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Glow Recipe by Sara Spruch-feiner - 1d ago

Even though sunscreen is essential year-round, the warmer months are a good time to reassess your sun-care routine. The good news is that no matter what your skin type or concerns, we’re living in the golden age of SPF. Gone are the days of chalky formulas that leave you looking more like Casper the Ghost than dewy goddess. And they aren’t a one-size-fits-all product — these days you can find a sun protection product to fit not only your skin type, but your skincare routine as well. Read on for our SPF picks for every need.

If you’re new to SPF altogether…

Well, first of all, welcome. Ten, twenty years from now, your skin will be very grateful you hopped on the SPF boat. Allow us to introduce you to one of our all-time favorite SPFs: the Make Pr:em Capsule Sun Gel. The best part of this hero product is its totally transparent, gel texture that is more reminiscent of a serum than anything you think of when you hear “SPF.” Birch sap, sea buckthorn, and sunflower seed extract add hydration and nourish skin. This product is so easy — and even fun — to use, thanks to this revolutionary texture. Like we said, SPF ain’t what it used to be.

If you’re all about that gwang…

The Korean term “gwang” refers to a glow cultivated entirely by skincare — no makeup necessary. Of course, to keep that glow going as you get older, you already know you need SPF. Earth’s Recipe Waterful Sun Gel SPF 50 PA +++ is the obvious go-to for our gwang-lovers. The texture lives up to the name: it melts into water as you rub it in and instantly hydrates the skin (soothing glycerin helps on that front). Another fun fact? Many beauty products feature water high on their ingredient list, but rather than plain old, regular water, this Sun Gel contains Harrogate sparkling water, which is known for its uber-high mineral content. This ultralight formula melts into the skin leaving a slightly luminous finish as it does.

If you’re gonna do a full face beat…

If SPF is simply your last step before foundation, concealer, highlighter, contour, eyeliner, mascara…etc., you’ll want something lightweight but grippy, to keep skin protected and makeup in tact even on the hottest days. For that, we love ID.AZ’s Dermastic Cica + SPF 30 PA++ Cushion. This adorable cushion compact dries totally matte and lays the groundwork for a seamless makeup application. That’s not all though: centella extract (also known as cica) soothes and calms while soybean extract ups your antioxidant protection. We suggest tossing this compact in your bag — not only is SPF reapplication crucial, but the tint-free formula won’t disrupt your ~lewk~ either.

If you’re a true minimalist…

For the girl who wants a no-frills suncare regimen, (think: cleanse, moisturize/protect, and go), let us introduce you to Dr. G’s Green Mild Up Sun SPF 50+ PA++++. This gentle formula is sensitive-skin approved. It’s a 100% physical sunblock, which means it creates a barrier atop the skin that works to scatter and deflect UVA and UVB rays. This lightweight lotion also contains some legit skin-nourishing ingredients so you can get your moisturizer and protection done with one product instead of two. Calming centella and hydrating chia seeds leave skin well taken care of. Also, rather than being hit with a strong whiff of that traditional SPF scent, this one smells a little herbal — in a good way!

So the next time you go to grab a sunscreen, check this guide!

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Just as anti-aging creams once ruled the beauty aisles, today’s product-of-choice is the lifting cream. Formulated to help counteract and diminish fun things like sagging and loss of elasticity that come with aging, these toning potions work to both strengthen and tighten your skin, but also rebuild its very structure for increased firmness. They’re like an intense barre class for your face.

Unfortunately, the majority of them are seriously lacking in the moisture department. And, since hydration also contributes to making skin look plump and bouncy, that’s kind of a big deal. Which is why when I tried ID.AZ Face Fit Lifting Cream, I had high expectations for the lifting aspect and mediocre expectations for its hydration capabilities. Well, Face Fit absolutely blew me away with how it transformed my skin, both in appearance and feel.

