Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum
Farmacy’s Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum does a good job providing most of its claimed benefits but has a few formulary missteps that keep it from being among the best of the best.
Housed in a frosted glass bottle with a pump dispenser, this gel-lotion exfoliant has a lightweight yet hydrating texture suitable for all skin types. It absorbs into skin quickly, leaving it looking instantly smoother, thanks to two forms of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.
Even better: this offers antioxidant-rich plant extracts, including turmeric and grape oil, and skin-soothing ingredients such as ginger root extract. There are also honey-related ingredients (honey extract, propolis extract, and royal jelly extract) that are skin calming and have water-binding properties, too.
But what about the claims that this can resurface skin and refine pores, thanks to the inclusion of alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids? It turns out that’s not 100% accurate. This contains the AHAs lactic and glycolic acid, and they’re formulated at a pH (3.53) that’s optimal for those acids to exfoliate, so you’ll see skin-refining benefits here.
However, for the pore-refining claim, this can’t quite deliver, since Farmacy uses willow bark extract, instead of salicylic acid. While salicylic acid can be derived from willow bark extract, the extract by itself doesn’t have the same potency as BHA on its own (that’s mainly because an enzymatic process that hasn’t occurred here is required to synthesize the components in willow bark extract into salicylic acid, something that cannot happen on skin the way it can when willow bark is consumed orally).
Another issue: this contains orange and lemon fruit extracts, which can irritate skin. They’re not as bad as the orange and lemon oils, but they’re still not the best, either.
Those factors aside, this is a good option if you’re looking for an AHA exfoliant that has a few nice extras included as well.
- Lightweight yet hydrating texture works for all skin types.
- Leaves skin looking instantly smoother and plumped.
- Includes antioxidant-rich plant extracts.
- Contains AHAs at a pH that’s optimal for them to act as exfoliants.
- Contains citrus fruit extracts that can put skin at risk of irritation.
A 3-in-1 night serum that resurfaces, hydrates and clarifies dull skin while you sleep, formulated with a 14% AHA/BHA/gentle flower acids blend. Hyaluronic acid and our proprietary honey blend deliver intense hydration. Salicylic acid derived from willow bark helps minimize the appearance of pores. Honeymoon Glow also helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles to reveal a healthy, more youthful complexion and a natural glow—no wedding required.
Farmacy is the creation of entrepreneurial businessman and self-described “plant geek” Mark Veeder. Due to a chance discovery, he was able to bring together his childhood background on a farm and his experience as a marketing and public relations expert to create a skin care brand focused on farm-raised ingredients.
As the story goes, during his time as a marketing professional in New York City, Veeder still maintained a 7-acre farm 90 miles away. The chance discovery happened in 1999, when he noticed an unusual green variant of the normally-purple Echinacea Purpurea on his property. Excited by what this could mean, he sent the plant to a lab for testing. The test results showed that this version had 300 times more of the antioxidant cichoric acid than the usual strain of the plant. Veeder patented it, sold it to local nurseries, and named it GreenEnvy. Fifteen years after the initial discovery, he resolved to create a skin care company, Farmacy, with GreenEnvy as its star ingredient.
Before you get too excited: there’s little independent research backing the claims surrounding GreenEnvy’s potency (most of the research has been done on Farmacy’s behalf), though as with most plant extracts, it provides antioxidant benefits and may also prevent collagen breakdown, which is nice but hardly unique to this plant.
As for the products themselves, most have solid foundations (great, plant-based antioxidants abound) but some of them are undone by additions that make them less-than-ideal for skin. Many contain fragrant plant oils which, while natural, aren’t good for skin. Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, puts skin at risk for irritation that can cause numerous problems. Frustratingly, many of the fragrant plants are, in fact, also brilliant antioxidants; however, plenty of natural ingredients also provide antioxidant benefits without risking skin irritation and other problems.
We like that Farmacy’s take on natural is to combine it with key lab-engineered (synthetic) ingredients. This approach is refreshingly honest and affirms the research-supported fact that just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t mean it’s bad for skin. The truth is there are good and bad natural ingredients as well as good and bad synthetic ingredients.
Farmacy’s other issue beyond fragrance is that several of the products are packaged in jars, which exposes their good ingredients to light and air that will eventually cause them to break down and lose effectiveness.
There is one mineral-based sunscreen that’s a standout, especially for sensitive skin, but because of the issues mentioned above, this line isn’t quite the farm-fresh merger of nature and science it’s made out to be.
To learn more about Farmacy, visit https://www.farmacybeauty.com/.
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