Obviously if a product has the word "glow" in it, you can bet I'm going to try it.
In my very first venture into K-beauty, I choose the highly praised, super popular Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask.
As I mentioned, this is my first K-beauty product, but it's also my first ever sleeping mask (wow!). I purchased the travel-size version and have been using it about once a week for a month now, so I'm ready to share my thoughts. Overall, I love how this product makes my skin look and will be repurchasing the full size once I run out. Check out my full review below.
This product claims to be "a skin-smoothing, radiance-boosting sleeping mask with watermelon and hyaluronic acid for post-facial results, all in one jar." Its active ingredients include watermelon extract, AHA, hyaluronic acid, and peony root - it's the AHA (or alpha hydroxy acid) that gives the "glow" effect.
How I Use It:
This mask can be used two different ways: as a sleeping mask left on overnight, or as a regular face mask that you wash off after 10 minutes. I've only used it as a sleeping mask, FYI.
First of all, the packaging and color of this product is to die for. I'm a sucker for glass containers and the color baby pink, so I was pretty mich hooked from the start. Luckily, the product itself is a winner as well. Whenever I apply this product at night, I wake up the next morning with absolutely glowing skin. It has a similar effect to my Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, which you can read my full review of here.
The texture of this product is a little strange: it's thin and slimy, but feels nice and cooling on your skin when you apply it. Perfect for hot summer nights when you don't want to use a heavy moisturizer. I also like that it dries down a bit and doesn't leave a thick, greasy layer over your skin, which was my fear with an overnight mask.
I was also afraid it would be too much for my skin to handle leaving this product on overnight, but I had no issues with sensitivity or breakouts. This product is perfect to apply the night before you have an event, or if your skin just needs a nice pick-me-up in brightness and overall "glowiness." It's a bit more affordable than the Drunk Elephant serum, so better for gals ballin' on a budget.
My roommate - who recommended this product to me - says she uses it every night, which is probably fine for those with tougher skin. But for the hypersensitive-skinned folks like me, I would only recommend using this 1-3x per week, and rotating it with your other AHA products. And as always, patch test any acid-based products before using it on your entire face to test for sensitivity!
Now that I've finally ventured into the world of sleeping masks, I'm eager to try out more - next on my list is the Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask, which I mentioned in my last blog post about the Sephora VIB sale (check it out here if you haven't yet).