The formulation itself is creamy and elegant, leaving skin smooth, soft, and supple, without any stickiness or tackiness. The secret is in the formula: It has an optimal dose of niacinamide, aka vitamin B3, that tackles everything from uneven skin tone to large pores. It’s also the secret weapon that helps strengthen the skin’s surface and create that face-firming effect. A mix of natural antioxidants, including turmeric, white lily, and a rose hybrid protect the skin from the free radicals that can cause aging. As for that hydration, Face Fit has a healthy dose of macadamia seed oil that moisturizes skin without feeling greasy. Lotus flower extract also adds an extra hit of moisture and soothes irritated skin in the process.

Face Fit promises to do three things: Firm your complexion, increase elasticity and smoothing, and manage various age-related problems. After using it for a couple of weeks, I’d say it does the job beautifully.

I applied the cream morning and evening to half of my face, neck, and decolletage. The area where I slathered it on looked refreshed, hydrated, even glowy a full 12 hours later. Fine lines and discoloration were less prominent, while my skin experienced an ample hit of moisture that lasted long into the evening despite my distinct lack of reapplication.

Another great thing is that you really get the most bang for your buck as a little of this goes a long way. A pea-sized dollop of the cream, applied morning and evening with a little massage action (always work in an upwards motion) will rejuvenate your skin so that it feels healthier and brighter with a little more oomph. And couldn’t we all use a little more of that in our skincare routine?

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Getting rid of blackheads is a pain, sometimes literally. For many of us, our first experience with clearing out our pores was that not-so-gentle rip of a sticky nose strip. But physically yanking blackheads and pore gunk out of your skin is a seriously outdated beauty practice. There have been a lot of new innovations in the war against pores since then, and the latest is by far our favorite.

The Whamisa by Glow Studio Charcoal Chai Tea Pore Refining Glow Pads use a mix of charcoal and levulinic acid to gently exfoliate skin and refine pores in a way that doesn’t involve traumatizing your skin. But that’s not the only thing that makes them superior — thanks to antioxidant-rich chai tea, they also soothe and hydrate your skin, leaving it refreshed and majorly glowy.

Since the word “gentle” and “exfoliating” don’t always go hand-in-hand, we decided to have four Glow Recipe team members with very different skin types test drive the product to see what exactly this charcoal-and-chai overachiever could do for their skin. Here are their stories.


Yasmeen before using the Charcoal Chai Tea Pore Refining Glow Pads, and after one week of use.

Yasmeen Gharnit, Senior Manager of Content
Skin Type: Dry, Sensitive, and Redness-Prone
First Impression: I have really sensitive skin so I tend to approach any exfoliating product very cautiously. Luckily, I had no reason to be scared of these pads. The formula was super-gentle and made my skin feel hydrated and nourished instead of stripped. I was glowing, even hours later.
One Week Later: My skin is definitely more radiant than it was before I started using this product. It’s been absorbing my other skin-care products better and feels a lot smoother. After the first use, I started to gently rinse the product off with water, which is definitely the way to go for my skin. People with normal or dry skin types can leave the product on and just skip to the next step in their routine, but since my skin is so reactive, washing it off gave me the results I wanted but without any potential for irritation. I’ve also started to wear sunscreen whenever I leave the house (a step I admittedly skipped too often) because it contains sun-sensitive levulinic acid, which feels like a huge, positive life change. My mother is very proud.
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Talyah before using the Charcoal Chai Tea Pore Refining Glow Pads, and after one week of use.

Talyah Falabella, Senior Manager of Digital Experience
Skin Type: Normal
First Impression: I’ve never used peeling pads before (they sound too scary to me!) so I usually opt to use a physical grain exfoliator. But after using these, I am converted. My face was instantly glowing and I could feel it working its magic instantly.
One Week Later: My skin is radiant and has never felt smoother. My mum even commented on my skin and how good it looked while I was FaceTiming with her. A glow that can be seen internationally? I’m sold.
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Yeji before using the Charcoal Chai Tea Pore Refining Glow Pads, and after one week of use.

