Watermelon Glow Lip Pop
Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Lip Pop promises to exfoliate, hydrate and tint lips all-in-one. We were all set to jump on board, but unfortunately, this Lip Pop fizzles out.
Packaged in a standard twist-up lipstick-style component, Watermelon Glow Lip Pop has a solid balm texture infused with coconut flower sugar particles intended to provide manual exfoliation.
The sugar particles aren’t scratchy and gently breakdown as you press lips together, which is good news… but they also don’t work all that well to slough off dead skin. Glow Recipe claims the formula’s “flower-derived AHAs” help boost that exfoliating effort, but you can ignore that (those ingredients are unable to provide exfoliation in this balm formula due to the low amounts and types used).
What about the hydration claims? Dry lips are treated to instant relief as you apply Watermelon Glow Lip Pop —but that feeling is fleeting. We found ourselves continually having to reapply because the hydration quickly dissipates. The other problem is that lip balm’s strong watermelon-candy scent is a red flag for irritation, which can actually make dry lips worse (see More Info).
As for the pink tint, it goes on very sheer, adding just a hint of color to enhance your natural lip tone. Otherwise, Watermelon Glow Lip Pop is a letdown. Peruse our top-rated lip care for superior options.
- Adds a sheer pink flush to lips.
- Contains potentially irritating fragrance, which can make dry lips worse.
- Balm doesn’t offer long-lasting hydration compared to today’s best formulas.
- Over-exaggerated exfoliation claims.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
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Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
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A three-in-one scrub-to-balm that smooths, hydrates, and tints lips in a universal pop of pink.
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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