Honeymoon Glow is the second Farmacy product that I have tried, and I continue to be impressed with their line! (The first product was Bright On, which I reviewed in this post.) This serum has honestly gone above and beyond my expectations, and I have been happily surprised by how much I truly like it. I got this specifically to address some congestion that was happening on my forehead, and I’m thrilled to report that this product has fulfilled its purpose. You might be wondering, “How exactly does this absolutely annihilate congestion so efficiently?” Allow me to share!
For a complete list of Honeymoon Glow’s ingredients, visit the Farmacy site. The most important ingredients in this formula are the AHA/BHA acids that perform the resurfacing. It has 10% AHA acids in the form of lactic, glycolic, and fruit acids. These work on the surface of the skin to exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal new skin from underneath. In doing so, they can reduce the appearance of fine lines and lighten hyperpigmentation. There is 1% BHA that comes from salicylic acid found in willow bark extract, and this works further down in your skin to help lessen the appearance of pores. The main difference between AHAs and BHAs is that AHAs are water-soluble, while BHAs are oil-soluble. Due to their ability to cut through oil, BHAs can get deeper into oil-clogged pores. This makes them ideal for dealing with acne and blackheads.
You’re probably thinking, “Melanie, that’s only 11%. Where is the other 3%?” Well, the last 3% of the acids come from a flower acid blend, the most prominent of which is the hibiscus flower. This blend provides light exfoliation while also moisturizing. Cool, right?
This is a nighttime product, and Farmacy recommends that you start out carefully (1-2 pumps 2-3 times a week) and slowly build up your use. This is sound advice as over-exfoliating can lead to a compromised skin barrier and irritation. Like most products that exfoliate, it can also increase the likelihood of sunburn, so you want to be liberal with your sunscreen when you use this serum!
The first thing that I noticed about Honeymoon Glow is that it smells like fall spice! I’m not sure what ingredients lend this festive smell, but it does have sugar maple extract, so maybe that’s part of it? I didn’t expect that at all, but I love it! It’s subtly enjoyable, and the scent doesn’t stick around or get in your face after you apply other products on top of it.
The serum soaks in quite quickly and leaves very little trace once it does. I haven’t noticed any stinging while applying, and the only time my face felt a little sensitized was one morning after applying a generous 2 pumps. After that, I just stuck to one pump’s worth, and my skin has felt completely fine.
Well, as I already mentioned in the intro, I am completely and utterly thrilled with the results I have seen with Honeymoon Glow. It wiped away the congestion I was having on my forehead, and it has helped get rid of blackheads I had around my cheekbones and chin. It was super satisfying to see those come to the surface and work their way out! This serum has been key in helping reduce the look of pores around my chin and on my forehead. I don’t know if it has done much for my nose, which is home to some of the most noticeable pores on my face. That area might require a stronger BHA to notice any real improvement.
I think the most difficult thing for me to accept about this product is the price. It’s $58 for 30ml/1oz of product, which is pretty steep by my standards. I was able to find it for $32 on Poshmark, which fit my budget much better. I most likely wouldn’t buy it for the full price, but rather continue to look for deals on it or attempt to find similar formulas at a better price point.
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