Yeji Yang, Content Creator
Skin Type: Oily and Acne-Prone
First Impression: Usually products that claim to be pore refining (any pore strips, exfoliating cleansers, etc.) strip my skin without doing much for my pores. However, these pads did everything they claimed to do, and more. Its magical formula left my skin feeling squeaky clean and so glowy and hydrated. The cotton pads have a slip for your fingers, meaning it was effortless to get every inch of my face and neck (and also my elbows and knees, considering the generous amount of product in each pad). When I lightly rinsed off the remaining product, I was left with instantly smooth, dewy skin.
One Week Later: I am, without a doubt, addicted to this product. I’ve been using them twice a week as part of my regular routine and I can see the effects of their magic even on days when I don’t use them. I’ve noticed a huge change in the appearance of my pores — they’re a lot more refined and tiny, just how I want them!
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Stevie before using the Charcoal Chai Tea Pore Refining Glow Pads, and after one week of use.

Stevie Chong, Senior PR Manager
Skin Type: Combination and Redness-Prone
First Impression: I immediately noticed my skin looked brighter and glowier. I loved that I didn’t need to rinse off after use and could go straight to my toner step. These pads are literally #skingoals in just 15 seconds.
One Week Later: My skin looks so much clearer and brighter after just one week. These holy grail pads even helped soothe my skin and tone down my redness, which I’ve been struggling with for a few years now.
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If you have even remotely sensitive skin, the phrase “peel pad” can conjure up some pretty scary memories from one bad experience with an acid-soaked cotton round. We’re talking red T-zone, stinging cheeks, and flaky, patchy skin. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, if your exfoliating process is painful, you’re doing it wrong.

The key is to find a treatment that’s free of alcohol, synthetic dyes, and fragrances, and that uses natural — but still potent — ingredients to gently even skin tone. The new Whamisa by Glow Studio Charcoal Chai Tea Pore Refining Glow Pads fit the bill, targeting dull, uneven texture with three heavy hitters: aspalathus linearis leaf extract (that’s chai tea, for the non-botanists in the house), charcoal powder, and levulinic acid.

If you’ve ever put a tea bag under your tired eyes, you know how effective the stuff is at taking down puffiness and diminishing the appearance of dark circles. That’s because tea is full of antioxidants and caffeine that reduce inflammation and shrink blood vessels. When it’s the very first ingredient in the list, it’s safe to say you can push your red-skin worries aside. While the chai is soothing, the charcoal powder in the formula is drawing out bacteria and accumulated particulate matter (like dirt, cigarette smoke, pollution fumes, and pollen) and the levulinic acid is buffing away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter tone.

As with any exfoliant, there is potential to go overboard if you don’t follow instructions. Limit your use of the pads to once or twice a week after cleansing, preferably at night, since you’ll be more sensitive to sun exposure after. (You should always be wearing SPF, but it’s a must if you’re using any sort of acid in your routine.) You’ll likely notice an improvement in radiance after just one use, but stick with it for a few weeks to really see the magic.

Oh, and not that it really matters, but yes: The faintly spicy herbal scent will make you crave a big pot of chai tea, so you better have a kettle handy, too.

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Like any good beauty editor, I always preach the importance of washing your face. In addition to getting rid of all the bacteria and grime that accumulates on your skin throughout the day, a clean canvas ensures the rest of your skincare products will be able to perform at their best. Despite knowing this, though, I’m guilty of occasionally — gasp! — falling asleep without removing my makeup, and I pretty much never cleanse my face in the morning unless I take a shower. When I sheepishly admit this to dermatologists, they almost all, without fail, tell me go the makeup-wipe-remover route. “Just keep a pack next to your bed, and use one when you’re too lazy to do a full cleanse,” they all tell me.

While I understand that something is better than nothing, my problem with wipes is two-fold: They never really get rid of everything lurking on my face, and yet they still manage to leave it feeling stripped (think: squeaky clean without actually being squeaky clean). And TBH, it never occurs to me to use one in the morning — probably because they’re so often billed as “makeup removers.”

