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Just to get that out of the way, the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer has nothing to do with the infamous Pink Sauce that caused so much drama in 2022. I mean, it has to be quite some drama that even I, who spends barely any time on TikTok (and if I do it is either comedy I am watching or Viking music) knows about it enough to make that association.
No, this Pink Juice is a hydrating lotion and, disclaimer, despite my resentment against anything pink, is one of my favorite things from the Glow Recipe line.
You can see what I think about the rest of the Glow Recipe skincare I tried here:
What the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer claims
Meet our best-selling Pink Juice Moisturizer–a lightweight, silky gel moisturizer that hydrates, plumps & soothes.
Facts about the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer
Prize and size
One glass bottle (it comes with a pump!) contains 60 ml and is available for 39 $ on the website here. There is also 95 ml for 49 $ and a travel size, which is what I got, with 25 ml for 21 $.
Texture and smell
Pink Juice is a great description for the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, as it is a powder pink light lotion that could pass as fruit juice. Compared to the other Glow Recipe products the scent in this one is more on the subtle side, but still is present and not my favorite.
How to use the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer
According to the website this moisturizer can be used both morning and night and I agree. It contains nothing that would make it unsuitable for either, so depending on your skin type and season both will work. In fact, it’s texture makes it both suitable as serum for dry skin under a richer moisturizer or as moisturizer for combination to oily skin types. It spreads like a dream without getting tacky and leaves the skin super soft, silky and hydrated. (More info: Does every skin need a moisturizer?)
I never had any issues with pilling either.
Ingredients of the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer
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The main humectant is Glycerin, paired with a little Hyaluronic Acid (More info: Hyaluronic Acid in skincare – More than a humectant?), and other than that there are a lot of plant extracts as well as Glutamic Acid, which acts as a humectant, and Beta-Glucan, which is soothing on the skin. (More info: The benefits of Colloidal Oatmeal in skincare explained)
From the plant extracts mainly the skin brightening Licorice Root Extract (More info: The best way to treat hyperpigmentation) stood out to me, but the name-giving Watermelon Fruit Extract rich in Vitamins and antioxidants should also be mentioned – how much of that actually transfers into the product though is a question I can’t answer. Even if it is at 90%, an extract of an already VERY watery vegetable has most likely a quite low concentration. (More info: How to read the ingredient list in your skincare products)
If the fragrance present is an issue for you is something you will have to decide for yourself. (More info: Is fragrance in skincare bad for you?)
Does it live up to its claims?
It is lightweight, it is hydration, that hydration gives you extra plumpness and it contains soothing ingredients like Beta-Glucan. That might of course be counteracted by the plant extracts if your skin is sensitive to that, but per se it counts.
How does it compare to…
The Inkey List Omega Water Cream
My review of The Inkey List Omega Water Cream was the first time on the blog I actually mentioned using a product called moisturizer as my serum step, despite having done it in the past as well. But it isn’t real until you wrote it on the internet, right? Just like the Glow Recipe Pink Juice this one sinks into the skin immediately and is oil-free, but The Inkey Lists version is, as expected, more affordable. It is also fragrance-free and contains no plant extracts. Instead there is Niacinamide, Omega 9 fatty acids and Glycosphingolipids as part of the natural cell membrane – by all objective parameters the better choice in my opinion.
It is however not pink, so that might be a factor that makes you chose the Glow Recipe version over The Inkey List anyway.
You can read my full review of The Inkey List Omega Water Cream here.
Murad Nutrient-Charged Water Gel
Murad’s gel moisturizer is pink, if that matters to you (we all know it shouldn’t, but sometimes it still does). It is also much more expensive than the Glow Recipe version, but has more skin beneficial ingredients like Ceramides or peptides (More info: The benefits of ceramides in skincare explained and Peptides in skincare explained), which might be what you are looking for, especially if your skin is more mature and hydration alone simply doesn’t cut it.
The Nutrient-Charged Water Gel isn’t one that I would use as a serum step though, it has silicones that work as emollient (More info: What is the difference between emollients and occlusives?) and depending on what you pair it with that could set you up for pilling.
I love it anyway, but especially if you are younger than I am, Glow Recipe might be the more sensible choice.
You can read my full review of Murad Nutrient-Charged Water Gel here.
Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer to?
Surprisingly yes, I could see myself repurchasing this moisturizer, as the texture is lovely on more oily skin in summer. In general I think it is better suited at those of you that are on the combination/ oily spectrum of skin types. If your skin is dry and not just dehydrated, it might work as serum before a heavier cream, but in general I think other products would be a better choice then.
As it focuses mainly on hydration, it is probably best for those in their teens, 20s and maybe early 30s, more mature skin will probably expect a little more. (More info: The best skincare routine for teenagers and The best skincare routine in your 20s)
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