Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist
Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist contains some beneficial ingredients, but the fragrance (as wonderful as it may smell) holds the formula back.
Starting with the positives, Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist has one of the best spritzing mechanisms we’ve tested—it delivers a “fog-like” mist that lightly settles on skin rather than drenching it. That’s especially handy if you’re applying this over makeup as a refresher (it won’t disturb foundation but helps give it a fresher look if you need to resist creased areas).
The result is a lightweight, hydrating finish, thanks in-part to the handful of replenishing non-fragrant plant oils as well as moisture-locking hyaluronic acid. Skin is also treated to a high dose of the namesake watermelon extract, as well as other antioxidant-rich, soothing extracts.
All of that is great to refresh skin throughout the day… until the added fragrance makes its presence known with a wafting, candy-like, watermelon scent. (See More Info to learn why that’s problematic for skin.) The apple cider vinegar is also an iffy ingredient for skin in terms of irritation potential, although the amount used here is low enough that we’re not overly concerned.
Lastly, we must point out that the clear bottle packaging allows light penetration, which degrades sensitive ingredients (such as antioxidants) prematurely. The workaround is to store this facial mist in a dark place (i.e. drawer or cabinet) to ensure those ingredients can deliver their maximum benefit.
The bottom line: Even though Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist has a lot going for it, it misses the mark compared to our top-rated facial mists.
- Refreshes skin and makeup with a lightly hydrating finish.
- Fog-like mist settles lightly on skin, rather than drenching it.
- Delivers beneficial antioxidants, soothing extracts, and hyaluronic acid.
- Convenient for use on-the-go.
- Added fragrance has the potential to irritate skin.
- See-through packaging limits the effectiveness of the formula if not stored properly.
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.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
An ultra-fine, hydrating mist formulated with a juicy blend of 84-percent watermelon, hyaluronic acid, and hibiscus to refresh skin and enhance makeup.
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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