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Could This Cult Overnight Treatment Save Winter Skin?

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As part of a winter skincare switch up where I move away from the stronger actives my skin seems to cope with in summer to gentler ones, I’ve found there’s one mask I’ve been leaning on more than any other at night-time; my Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask.

However, and to the dismay of many customers, Glow Recipe discontinued their Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, replacing it with a Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment – a completely new formula that promises to level up your bedtime skincare routine.



This is new, up-to-date information. We updated this article in April 2024 to add further ways to use the product complete with updated prices.


Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment

Although its cult status and the addition of silicone and alcohol made me slightly sceptical about this when I first bought it, I really liked their Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask – a fruity gel mask that really came into its own for my skin.

It was the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask that inspired the brand to bring out their Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment, which the brand claims to reset “skin overnight with a concentrated 2.5% pH-balanced AHA complex that delivers powerful exfoliation, without irritation, while multi-weight hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, quinoa peptide, watermelon enzymes hydrate, brighten & firm so you can wake up to the smooth, glowing, even-toned skin of your dreams.”

I found the texture of the sleeping mask to feel silicone-y thanks to the addition of simethicone (its fifth ingredient), my main concern was that it might congest my skin (which silicones shouldn’t necessarily do but seem to sometimes with me), was proved unfounded. Instead, the mask delivered on its claims to leave my skin glowy and hydrated.

The previous mask also contained alcohol, however, it strangely seemed to be less irritating and more moisturising than some of the acid toners, moisturisers and masks I own that don’t contain alcohol.

The Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment contains many of the same superhero ingredients (more on this below), with the exception of simethicone – great news!


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On the Skin

Much like their discontinued sleeping mask, the AHA night treatment contains an array of AHAs – including glycolic and lactic acids – to gently slough away dead skin cells. And for winter exfoliation I think it’s the lactic acid (one of the gentlest AHAs) here, which seems to exfoliate without disrupting my skin’s moisture barrier.

AHAs, according to Healthline, “Are primarily used to exfoliate your skin. In fact, this is the foundation for all of the other benefits AHAs offer.

“Exfoliation refers to a process where the skin cells on the surface shed off. This helps remove dead skin cells but also makes way for new skin cell generation,” it adds.

To boost skin health, this mask also benefits from some powerful antioxidants in the form of watermelon, apple fruit extract, and moringa oleifera seed oil extracts to help tackle oxidative stress and support the skin’s natural regenerative process at night.

Finally, radish root ferment filtrate, which acts a bit like a probiotic, colonising the product with good bacteria that will keep the bad out.

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What other people have to say

The reviews for this are pretty glowing, with one customer on Cult Beauty saying “This is a great product to use before bedtime. It gives a hydration boost to the skin.”

While another says “Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment is a skincare gem that seamlessly combines effective ingredients with a luxurious experience.

“The gel-like texture, infused with watermelon extract, feels refreshing upon application. It’s a delightful addition to any nighttime routine, promising a sweet dream of glowing, revitalized skin.”


The Takeaway

Overall, as well as the skincare benefits, my sun-deprived senses can’t get enough of the watermelon scent here (which never fails to deliver summer vibes).

However, those sensitive to fruity scents may want to take a quick sniff before purchasing as it’s pretty noticeable.

Great for: A dewy glow.

Not-so-great for: Those who don’t like alcohol or fragrance.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment is £38.00 on the Cult Beauty UK website/$44 on the Glow Recipe US website.
Sun Sensitivity Warning: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.


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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
  • Tatjana CVEJIC


    So great review!!! I’ve heard great things about that mask and would love to try it!!! I don’t mind the scents, love good scent ?

    12th January 2020

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