Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner

Glow Recipe

Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 34.00
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Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner has an alcohol-free, antioxidant-rich formula that instantly delivers a fresh, glow-y look that hydrates normal to combination skin with hyaluronic acid and glycerin, among others. Sadly, some formulary missteps reduce its appeal.

Issue number one is that it comes packaged in a weighty clear glass bottle. The clarity means you’ll need to store this away from natural light. Otherwise, the numerous natural ingredients will be prone to breaking down.

This contains polyhydroxy acid (PHA) gluconolactone along with a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) derivative known as betaine salicylate. PHA is an established exfoliant, hydrator, and antioxidant while betaine salicylate is considered a less effective version of salicylic acid. Less effective doesn’t mean ineffective, but the pH of 4.5 pretty much keeps this from being able to exfoliate as well as today’s best exfoliants.

On balance, the formula may provide a bit of exfoliation and the hydration smooths rough texture which can in turn help make pores look “tight”, but research on this action is better for ingredients like retinol and niacinamide, which this product lacks.

Another issue is the fragrance. It’s not strong but comes from fragrant plants (tea tree, hibiscus) and perfume which can conspire to irritate skin, even if you don’t see any issues on skin’s surface. It’s better that the fragrance isn’t super-potent, but fragrance free is best for everyone’s skin.

  • Great source of proven hydrators.
  • Alcohol-free, antioxidant-rich formula.
  • Leaves a healthy, fresh-looking glow.
  • Helps smooth rough texture, which might make pores look “tight”.
  • Fragranced formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
  • pH is outside the ideal range PHA and BHA need to exfoliate most effectively.
  • Clear glass bottle must be stored away from natural light.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Hydrate skin and tighten pores at once with the ultra-gentle Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner for supple, smooth skin. An essential part of any good skin-care routine, toners help prep and plump skin to readily absorb the rest of your routine. Our innovative formula contains a balance of hydrating ingredients and pore-tightening actives to equally minimize the look of pores and hydrate skin, with gentle yet effective pore actives such as PHA and BHA.

Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Cactus) Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Gluconolactone, Sodium Polyglutamate, Betaine Salicylate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Lactobacillus/Watermelon Fruit Ferment Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Ipomoea Batatas Root Extract, Sorbitan Oleate, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Fragrance/Parfum.

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.

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