Leaves skin with a glowy finish
Alo Glow System Head-To-Toe Glow Oil
We constantly see popular clothing brands breaking into the makeup space, but it's less common to see them in the world of skincare. Perhaps it's because top-tier skincare brands have built a name on making skincare their primary focus and doing it to perfection. So when I heard that the celebrity-loved athleisure brand Alo Yoga was launching a skincare and body line, I was reasonably skeptical.
The new line—named the Alo Glow System— features a range of California-made and botanical-based products, including an Enzyme Facial Cleanser, a Radiance Serum, and a Superfruit Body Lotion, just to list a few. The products are, not surprisingly, meant to be used post-workout, which intrigued me. I had the opportunity to try out the Head-To-Toe Glow Oil, which claims to lock in moisture, leaving skin and hair with a radiant glow. Read on to hear my honest thoughts and if I'll be adding this product to my post-workout self-care routine.
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Can be used on body, face, and hair for long-lasting moisture.
Star Rating: 4.9
Potential allergens: Seed Oils, Citral, Limonene
Active ingredients: Amla, Turmeric, Botanical Oils
About the brand: Alo Yoga is a celebrity and influencer-loved athleisure brand that started in Los Angeles in 2007. The brand’s newest venture is into the world of skincare with their ‘Alo Glow System’ line. The line features a range of products from body washes and facial cleansers, all made clean with alma super berries.
I adore the fall and winter seasons, but my skin—not as much. So as soon as the weather starts turning colder, my skin goes from combination to strictly dry. I combat this by using a light moisturizer in the morning and heavy cream at night. Occasionally, if I feel extra dry, I will use a hydrating cream around my eye area and facial oil. Still, I am particular about these because I'm not a fan of the feeling of having anything heavy on my skin during the daytime. Also, I try to stick strictly to clean, fragrance-free skincare because I have susceptible skin that breaks out into large rashes at the first sign of irritation.
The Feel: Smooth and quick-drying
One thing I fear when it comes to facial oil is when it sits heavy on your skin. Usually, I do my skincare right before I run out of the door for the day, and I'm always nervous that I will look like a greasy mess after using any oils. Instantly, when I tried the Head-To-Toe Glow Oil, I could tell this wasn't going to be the case. The oil glided across my skin effortlessly, and within seconds it started to sink in. I was able to apply my foundation right after without it getting mixed up with the oil.
The Ingredients: Clean and rich in vitamin C
Amla: Amla, also known as the Indian gooseberry, is a super fruit that has high concentrations of vitamin C. Its main benefit is upping skin’s radiance but also helps hydrate and combat signs of aging.
Turmeric: Turmeric helps with inflammation and has also been known to help treat acne scarring, hyper-pigmentation, and anti-aging.
Aloe Vera: One of the many botanical oils used in this formula, aloe vera rapidly absorbs into the skin to help seal in moisture.
The Results: Radiant skin
After using this product for two weeks, I can genuinely say that this is one of the best face and body oils I’ve tried in a while. My skin has responded well to the formula and despite the slight scent, I have yet to face any irritation. While it is advertised as a post-workout oil, I like to use it in the morning before putting on my makeup because it’s fast-absorbing and doesn’t blend with my foundation. (This has been my main reason for steering clear of oils in the morning.)
Overall, I’ve found that my face and body have been more even in tone, despite a few breakouts I have had recently. I don’t love the oil as much for my hair because I don’t think it absorbs as well, but I will definitely be adding this to my everyday facial routine.
The Value: Worth the price tag
This product does seem pricey, but I can honestly it's worth it. Similar products on the market tend to cost the same or double its price of $48. I think that given the rich and nourishing ingredients, this oil is worth spending a bit more on. Also, after using it for a few weeks, my bottle barely looks used, so a little goes a long way.
Similar Products: You have options
Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil: This cult-classic face oil from Sunday Riley has a fairly similar ingredient list to Head-To-Toe Glow Oil but for double the cost. The ingredients differ a bit, which could be what contributes to the difference in price, but overall this is more of a luxe version of Head-To-Toe Glow Oil.
Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate & Glow Dream Face Oil: Another product packed with superfood ingredients, this facial oil blends Marqui, Acai, Prickly Pear, and Goji. The oil also does a great job at brightening and toning skin and is fast-absorbing.
Despite my initial hesitancy, Alo has created skincare just as impressive as their clothes. The oil doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and I’ve noticed my face and body look more radiant. The hydrating aspect is one of my favorite benefits as it’s been helping my skin lock in moisture, despite starting to dry out as the weather turns cold. I can't wait to try out more products from this line.
- Price $48
- Weight 3.8 oz.