Glow Recipe

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

2.70 fl. oz. for $ 45.00
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There’s a lot to like Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, but a combination of packaging and ingredient fumbles makes it an iffy choice when looking for a great face mask.

This light pink mask comes in an elegant, faceted glass jar and although it’s attractive, this packaging is its first slip-up. Jar packaging exposes skin-beneficial ingredients to both light and air, meaning those ingredients won’t remain effective over time, so you’re just not getting what you pay for!

Aesthetically there’s a lot to like about this mask: it has a lotion-gel texture that will work for most skin types. It also absorbs quickly so that when you do go to bed, you don’t have to worry about it getting all over your pillowcase.

This contains skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate along with numerous antioxidant-rich plant extracts, among them the watermelon that gives this product its name. There are some skin-soothing ingredients and two types of AHA (alpha hydroxy acids), glycolic acid and lactic acid in the mix as well.

That leads to our second issue: the AHAs are formulated at a pH of 5.85 that is above what is optimal (between 3 and 4) to act as effective exfoliants. At this pH they still have hydrating properties, but Glow Recipe makes exfoliation claims about them, saying they can refine pores.

The last problem is that this contains fragrance. It’s a light candy-like watermelon smell that isn’t overpowering, but any amount of fragrance has the potential to cause irritation.

As appealing as this is, it just doesn’t stack up against some of the better face masks you’ll find on the market.

  • Lotion-gel texture absorbs quickly.
  • Contains skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate and antioxidant-rich plant extracts.
  • Includes skin-soothing ingredients.
  • Packaged in a jar, which compromises its beneficial ingredients.
  • AHA ingredients are not formulated at the optimal pH to act as exfoliants.
  • Contains fragrance, which can trigger skin irritation.

More Info:

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Treatments: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!

References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

This pillow-proof formula acts as a radiance-boosting hybrid hydrator, formulated with soothing, amino-acid rich Watermelon Extract, hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, and pore refining AHAs that work while you sleep to gently exfoliate and clarify.

Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Caulerpa Lentillifera (Seaweed) Extract, Simethicone, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit, Silica, Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Ipomoea Batatas (Sweet Potato) Root Extract, Betaine, Beta Glucan, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, 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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