Glow Recipe: Natural Korean Beauty Products
With a focus on real watermelon, these potions and lotions will hydrate and boost your glow
by Sun Bak
Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, the minds behind Glow Recipe, have brought their favorite, hard-to-find Korean skincare products to the US market—all of which incorporate tech and ingredients that aren't typical in most department store items. Their in-house line, Glow Recipe, is made up of just four powerful products (as Lee and Chang spend a bulk of their time researching how to approach skincare effectively in new ways, rather than repackage what's already been done). The key ingredient happens to be antioxidant-rich watermelon, and their latest product finds a way for it to hydrate skin.
The new Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask stands out from other masks in several distinct ways. Immediately noticeable is that it's not opaque—avoiding the creepy mummy or "Friday the 13th" appearance. Plus, it comes in two separate pieces, rather than one sheet with cut-out holes, to fit more face shapes and sizes.
"Most sheet masks on the market utilize a fiber mask to act as a carrier for the serum. With our Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask, not only is it drenched in a full bottle of watermelon serum, but the sheet itself provides hydrating and soothing benefits to the skin," Lee tells CH. "We worked with our lab in Korea to ‘gelify’ watermelon extract to maximize the hydrating and antioxidant properties of watermelon and combined it with natto gum, or fermented soy bean, to strengthen and brighten the skin as well." Furthermore, the pink tint in the sheet mask is from the watermelon—no synthetic dyes were added; that goes for two other watermelon products in the Glow Recipe line, too.
As for performance, one mask session "delivers all the antioxidant-rich benefits of watermelon, as well as hyaluronic acid, to deeply penetrate skin with hydration," says Chang. We can also attest to how cooling and refreshing it feels on a hot day.
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