The latest brand to land at Glow Recipe — Harumada — is poised to change that. The line is all about providing results-oriented skincare products that fit into your busy lifestyle. (i.e., it’s the perfect fit for lazy beauty lovers like me.) To wit, Harumada’s take on the traditional wipe is more akin to a convenient way to double cleanse than a mere makeup remover. It offers two versions: the Triple Balance One Step Cleansing Foam Pad and the Triple Balance Morning Cleansing Pad. Both are triple-layered, 100-percent cotton pads soaked in hydrating hyaluronic acid and micellar cleansing ingredients [read: tiny oil molecules that latch on to surface oil and grime so they can be wiped away, no water needed].

I tested the Cleansing Foam Pad, which is actually more like a mini mitt for your fingers and is soft on one side and slightly bumpy on the other for gentle exfoliation, at night. As the name suggests, it really did transform from a cleansing water into a cleansing foam almost instantaneously and removed every trace of makeup and dirt in seconds. I did find out that unlike a wipe, though, I had to get out of bed to rinse my face. Still, it took significantly less time and mess than doing a full double cleanse.

When I woke up the next day, I wiped down my face with the Morning Cleansing Pad. I was skeptical because my face already felt clean from the Foam Pad the night before, but any doubts I had were, well, wiped away in a single swipe. The Morning Pad, which Harumada claims will “optimize your skin before makeup,” is a fluffy, fully drenched circle of hypoallergenic cotton. The cooling sensation against my skin was so refreshing that I went over my face way more times than I needed to, and when I was done, there was still so much product left on the pad that I ran it over my neck and décolletage and down each arm. The hydrating effects were instantaneous — so much so that I almost forgot to apply serum. From now on I’ll be keeping a stash of these next to my bed to use first thing in the morning.

Anyone else love a good lazy-girl beauty hack? Are you excited to try these cleansing pads?

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Whenever someone asks me how to improve their skin, the first thing I do is analyze their cleansing habits. Are they using the right products? Are they following the 1+1 rule? Are they patting after, or are they drying their skin with a harsh towel? I’ve found that time and time again, the way to kickstart a better, more effective skincare routine is to start with a good cleanse. After all, you aren’t doing your subsequent products justice if you’re not setting the stage for them to be properly absorbed.

When a few beauty junkie friends in Korea told us about a new brand called Harumada, we were intrigued. A brand that’s so obsessed with cleansing that they launched with two cleansing products? We had to try them. My only reservation was that I’ve never been a fan of cleansing wipes, especially how vigorously you have to rub it on the skin to remove makeup. But they assured me that these cleansing pads aren’t at all like any wipes on the market. And they were right — they’re basically a “cleansing facial” in a pad.

When I first tested the Harumada Morning Cleansing Pad, the first thing I noticed was how plush the cotton was. The fabric’s high quality helps to minimize friction and ensure that each pad is fully soaked in the cleansing treatment. My skin felt soft, refreshed, and bouncy afterwards.

The Triple Balance One-Step Cleansing Pad was the easiest double cleanse I’ve ever done. As I gently rubbed the pad into my skin, it started to bubble and it was a breeze to take off my makeup and sunscreen. Afterwards, my skin felt deeply cleansed and looked brighter without any tightness.

Sarah and I have been using both Harumada pads regularly in our routine for months now, and it has totally changed the way we approach cleansing. I love that these gentle, sulfate-free pads are dual-sided with both cleansing and treatment benefits and how they make on-the-go cleansing so easy.

The Breakdown

How to Use the Morning Cleansing Pad
Gently sweep the light blue microfiber side over skin to unclog and cleanse, then the use the white 100% cotton side to tone and treat. Gently rinse with cool water afterwards.

When Do I Use the Pad?
– In the morning.
– Before I dash to the gym after work. (I hate working out with makeup on!)
– If I’ve been running around the city all day and need a quick refresh before reapplying skincare and makeup for an evening meeting.
– I always keep one in my bag for a quick cleanse before I #maskeverywhere. It’s a much easier alternative to carrying a cotton round soaked in cleansing water.

How to Use the Triple Balance One-Step Cleansing Pad
I use the embossed microfiber side in circular motions to deep cleanse (you’ll see the pad start to foam), then use the 100% cotton side to tone and treat. I’ve also used it to remove eye makeup – gently swipe so that you don’t get it in your eyes! Rinse with cool water afterwards.

