If you want smooth, glowing skin, chemical exfoliation is a must—and one of the most popular chemical exfoliants amongst skincare enthusiasts is Farmacy Beauty’s Honeymoon Glow, an AHA serum with honey.
I’ve heard so many of my fellow beauty gurus rave about what this has done for their skin, but was always a little hesitant to try it as my combination skin can be quite sensitive, and I was nervous about the strength of the acids.
But when Lindsay asked me if I wanted to try it out for a review post, I decided it was finally time to see what all the hype was about.
Farmacy Beauty Background
Farmacy Beauty is a best-selling skincare brand with many well-loved products, like their infamous Green Clean cleansing balm and Honey Potion mask. They describe themselves as “farmer cultivated and scientist activated.” They use ingredients found in nature such as honey to create effective, potent formulas.
While I haven’t loved every product from Farmacy, I have on the whole found many to work quite well for my skin. I’m also always impressed by their packaging (which is both sustainable and cute!) and their innovation.
Farmacy Beauty Honeymoon Glow Review
Honeymoon Glow is good for anyone in search of a quality chemical exfoliant. It’s a particularly great option for people with sensitive skin, since it has honey in the formula, and those struggling with hyperpigmentation.
What Does Honeymoon Glow Do?
This 14% AHA/BHA/gentle flower acid blend is a triple threat:
- it resurfaces
- and clarifies dull skin to give a healthy, natural glow
A blend of alpha hydroxy acids (lactic, glycolic, citric, and fruit acids)
- exfoliates dead skin
- promotes cell renewal
- targets hyperpigmentation
- reduces the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles
The beta-hydroxy acid, sourced from willow bark, helps to:
- diminish the appearance of pores
Hyaluronic acid and honey help to:
- keep skin hydrated by balancing out the acids in the formula
So in short…the product has a lot of benefits.
Farmacy Beauty Honeymoon Glow is $58 for a 30ml/1 oz bottle.
How to Use Honeymoon Glow
- Wash your face.
- Apply a generous layer (1-2 pumps) at night, avoiding eyes and lips.
- Use 2-3 times a week, and always make sure to wear sunscreen the following day, since AHAs increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
I started out using it twice a week to be safe, as my skin is sensitive, but worked up to three times a week with no issues.
Overall, I was impressed with Honeymoon Glow.
After three weeks of using it 2-3 times a week in my evening routine, my skin felt smoother and clearer. It also helped immensely with my cystic acne that I get around my jawline.
I liked the creamy texture as I don’t see many chemical exfoliants with a thicker consistency.
One downside is that it did tend to make my cheeks look very red, but they didn’t feel hot or irritated.
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Before & After:
Farmacy Beauty Honeymoon Glow vs. Sunday Riley Good Genes
Sunday Riley’s Good Genes is another very popular chemical exfoliant.
However, when I used it I didn’t see any results—I’m thinking possibly because lactic acid is known to be a somewhat gentler AHA, and maybe it wasn’t enough to change my skin.
I would definitely choose Honeymoon Glow over Sunday Riley Good Genes based on my testing.
Farmacy Beauty Honeymoon Glow vs. Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos
Drunk Elephant’s TLC Framboos is a great chemical exfoliant. When I was using it, I experienced no irritation and it kept my skin looking smooth.
However, between the two, Honeymoon Glow wins for me. I prefer Honeymoon Glow’s creamier texture, and it is less expensive (while still being effective.)
Check out our detailed review of TLC Framboos and other Drunk Elephant products.
After three weeks, it is safe to say that I will be keeping Honeymoon Glow in my routine, especially given how frequently I get hormonal acne around my jawline.
Using it three nights a week effectively eliminated that acne and noticeably improved the texture and overall tone of my skin.
As a skincare reviewer, it’s also important to me that it played well with my other products that I use—which it did.
I would recommend it to anyone looking for an effective chemical exfoliant, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Amber Broder is the founder of AmberSkinCareDiary.com. When she isn’t studying or riding horses, she can be found testing, researching & reviewing skincare products. You can read more of her product reviews on her Instagram or her blog.
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