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Reviewing Farmacy's Honeymoon Glow

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 Honeymoon Glow, a blend of acids promising to brighten skin to dewy perfection.

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow

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

Farmacy Beauty Honeymoon Glow

Gentle because despite the multiple acids here, the addition of hyaluronic acid, grapeseed oil, honey extract and meadowfoam seed oil add a shot of hydration and moisture.

The Full List of Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid, Propanediol, Jojoba Esters, Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Honey Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Sclerotium Gum, Coco-Glucoside, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Gluconolactone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, T-Butyl Alcohol, Glucose, Calcium Gluconate, Citral


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 glow of having used an acid the night before, 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 over use, rather than the instant results of perhaps a stronger acid.

And although that may sound like a criticism, for me this is actually where Honeymoon 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 citric acid for pigmentation and salicylic acid for pore unclogging) means that I would think most types would be able to make use of this.

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 £55. For a gentle acid alternative (although more basic and sadly without salicylic acid) 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 Honeymoon Glow is £55 for 30 ml, Cult Beauty UK and $58 for 1 oz/ 30 ml, Sephora US

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