Super Glow Vitamin C + Magnesium Serum
Glossier reformulated Super Glow Vitamin C + Magnesium Serum for the better! This now contains a proven mix of ingredients that really can help even out tone and enhance hydration for healthier-looking skin. Bonus: They’ve doubled the size while keeping the price the same, so you get more bang for your buck.
Packaged in a frosted glass bottle and dispensed via dropper, Super Glow has a milky fluid texture that’s compatible with all skin types. It feels lightly hydrating and sinks right in—no greasy residue left behind.
On to the star of the show: magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is a stable form of vitamin C that research shows is effective for improving multiple signs of aging. At this 5% concentration, you’re getting enough of it to help a brighten dull complexion and help to fade discolorations, not to mention all the antioxidant protection it has to offer. A note on discolorations: the research isn’t as strong for this form of vitamin C as others, such as ascorbic acid, but you should see improvement in uneven skin tone.
The second hero ingredient, magnesium PCA, is another smart choice. As an electrolyte, this plays a role in enhancing skin’s hydration and barrier repair. It also influences how skin cells move through the surface layers and how they shed, aiding in skin’s overall healthier appearance.
Plenty of other replenishing ingredients, antioxidants, and soothing agents round out the fragrance-free formula so that, “skin looks recharged, fresh, and glowy,” as promised. Hats off to Glossier for improving the formula with a well-rounded blend that truly delivers!
*Note: It's best to keep the frosted bottle in a dark enclosed location (i.e. stored in your cabinet) to limit its exposure to light, which can break down the formula’s beneficial antioxidants.
- Contains 5% vitamin C to help even out tone and brighten up dull skin.
- Magnesium PCA helps enhance skin’s hydration and barrier repair.
- Replenishing ingredients, antioxidants, and soothing agents help ensure healthy skin.
- Milky texture absorbs imperceptibly and works for any skin type.
- Fragrance free.
- Frosted bottle needs to be stored away from direct light to protect the sensitive ingredients.
A potent, stable formulation of 5% Vitamin C derivative MAP + Magnesium PCA that delivers key ingredients without irritating sensitive skin. Our Vitamin C derivative helps even tone and improve the appearance of dark spots, while Magnesium PCA enhances hydration and replenishes moisture, so skin looks recharged, fresh, and glowy.
Glossier is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, whose successful beauty blog IntoTheGloss.com inspired the spinoff skin care/makeup line launched in 2014. Weiss describes the concept behind Glossier as a lifestyle beauty brand with a highly edited selection of streamlined skin care and makeup products.
We consider Glossier's makeup the strong suit of the brand. Their tagline of uncomplicated makeup staples that live with you, not on you, rings true with their simple yet impressive lineup of color products. Each is intentionally designed as a low maintenance option to enhance your appearance but not overpower it, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. By and large, the makeup products perform well, and while the shade options aren't vast, we're impressed by the flattering, attractive colors they've curated.
Glossier's skin care fares a little lower on the rating scale. While the majority of formulas are decent, they tend to be lackluster in terms of a well-researched cocktail of beneficial ingredients. Not bad, but not great either. Aesthetically-speaking, the skincare products stick to their reoccurring promise of dewy, glowy looking skin.
We're happy to report the majority of Glossier's skin care and makeup products are fragrance free, which is a rarity in the cosmetics industry and better overall for the health of your skin.
To sum it up: Skin care-wise there's room for improvement, but if you like the minimalist approach and cool girl vibe, Glossier makeup delivers. We're intrigued to see what they come up with next!
For more information on Glossier, visit glossier.com.
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