When Do I Use the Pad?
– At night, when I’m too tired to do a full double cleanse.
– As a leak-proof travel essential. I recently went on a weekend trip and just threw two of these pads in my bag instead of a cleanser tube.
– Whenever I feel like my skin needs softening but is too sensitive to handle a traditional scrub or acid formula. It leaves my skin perfectly balanced and smooth.

Harumada Cleansing Pad Key Ingredients: Sage Extract, Lemon Balm Leaf Extract, Rose Hip

We can’t wait for you to try our newest brand curation. Comment below with your feedback!

Get your glow on,
Christine

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Glow Recipe by The Glow Recipe Team - 1w ago

You don’t need to raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by acne, rosacea, eczema, product formulas, or aggressive environmental conditions — we know all but a lucky few of you have. The good news is that there’s a solution you might not have tried yet for your redness and irritation, and it doesn’t involve a trust fall.

Centella asiatica, also known as Tiger Grass, is by no means a new ingredient — it’s an Asian plant that’s been used in skin care for centuries, ever since, as legend holds, Laotian villagers discovered tigers rolling in it to heal their battle wounds — but it’s popping up everywhere lately. And for good reason: The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant-rich herb will help just about every skin concern.

According to dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, “Centella asiatica is beneficial in treating dry, irritated, and inflamed skin as well as providing anti-aging benefits. Whether you are looking for general hydration or need to help calm inflammation, it can be used broadly regardless of your skin type. I commonly recommend it to my patients with eczema.” And it’s an ingredient you can use year-round, he says, because it’ll heal wind- and- cold-battered skin in the winter, and it won’t make you more sensitive to the sun in the summer. Plus, if centella is in the product, it’s a safe bet that plenty of other botanicals and collagen stimulators are, too; it pairs especially well with green tea, ceramides, vitamins A and C, and omega-3 fatty acids.

It may be most commonly called cica cream, but the coolest new formulas featuring the skin-soother go beyond the texture and take the form of innovative serums, sunscreens, and sheet masks. Check out some of our favorites below.  

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask, $8


If soft, bright, hydrated skin is what you’re after (and it is) and you want it in 10 minutes time (and you do), our translucent jelly mask is the ticket. Antioxidant-rich watermelon extract is the star of the show, but the mask’s powers are amplified by hyaluronic acid to strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier and centella asiatica to calm any redness on contact. Stash a couple in the fridge for the ultimate post-beach chill treatment.

Yuripibu Asiatica Calming Ampoule, $38

Looking to boost your skincare routine in one easy step? Of course you are! Don’t be surprised if you start referring to this new lightweight concentrated ampoule as your “skincare soulmate.” Formulated with 95% centella asiatica extract, this water-free silky serum helps calm irritated skin and absorbs in a few seconds. If you have sensitive, combination, or blemish-prone skin, just pat a dime-sized amount in after cleansing and toning. It’s that easy.

ID.AZ Dermastic+ SPF 30 PA++ Cushion, $40


Reapplying sunscreen to your face throughout the day is crucial, but it’s also easier said than done — because who wants to rub white liquid all over their perfectly applied base makeup every few hours? This cushion SPF takes the potential mess factor out of the equation. Just press down on it with the puff, then tap (no need to rub) it on skin. No sticky fingers, no smeared foundation, no sun damage — you officially have no excuses left.   

Yuripibu Asiatica Calming Lotion, $36


Centella asiatica is the first ingredient on this lotion’s long list of anti-inflammatory plant and fruit extracts —the healing herb makes up over 80% of the formula. Ultra-lightweight and free of parabens and synthetic dyes, it’s ideal for combination and acne-prone skin types, or just anyone looking for a silky moisturizer that absorbs in seconds on crazed mornings.  

Make P:rem Micro Oil Serum, $44


We love a beauty product with a party trick, like this serum that transforms textures from milky to oil as you massage it into your skin. The real ta-da moment, though, is the lasting glow it leaves behind, all thanks to gentle, reparative ingredients like olive and macadamia oil, berry extract, and — you guessed it — centella.

