Is the New Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment Worth the Hype?
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Nothing excites me like Glow Recipe announcing a new product to their lineup. For days I kept guessing if the next product launch would incorporate a new fruit or a completely different ingredient. So I was slightly disappointed when Glow Recipe announced that the new Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment was a revamp of their original sleeping mask. Don’t get me wrong; I love that sleeping mask. It was the product that made me a Glow Recipe fan. But I had to wonder, is this new night treatment really that different?

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment

How is the Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment different?

Glow Recipe Co-CEO and Co-Founder Sarah Lee said, “After listening to our customers and playing around with different ingredients, we realized we created an entirely new treatment with advanced technology.”

The original mask included ingredients such as AHA, hyaluronic acid, and peony and licorice root extracts. The new treatment is a boosted version of the original and consists of a 2.5% pH-balanced AHA complex that is as powerful as 10% Glycolic acid. If you aren’t familiar with Alpha Hydroxy Acids, 10% is potent! The best part of the formulation is that it doesn’t irritate because the exfoliants release at a slower rate than traditional AHAs, making it an excellent exfoliant for sensitive skin.

There are also seven weights of hyaluronic acid to penetrate and hydrate the skin at the deepest layer. Last but not least, they replaced the peony and licorice extracts with niacinamide and quinoa peptide to help brighten, firm and even out your complexion.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment Comparison

The experience

Given that I had my doubts, I had to put this product to the test against my original sleeping mask. To be fully transparent, I purchased this product with my own money. I used my original mask three times a week, and the following week I used the new version three times. This isn’t enough time to see long-term results, but I did notice some differences.

I noticed that the AHA Night Treatment had a thicker gel consistency. The new version also didn’t form a thin veil of oil at the top like the original and sank into my skin while it was still pillow-proof. I woke up with the same glowing skin but didn’t have “spiderwebs” across my face, which was one of the biggest complaints among users of the original sleeping mask. Honestly, the sticky and stringy residue wasn’t a deal breaker, but it was nice not to deal with it. Even though I woke up with glowing skin from both products, my face felt hydrated and plump throughout the day with the newer version. The only thing I missed was that iconic watermelon Jolly Rancher smell.

What are the ingredients?

I’m super impressed with all the ingredients, especially since all of their hero ingredients are closer to the top of the INCI list.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment Ingredient List

How to use the Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment?

The night treatment can be used as your last step in your skincare routine or as your nighttime moisturizer. I would apply a quarter-size amount of product all over your face 30 minutes before you go to bed. In the morning, wash your face and continue your morning skincare routine. Since this is an AHA treatment, it is recommended that you use this mask twice a week until you build up a tolerance, and follow up with sunscreen as the last step of your AM routine.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment Infographic

My final verdict

You don’t need a sleeping mask in your routine, but the Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment is a leveled-up version of the original. I’ve noticed plump and glowy skin with just a couple of uses. I love that this technology is a slow release of AHA, so it’s gentle for daily exfoliation. I also love that it has peptides to firm up the skin and niacinamide to fade my post-acne hyperpigmentation. So if you loved Glow Recipe’s OG sleeping mask, the new night treatment is even better!

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