Lina Hanson Global Face Trio – REVIEW

Last year, Lina Hanson relaunched her skincare line with a redesign and brand new products, and I immediately gravitated toward her Global Treasures Balm (which I wrote a bit about here). The other product she released alongside the scene stealing balm was the Global Face Trio, a 3-in-1 multipurpose powder that can be used as a cleanser, exfoliator and mask. Now I know what some of you are thinking “I do not need another powder in my life,” I felt the same way between the 3 cleansing powders, 5 powder masks, and 2 exfoliant powders all sitting in my bathroom. But Lina thought ahead and knew we were essentially cluttering our lives with products, so she instead took another approach by simplifying all these products into one multi-use product – a powder versatile enough to be a cleansing powder, an exfoliant, and a mask based on what our skin needs. Now, sometimes when a product promises hybrid functionality, it ends up doing each thing in a mediocre way but every now and then you get something like the chopstick – a purist tool that is high-functioning and valuable. So where does Global Face Trio stand?

Let’s start with learning more about the product:

“This 3-in-1 multi-purpose solution is a gentle yet effective powder that purifies, brightens, clarifies, and balances the skin. This unique product is not only customizable depending on your skin’s needs, it saves space on your counter, in your luggage, and in your mind, because it multi-functions.”

So this powder is basically the konmari version of your skincare. It’s formula is:

kaolin (white clay), limonia acidissima (thanaka) wood powder,** citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel powder* oryza sativa (rice) bran powder, acanthopanax senticosus (ginseng) stem extract, bambusa vulgaris (bamboo) stem powder, citric acid, curcuma longa (turmeric) root, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root powder, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil,* citrus nobilis (mandarin) peel oil,* limonene***, citronellol*** geraniol,***

**Ethically Harvested
***Naturally occurring in essential oils

The powder is clay based, and Kaolin Clay is very adaptable for most skin types as it is deeply cleansing yet also mild. The 2nd ingredient is the key: Thanaka Wood Powder, which falls into Lina Hanson’s Global Beauty philosophy of sourcing effective ingredients from her travels. Thanaka Wood Powder comes from the Thanaka Wood in Myanmar and it gives the powder it’s golden tint. Burmese women apply Thanaka Powder to their skin for its multiple skin benefits which include tightening pores, clarifying skin and decreasing breakouts. Orange Peel and Mandarin Peel are going to be clarifying powerhouses and while I would not use citrus in a face oil, I do not have issues with using them in a product that is rinsed off at home. The Ginseng, Licorice, and Turmeric are highly anti-inflammatory, brightening ingredients that boost circulation. Rice Bran Powder and Bamboo Powder are traditionally used in Asia to refine skin. Finally lemongrass gives this powder it’s refreshing scent and also has anti-septic properties. And if you’re keeping count, I’ve called out virtually each ingredient, which just shows that there really is no filler in this product, everything is in there for a very good reason.

How it Performs:

If you’ve read my reviews before you’ll know that I take my time to really get to know a product. In this case, I realized that while the Global Face Trio can indeed by used as a cleanser, exfoliator, mask – it works best in two ways:

1. Add a few drops of water then mixed with a cleanser as a base (my favorite pairing is with YULI Halcyon) to simultaneously cleanse and exfoliate skin. The powerful mixture gives a deep clean and exfoliation that must be experienced. I do this about 2 or 3 times a week when my skin feels a little congested or in need of a “resurfacing” treatment, it feels like you’re soaking your skin in the best ingredients, almost like a mini-mask treatment as you cleanse. As an exfoliating powder, the finely milled nature of this powder means that it is much more gentle on skin and won’t feel rough or scratch at your skin.Take a good 5 minutes to just slowly cleanse and relax, adding more water if it dries before rinsing off. My skin immediately looks like there’s a soft filter, to a degree where I did not know skin tone could change so drastically in such a short amount of time.

2. As a mask, mix with water and add a few drops of a face oil if you need more moisture (Lina’s own Global Facial Serum is quite a good pick and the ingredients work really well together). I almost immediately feel a tingle where you know an ingredient is working. It’s not uncomfortable and there is no heat/burning sensation, I think it is from the tonic nature of the herbs including the thanaka, citrus peels, ginseng, licorice, and turmeric.  I leave it on for 15-20 minutes and when I wash it off, my skin really does look 2-3 shades lighter.

Final Thoughts

I think the Global Face Trio is an amazing product that packs so much performance as each ingredient is so powerful and purposeful. This is why my skin ALWAYS looks brighter and clearer almost immediately after using it. I know that I probably made it sound like it is solely a brightening product but it really goes beyond that, the brightening is the most visible result but it’s really an entirely stimulating procedure due to super-toning herbs that evens skin tone, calms inflammation, erase irritation, reverse skin damage (many of the herbs actually fight UV damage) and boost overall radiance due to improved health. Perhaps a better word for the result would be that it is rejuvenating but the most visible/immediate result is definitely the brightening – either way, there is no question that Global Face Trio is the real deal. Beyond that, I also commend the Global Face Trio as unlike most powders on the market, it does NOT contain Baking Soda – a major rarity and a huge bonus.

At $70 for 3.4 oz + a beautiful bamboo spoon for scooping, I feel that everyone using a powder with baking soda needs to make the switch and those who don’t have any powders, need to make The Global Face Trio, their first powder as it’s so hard to go wrong with how multifaceted and results-driven the formula is.

Available at:
Credo Beauty
The Detox Market



  1. Tigs
    April 2, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    I love when you post a new review, but basically HAVE to buy whatever you like because you basically think of everything. I will justify it as I have spent on any beauty in all of March and this is free shipping on Credo.

    • April 3, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      LOL thank you! I think rather than sell something, I write it because I literally AM the customer so maybe it jibes more?

  2. Jenny
    April 2, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I just purchased this. Have been looking for a baking soda free cleansing exfoliant. Am very excited to get it. Went with Credo over Detox Market due to free shipping, do you know how they compare in shipping time?

    • April 3, 2017 / 12:09 pm

      Yes when I realized the formula was baking soda free it was like FINALLY! I think Credo/Detox Market both use USPS though I could be mistaken, so it should arrive same week. The only thing I’m not sure about is if Credo is set up to ship from out of their stores because if you happen to live in NYC/LA/SF, you might end up getting it almost next day?

  3. Salma
    April 3, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    I love that you also mix powders with your cleansers and I have been using the YULI cleanser to base all of my powders, it really is wonderful. The perfect cleanser with some “grit” when mixed with powder.

    Is the tingle sensation from the Face Trio anything like the tingle from Problem Solver? I’m still pretty sure it’s not supposed to feel that way even though May says it is.

    • April 5, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      The tingle sensation only happens at the beginning and has a toning/astringent feel (without the harsh/drying astringent feeling we associate with alcohol toners), you definitely know it is clearing your skin. There is no burn or unpleasant feel like Problem Solver which I think is just damaging.

  4. Vivian
    April 6, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I am currently using Yuli Pure 1-2x/week and Tatcha Soothing Rice Enzyme. Would Global Face Trio be used in place of the 2 separate products; how would you compare Yuli & Tatcha to Golden Face Trio. Really appreciate the feedback!

    • April 10, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Hi Vivian, I need to revisit Pure as it has been a while but I remember loving that mask very much. In terms of masks compared to the likes of May Lindstrom, Dr. Alkaitis, Josh Rosebrook etc., the Yuli Pure one remains a favorite. I think in this case whenever you’re done with one, just use the Lina Hanson to replace it to see how you like it since it is quite versatile.

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