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Glow Recipe by Rachel Jacoby Zoldan - 2w ago

In case you haven’t had a chance to experience it yet (if so, what are you waiting for?!?), let us be the first to tell you that our new Watermelon Glow Jelly Mask is all kinds of amazing. Not only does it have the same skin-saving watermelon extract as its sister products, but it does so in a super-cool way. The two-piece mask is made from fermented watermelon and natto gum, so it boosts exceptional ingredient penetration while also perfectly conforming to the skin. And while it’s fantastic for your skin on its own, if you want to go all in, there are a few easy ways to maximize your masking.

Here are the skincare steps you can take to make the most out of this melon.

Get A Clean Start

In order to make sure your skin is ready and available to soak up the Watermelon Jelly Mask’s goodness, you need a blank slate. Opt for a foaming cleanser (as opposed to an oil-based one) such as Make Pr:em Safe Relief Cleansing Foam ($20), which not only removes makeup, but also wipes away grime, dirt, and bacteria without being harsh on even the most sensitive of complexions.

Smooth Things Over

The same rule above applies here: To ensure maximum absorption, all the pore gunk has got to go. And while a cleanser will remove the dirt on the surface, an exfoliant will help remove pesky dead skin cells that need to be detached manually  — with the added bonus of a brighter complexion. The innovative Whamisa by Glow Studio Charcoal Chai Tea Glow Pore Refining Glow Pads ($25) gently buffs away flakes and dry patches while activated charcoal purges pores of any excess sebum or oil.

Get An Added Beauty Boost

An easy way to make your mask work overtime (without any effort) is to layer a concentrated serum, ampoule, or booster underneath. June’s Glow Gamechanger, our Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer ($39), weightlessly floods the skin with vitamins and hyaluronic acid — and also happens to be a great everyday serum for those who are on the drier side.

Eye On The Prize

Use a separate mask on the eye area. Not only is the idea of layering different sheet masks just fun, it’s also great when you’re looking for a full face treatment. The Wish Formula Bat Essence Eye Mask ($4) will make you feel like a comic-book hero (not to mention give you some serious Instagram content candy), but also treats the more delicate skin around the eyes with depuffing soybean and brightening licorice extract.

Roll With It

You’ve maybe tried a facial roller before, but have you ever used it in tandem with a sheet mask? You should. With a tool like Skin Gym’s Rose Quartz Facial Roller ($28), you’re able to gently press the mask into skin, increasing the absorption of protective antioxidants and amping up the cooling and soothing effects of hero ingredient, centella asiatica. If your skin is red or inflamed — or just overheated, which is pretty much everyone in the summer — the roller-and-jelly-mask combo is going to change your life.

Seal The Deal

A full skin-care routine is a great thing, but all your efforts won’t be as efficacious as possible unless an occlusive or humectant-based product is used as your final step. These types of ingredients act as a barrier between the skin and the environment, locking in the mask’s benefits, but also helping to protect it from pollution, light, and other external factors. Ausome Moisturizing Mist ($38) contains inflammation-reducing rosewater and carrot seed oil, which coats the complexion and creates that barrier.

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We all have them; we’d all like not to. For many of us with oily or combination skin, blackheads are a cruel, unjust reality. They are to your face what trolls are to the online arena: all over the place and totally uninvited.

The cause of blackheads is simple enough; they’re caused by excess oils that have accumulated in a widened hair follicle. But the upkeep and extractions to keep that oil and skin debris from forming in its natural habitat (aka your pores) can feel like a full-time job. Facials can help, but in the absence of the right products, they’re just half the battle. There are so many items on the market that promise to magically eradicate them, but anyone who’s afflicted can tell you that precious few really do the job.

Fortunately, K-beauty has pore gunk control on lock. Here, our best blackhead busters that help dissolve those pesky pore clogs and keep skin clear.

Double Cleanse

The first rule of avoiding clogged pores is double cleansing to get rid of makeup, dirt, oil, and pollution at night before bed. Yuri Pibu Grante Cleansing Oil is our pick; its green tea-infused formula gently removes makeup to keep skin balanced and fresh. It’s free of mineral oils and deep cleans pores while soothing skin. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants. After, apply your cleanser to damp skin and rinse well, especially around the hairline, as blackheads can appear if makeup gets stuck there.

