Glow Recipe

Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

5.40 fl. oz. for $ 34.00
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It’s great when you can find a skin care product that does triple duty, and Glow Recipe’s Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser claims to do just that. While it does one thing really well, it fails the job in other aspects.

This blueberry-scented cleanser comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. It starts off as a gel, then foams slightly when it contacts water. As a cleanser it’s impressive, removing dirt, oil, and makeup from skin with ease and rinsing cleanly without leaving skin feeling dry or tight.

Glow Recipe says this is also a makeup remover, but its instructions for use are essentially the same as if you used this as a cleanser: you’re supposed to pump the product into wet hands, then massage it onto skin for a full minute. Sounds pretty much like a cleanser to us!

While this process effectively removes even waterproof makeup, do not take the brand’s recommendation to use this to remove anything from the eye area, as several of our reviewers experienced stinging each time we used it in this way.

The last use of this product is as a face mask, and it’s so-so on that count. Glow Recipe says to apply a thick layer, leave it on for five minutes, then rinse it off. While this contains an impressive number of antioxidants and includes skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate, it would be better if they were in a leave-on product.

This cleanser also contains the AHA exfoliants glycolic acid and lactic acid, with claims that they can improve acne, but that’s more the work of a well-formulated BHA exfoliant. Even if the AHAs could penetrate deep into pores, they’re at a pH of 5.71 that’s much higher than optimal for exfoliation (between 3 and 4), and they’re rinsed from skin. And without a doubt, AHAs are more effective in a leave-on product (see More Info for details).

One more note: this contains fragrance (the blueberry scent mentioned earlier), which can prompt irritation, moreso the longer it’s left on skin.

To sum all this up, while this works very well as a cleanser, if you’re seeking out a makeup remover, mask, or acne treatment, it’s better to look elsewhere.

  • Effectively removes dirt, oil, and waterproof makeup.
  • Rinses cleanly without leaving skin dry or tight.
  • Contains an impressive number of antioxidants.
  • Stings eyes when used as an eye makeup remover.
  • pH of the AHAs is not at what is considered optimal for exfoliation.
  • AHA ingredients are more effective in a leave-on product.
  • Cannot fight blemishes and breakouts as claimed.
  • Contains fragrance, which can trigger skin irritation.

More Info:

AHA Ingredients in a Cleanser Making Anti-Acne Claims:

This cleanser contains glycolic and lactic acids, AHA ingredients that when included in a well-formulated leave-on product work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, in a cleanser, AHA ingredients are far less effective, if effective at all, because they are rinsed off before they can begin to work.

So, if you’re hoping this cleanser will provide exfoliating benefits, think again. On the other hand, the AHA ingredients can provide hydrating benefits during their brief contact with skin.

Some companies recommend leaving these types of cleansers on skin for a longer period of time so the AHA can absorb, but that means the cleansing agents also are left on longer, which can cause dryness and irritation.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This effective yet gentle 3-in-1 bouncy makeup eraser, cleanser, and deep clarifying mask hydrates the skin without stripping it, helping to combat blemishes and breakouts over time. It will also help the rest of your skincare products work a lot better. Yeah, it’s that major.

Water, Palm Kernel/Coco Glucoside, Caulerpa Lentillifera (Seaweed) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Physalis Peruviana (Groundcherry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Skullcap) Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance.

Glow Recipe got its start as a website, created by co-founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang. Lee and Chang leveraged a combined 20 years in the beauty business in both the U.S. and Korea (they worked for L’Oreal in both countries), to get Korean-based beauty brands to sell their products on an American-based platform. The goal: to create a one-stop-shopping destination for American consumers curious about the trends and products of the Korean beauty industry (K-Beauty).

In time, as the site’s popularity grew, Lee and Chang decided to branch out and create their own line of products under the Glow Recipe name. To that end, the brand focuses on a small but curated group of trend-driven skin care products, with bright, eye-catching packaging and fruity fragrances.

Though most Glow Recipe products are in clear packaging (which doesn’t protect delicate ingredients from light exposure), and some products come in jars that don’t protect them from light or air, the formulary concepts are all intriguing.

Each product contains a good complement of antioxidants, plus moisturizing and skin-soothing ingredients. A few even include alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, too. Though the products contain fragrance, it’s not overwhelming; however, because even small amounts of fragrance still have the potential to irritate skin, their ratings were held back.

To learn more about Glow Recipe, visit www.glowrecipe.com.

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