Glow Recipe: What’s Worth Buying? What To Skip?

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Last year I purchased a bunch of products from Glow Recipe. After trying them, I thought about skipping the review. But I’ve decided that you really should know which products are good and which I don’t recommend and why.

In this post, you will find reviews for each product I tried, alternative recommendations, and my thoughts on who might like this brand.

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Glow Recipe Review

Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

The Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser is formulated with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and gentle AHAs. Glow Recipe claims that this cleanser will remove makeup, but I didn’t find that to be true. You would need to use a cleansing balm and then use the Blueberry Bounce as a second cleanse.

Overall, I don’t find this cleanser to be worth the purchase. At $34 for a small bottle, this is a very expensive product. Cleanser is one product in your skincare routine that you can save on. Since it is on your face for such a short amount of time you don’t really need a lot of actives in it. If you really want an AHA based face wash, there are plenty of more affordable options available.

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Alternatives: Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser or Hero Cosmetics Clear Collective

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist

Advertised as a refreshing and hydrating mist, this product is formulated with watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid, Centella Asiatica, apple cider vinegar, and licorice root extract. Glow Recipe suggests spritzing your face with this mist throughout the day to refresh the skin.

I do not recommend using the Watermeling Glow Mist as directed on the box. If you are to try it, I would suggest using it as a toner. For use, I would spray it on slightly damp skin and then top it with a moisturizer. If your face is not damp and you do not seal in your hyaluronic acid with a moisturizer, you could dry out your skin instead of hydrating it.

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Alternative: Acure Seriously Soothing Superfine Mist

Watermelon Glow PHA +BHA Pore-Tight Toner

This toner has hydrating ingredients like cactus water and hyaluronic acid. The willow bark and tea tree are good for pore cleaning. There are also ingredients to gently exfoliate the skin like gluconolactone.

Aside from those with very dry skin and people that don’t enjoy the fragrance, this toner would be a good option for someone wanting a gentle toner.

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Alternative: The INKEY List – Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner

Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops

The Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops is a serum formulated with niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and watermelon extract. It is described as a serum that hydrates, brightens the skin, and minimizes the appearance of pores, while also providing a nice glow to the skin.

Including these ingredients in your routine is great. They are good for clogged pores, reducing oil production, and keeping the skin hydrated. However, I would not pick this up for the glow factor. You should not be using this as the last step in your routine, adding moisturizer and/or SPF is a must. Applying your moisturizer or SPF is likely to cover up any glow this serum gave you.

If you want to keep things simple while also using Glow Recipe products, I would suggest picking up the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream instead. It has niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and squalane. It would give you the benefits of two products at the cost of one.

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Alternative: Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum

Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream

This moisturizer is packed with a ton of good ingredients. Most notably, the formula includes hyaluronic acid, polyglutamic acid, niacinamide, and squalane. This combination of ingredients paired with the cream’s lighter texture makes it a great moisturizer for most skin types.

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Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Moisturize

The Watermelon Moisturizer is a lightweight gel that is meant for those with combination and oily skin. It is formulated with glycerin, antioxidants, and sodium hyaluronate.

Please note that his moisturizer provides very little in terms of hydration or moisture. It can also leave a sticky feeling on the skin once applied.

If you are looking for a drugstore option that is a bit more hydrating (but still light), check out Yes To Hydration Super Fresh Facial Gel Moisturizer.

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Alternative: Yes To Hydration Super Fresh Facial Gel Moisturizer

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

This Glow Recipe sleeping mask is designed to exfoliate while you sleep. With glycolic acid, lactic acid, and pumpkin this mask helps to slough off your skin. Watermelon extract and sodium hyaluronate are included in the mask to help keep the skin hydrated.

If you decide you want to try this mask, make sure you are not overdoing it. On nights that you use this, you will want to limit the other actives in your skincare routine. For example, you wouldn’t want to use an AHA based serum on the same night. I wouldn’t pair it with a strong retinoid either. Doing so is likely to dry your skin out or disrupt the skin barrier.

Ultimately, I would not choose to purchase this sleeping mask. Instead, I would opt for the Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask. It is more expensive but it does the job of brightening the skin while being a bit more hydrating.

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Alternative: Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask

Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask

Glow Recipe formulated this sleeping mask with avocado, retinol, coffeeberry, and shea butter. These ingredients work together to help improve the look of fine lines and dark circles.

One thing to note is that the package does not indicate the strength of the retinol used in this sleeping mask. When testing I did not experience any irritation, but I am a long-time retinol user. If you are new to retinol or you are worried about reacting to it, start by using this a couple of nights a week and work your way up to every other day.

Of all the products I tried from Glow Recipe, this is the one that I love the most. I highly recommend trying it.

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Final Thoughts On Glow Recipe

All of the products are very sensuous.  The products are in pretty packaging, they are colorful, and each product has a fruity smell. It is an experience to use their products.  If that is your jam, you’ll enjoy using Glow Recipe. 

When Glow Recipe was first established, they only offered a couple of products. Now that they have a much bigger selection. You can find textures and products that will work with a variety of skin types, but most of their products are geared to combination and oily skin.

My personal favorites from Glow Recipe are the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer and the Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask. They are the two most unique products and they are the ones I enjoyed using the most. 

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