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Reviewing Glow's Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

Could This Cult Mask 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.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

And although its cult status and the addition of silicone and alcohol made me slightly sceptical about this when I first bought it a few months ago, this fruity gel mask has really come into its own for my skin.

Despite the fact that I find its texture does 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), has proved unfounded. Instead, this mask has so far delivered on its claims to leave my skin glowy and hydrated.

And despite the addition of alcohol, it also strangely seems to be less irritating and more moisturising than some of the acid toners, moisturisers and masks I own that don’t contain alcohol.

On the Skin

Instead, an array of AHAs-including glycolic and lactic acids- 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 slough away dead skin cells without seeming to disrupt 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, pomegranate, banana and pumpkin fruit extracts to help tackle oxidative stress and support the skin’s natural regenerative process at night.

Finally, liquorice root extract (one of my favourite ingredients) also makes an appearance, to help even out skin tone.

The Full List of Ingredients

Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caulerpa Lentillifera Extract, Simethicone, Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract, Silica, Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum Fruit Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata Leaf Extract, Ipomoea Batatas Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Betaine, Beta-Glucan, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Parfum

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 silicone, alcohol or fragrance.



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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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