin b5, glyceryl stearate se, extracts of yarrow, horsetail, elderflower, blueberry, cranberry and kelp; vitamin e, natural xanthan gum, bisabolol, preservatives of 1,2 hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, tropolone; titanium dioxide.