Weekly Peel

A weekly peel will also keep blackheads at bay. Whamisa Organic Seeds Peeling Finger Mitt is a perfectly portioned treatment, so you can keep the guesswork out of how much formula you need to clarify congested pores. It contains rice and barley extract to brighten and pore-purifying BHA (salicylic acid) to dislodge dead skin cells and impurities in the deeper layers of the skin. The peel also boasts natural fermented organic seeds and organic rice to make sure your pores stay clog-free.

Apply Charcoal

Charcoal is so good at absorbing toxins, it’s even administered internally in emergency rooms to patients who have ingested poisonous substances. It often makes a cameo in skin care and we love it in a sheet mask, like the Eight Wonders Choc Choc Black Propolis Sheet Mask. Smooth it onto your face and leave it on for 15 minutes while you Netflix. The skin-detoxifying and clarifying bamboo charcoal formula replenishes skin with propolis and hyaluronic acid for instant glow and hydration.

Clay Away

A clarifying clay mask and foaming cleanser in one, this multi-tasking overachiever is great to take on weekend jaunts to sunny locales this summer for brightening and toning on the go. Make P:Rem’s Radiance Cleansing Pack cleanses pores with kaolin clay, which acts as a magnet to attract impurities and deep cleanse the pores without drying your skin. It also contains vitamin C to brighten and apple extract to even out skin tone.

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With the amount of sheet masks the Glow Recipe team has discovered and tested over the years, we’re pretty much PhD’s in masking. Paper, cotton, hydrogel, cellulose — heck, even algae — our team has tried and loved them all. But, it’s always felt like something was missing. That something? Watermelon, of course.

Which is why today GR is absolutely wiggling with excitement for you to meet the newest member of the growing Watermelon Glow family. Introducing the Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask. You probably already know the Watermelon Sleeping Mask and the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer  — if you don’t, I highly recommend checking them out — and how great our favorite fruit is for the skin. This version of the sheet mask takes everything you love about Watermelon Glow and puts it in the coolest, most innovative form yet.

And having an inside track, I was able to get my hands (face?) on one early so I can tell you firsthand why there is not a more perfect mask to have in your stash this summer.

As long as Glow Recipe has been creating its own products, founders Sarah and Christine have sought to “develop formulas that condense what we love about Korean skincare,” which is why this sheet mask is a step above the average cotton sheaths you’re used to. The watermelon mask is transparent — all the better for masking in public. It also comes in two pieces for an improved fit. Oh, did we mention that it’s made from pressed watermelons? It’s kind of the coolest thing ever, IMHO.

And, it’s an absolute dream to use. I wore the mask and set my phone timer to 10 minutes. I was seriously impressed by the mask’s no-slip fit, but even better, the thin gel stayed cool the whole time. In fact, when my phone started beeping at me, I hung out an extra five minutes before removing the mask. It was pushing 80 degrees outside, so it was super refreshing, and I was in no hurry to take it off.

Once I did (begrudgingly) remove it, I was almost dazzled by the dewy radiance it imparted on my complexion. My skin was soft, glowing, even, and soothed — pretty much everything you could possibly ask for in a masking treatment.

While watermelon is obviously the hero ingredient here (and the first on the list which means it’s highly concentrated), it’s not the only one to be excited about. In addition to our favorite summer fruit, (and by the way, the mask has the same addictive Jolly Rancher smell as its sibling products), there are a few other must-knows to shout out. It’s also got centella asiatica — a herbaceous healing plant that is having a serious skincare moment — and everyone’s favorite skin-plumper and hydrator, hyaluronic acid.

And, because it’s basically transparent, you can legit mask anywhere, anytime. Try it in a yoga class, at your desk, your commute — sky is the limit, folks.

Get your hands on it now (you know it’s going to sell out and you definitely want to get it first) and show us where you invisi-mask by posting on social with #youjelly. Your summer plans just got a whole lot juicier.

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