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Finally an Acid for Sensitive Skin Types?

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Sometimes a product comes along that is both so pretty and holds the promise of such glowy results that I just can’t ignore it (however non-budget friendly it may be…).

And that was definitely the case with Farmacy Beauty’s Honey Glow 17% Resurfacing Acid Serum – a blend of acids promising to brighten skin to dewy perfection – the replacement for their original Honeymoon Glow Serum.



This is new, up-to-date information. We updated this article in April 2024 to add our further thoughts on this product, complete with updated prices.


The brand

Launched in 2015 by skincare addict Mark Veeder, farming expert Robert Beyfuss, and lab owner David Chung, Farmacy Beauty’s ethos is ‘farm-to-face skincare’.  

While it may have an emphasis firmly on natural ingredients, Farmacy shows its lab-based background, throwing in a twist of science-based technology at the same time.

With fully recyclable packaging and ingredients sourced from select farms across the world, the brand is all about the quality and sustainability of its products. Each one is also cruelty-free, as well as paraben-free, synthetic fragrance-free, phthalate-free and mineral oil-free.

Farmacy’s combination of minimalist packaging, yummy-sounding product names (Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturiser, anyone?) and real results has earned it something of a cult following in the short 5 years since its launch.


Farmacy’s Honey Glow 17% Resurfacing Acid Serum

Containing a mixture of fruit, flower, glycolic, lactic and amino acids, this honey-based chemical exfoliant is designed as a gentle acid product, suited to most skin types.


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Gentle because despite the multiple acids here, the addition of hyaluronic acid, grapeseed oil, and honey extract add a shot of hydration and moisture, and with a combination of exfoliating AHAs and BHA’s, this potent potion gets to work to reduce the look of pores, fine lines and texture while you snooze.

It also includes antioxidant-rich buckwheat honey, meaning this super serum boosts your skin’s moisture levels and soothes the complexion so that you wake up looking bright and beautiful.

WebMD says that “there are many uses of grapeseed oil for the skin, especially on the face. Because it contains high levels of vitamin E, this oil may contribute to better skin and reducing UV damage.”

Sounds good to me.


How to use it

Designed to be used at night, Farmacy recommends using one or two pumps on clean skin three to four times a week before building up to more regular use.

I personally use around a pump of this after toning (with something gentle and non-acid-based like Fresh’s Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner), before following with my regular moisturiser afterwards to counteract any potential drying.

And the amount I use varies according to the season/what my skin is doing that particular day too; with one night some weeks and every other day others.


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On the skin

On my skin – despite the noticeable acid smell when I apply this, and some initial tingling – I tend to wake up with the same glow I get from having used any other acid the night before, but without any dryness or tightness that I might sometimes have with other products.

Is that immediate glow better than the one I get from other products though? No, not for me anyway.

In fact, I think this actually offers a slightly more subtle result designed to improve overuse, rather than the instant results of perhaps a stronger acid.

And, although that may sound like a criticism, for me this is actually where Honey Glow beats many of my other acid products – because in a product market often about immediate results (which can sometimes be at odds with the needs of sensitive skin types) this almost feels intentionally geared at those looking for a gentler, longer-term approach.

But that’s not to say it’s just sensitive types that can benefit from this – because the blend of various acids which target different concerns (for example lactic acid to gently brighten skin) means that I would think most types would be able to make use of this.

What other people have to say

Customers are really liking this upgraded formula, with one saying “Nothing to say just worth the money”.

And some love the addition of honey in skincare, saying “I love the entire honey collection”, another customer on the Farmacy Instagram page writes “She’s cute & she feels DEVINE”.


The takeaway

Overall I’m a fan and loving the high level of natural ingredients. I also like that this could be a great option for sensitive skin types who’ve struggled to find a strong acid that doesn’t dry their skin.

I only wish this wasn’t so expensive. For a gentle acid alternative (although more basic) I also like The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% + HA.

Great for: Fans of an acid which won’t dry skin too much.

Not-so-great for: Budgets as this is a really expensive product compared to others.

Farmacy’s Honey Glow 17% Resurfacing Acid Serum is £47.60 on the Cult Beauty UK website/$65.69 on the Cult Beauty US website



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Sally Underwood is a journalist, *serious* beauty fan, and Editor-in-Chief of Live That Glow. Formerly Editorial Director of one of Europe's largest newspaper groups, Sally has been a beauty obsessive since her teen years spent dragging her long-suffering (but immaculately-groomed) friends around every beauty counter in London. She now leads Live That Glow's editorial operations.

Expertise: Skincare, Body care
Education: University College London

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