Review: Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum, which I’ve been using this for the past three months. Sometimes I find it really hard to test skincare out, because most skincare products take a month or two of regular use to see any results. After using it for a few months, I feel like I can finally do a thorough review!

Alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs, are one of my favourite skincare products. They just do so much good for the skin! I had been using the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and I was really enjoying it. As most of us know, Drunk Elephant is quite pricey, and I was looking for a more affordable AHA. I had only tried two Farmacy products before this, but I loved them both. I was seeing the Honeymoon Glow all over the internet, so I decided to give this a try!

As a note, I have dry skin all year round. It is not acne-prone or particularly sensitive. My main skincare issues are dry, flaky spots, redness, hyperpigmentation, and off-and-on textured skin as a result of bumps that won’t go away unless I squeeze them.

Flatlay shot of Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum with box

THE BASICS

Farmacy is named as such due to its “farm-to-face” formula. The brand sources its ingredients from local, organic farms, and uses sustainable, recyclable packaging. Farmacy is a clean and cruelty-free brand, and its products have no synthetic fragrance, preservatives, or mineral oils.

The Honeymoon Glow is a 14% AHA/BHA (alpha-hydroxy acid/beta-hydroxy acid) chemical exfoliant that resurfaces, hydrates, and clarifies the skin. It helps to reduce the look of fine lines, fades hyperpigmentation, and promotes cell renewal by sloughing off dead skin cells.

This 10% AHA blend in the Honeymoon Glow consists of glycolic, lactic, and fruit acids (hibiscus), the 1% BHA blend consists of willowbark and salicylic acid, and the 3% flower acid consists of hibiscus flower. Farmacy is known for including honey in its products, and this exfoliator is no different. Honey is an anti-inflammatory and is a great addition to the ingredient list, as it helps to soothe your skin and balance it with the more irritating acids. The  honey ingredients included in the Honeymoon Glow are propolis extract and royal jelly extract. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which helps to keep your skin from moisture loss after using all of these exfoliating ingredients.

The Honeymoon Glow is made in the USA and retails at $77 CAD for 30 mL. The Honeymoon Glow can be purchased at Sephora, Beautylish, and the Farmacy website.

In terms of price, this is on the less pricier side, especially when compared to the two other chemical exfoliants that it is most commonly compared to:

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The ingredients in these three exfoliators are not all the same, but they are more or less comparable. As you can see, the Honeymoon Glow is almost half the price of the Sunday Riley Good Genes!

 

Closeup shot of Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum pump

THE PACKAGING

The Honeymoon Glow serum comes in a heavy glass bottle with a white pump and a gold cap. The packaging feels really luxurious. The pump is easy to control, and never dispenses too much product. I love the aesthetics of Farmacy’s skincare products in general!

 

THE FORMULA

The instructions on the back of this product say to use 1-2 pumps each time, and use it 1-3 times a week before building up usage. For my smaller face, a little less than 1 pump covers my whole face. The serum has an almost gel-like consistency that is easy to spread all over the face. It has the slightest tacky feel right after you apply it, but it dries down and absorbs into the skin almost immediately, at which point I apply my next product on top.

This serum has a very faint scent that disappears upon application. The scent smells exactly like a honey lip balm that I had as teen, and is not something that anyone would find too strong or bothersome.

 

Texture shot of Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum

THE PERFORMANCE

Like any exfoliator, you are not going to see any immediate results with this. It took a few weeks for me to see any improvement in my skin. The one thing that I did notice right away is that my skin always feels smooth and plumped the morning after using it. In the long term, I’ve noticed that my complexion has really been normalized since using this, with smoother, less textured skin. Those bumps that I was talking about that don’t go away unless I squeeze them? They still occur, but much less frequently. I also only get one or two of them at a time instead of five or six.

I got a pimple on my cheek back in May, which almost never happens because I just have skin that rarely breaks out. It left me with hyperpigmentation even though I didn’t pick at it. It’s always a headache because my hyperpigmentation take over six months if I leave it to fade on its own. I’ve found that using a combination of this exfoliator and Vitamin C in my routine has helped to fade the dark spots faster than usual. It’s been a month since I got the pimple, and while you can still see the hyperpigmentation when I’m not wearing makeup, it is MUCH more faint, and it can be covered up with concealer and foundation much more easily than before.

Another problem I suffer with is year-round dry spots; it just seems to happen randomly. I’ve found that this AHA has really helped to break down all the dry skin, helping to keep the dry patches at bay.

 

Shot of Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum with box

Farmacy warns that this product might make your skin tingle upon application, which is pretty common with AHAs and BHAs. My skin is pretty hardy and not sensitive at all, so tingling has only happened to me once or twice with this product. I surprisingly find this to be quite gentle, but I think it also depends on what your skin is used to.

I use this twice a week in the evenings; it’s a bit strong, so I worry about overexfoliation and space out the usage. I apply it after thinner toners and serums, but before moisturizers. I make sure to moisturize extra well and lock in the moisture with facial oils when I’m using this, to prevent my skin from drying out. Just as a note, if you are using a chemical exfoliant, please make sure to use sunscreen during the day, as your skin will be more prone to sun damage. Think about it – you have resurfaced your skin so that new baby skin is showing, so it will be extra sensitive to the effects of the sun.

For those of you with sensitive skin, I think you may have to be careful with this acid. 14% is quite a strong acid – in comparison, you usually see leave-on acids with 5% strength, such as the Pixi Glow Tonic or The Ordinary’s 5% Glycolic Acid. I would also say the same for people who are introducing AHAs to their skincare routine for the first time. It’s a good idea to work your way up from an everyday 5% acid like the two I mentioned above, before graduating to such a strong acid! Although the brand says you can work your way up from using it once or twice a week, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that. I feel like any more than three times a week would be way too much for the skin to handle, but please let me know if you do use it more frequently and it works for you!

THE INGREDIENTS

Water, Lactic Acid, Propanediol, Jojoba Esters, Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Honey Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Sclerotium Gum, Coco-Glucoside, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Gluconolactone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, T-Butyl Alcohol, Glucose, Calcium Gluconate, Citral.

THE SUMMARY

PROS:

-Beautiful packaging
-Gentle on the skin
-More affordable than other comparable exfoliators
-Effective at reducing dry spots, skin texture and hyperpigmentation

CONS:

-Overall still a pricey product
-May be too strong for sensitive skin types.

Overall, I seriously love this chemical exfoliator. It is effective, it is gentle, and it is everything that I’ve been looking for in an AHA. Have you used this before? What’s your favourite AHA?

 

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8 thoughts on “Review: Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum

  1. I’m so happy that you liked this serum so much! I’m a little scared by the 15% concentration, I don’t use chemical exfoliants often so I should probably take your advice and get used to a less intense AHA first.
    Great review!

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  2. You know I’ve never used a chemical exfoliator!! I was thinking about it the other day because I mostly only have scrubs (which I love). Anyways I would like to try one though. I think our skin type is very similar, would you recommend this one?

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    • I would recommend this to people with dry skin as it’s actually pretty hydrating, but if you’ve never used a chemical exfoliator before, I would be a little hesitant recommending it to you. It might be a good idea to start off with a gentler one to get your skin acclimated to a chemical exfoliator first!

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