There are two things you can expect from K-Beauty brand Glow Recipe: a game-changing skincare product and cute packaging. Their latest is a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum nestled in a pretty pink, plum-shaped bottle. The new Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum ($42) harnesses the antioxidant power of plums, hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, and vegan collagen and silk protein. The results? Visibly plump and ultra-hydrated skin—in a word, healthy.
- Hydrates skin
- Only need a pump or two
- Leaves skin glowing
- Reduces appearance of fine lines
- Price per oz. is expensive
For a fruit-filled hyaluronic serum that delivers, look no further than Glow Recipe's Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum.
Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum
Best for: Normal, dry, combination, and oily skin types
Uses: Hydrates and plumps skin
Star Rating: 4/5
Potential allergens: None
Active ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, plum, collagen and silk proteins, vitamin B5
About the brand: Glow Recipe is a natural skincare brand that offers fruit-powered products.
About My Skin: Combination
I don’t have very visible fine lines or dry patches since my combo skin isn’t as dry in the summer, but my skin usually absorbs any sort of hydrating product instantly, then will look dull and matte, or shiny and oily a few hours later. Luckily, this product can be used on all skin types for dryness, dullness, and anti-aging concerns.
The Feel: Lightweight and dewy
My first impression: the serum has a silky gel-like texture, thanks to the plant-based silk protein that glides on smoothly and absorbs quickly. A little goes a long way. I tested a dime-sized amount on the back of my usually dry hands (thanks, excessive hand washing and eczema), and they felt hydrated and soft, like I just applied hand cream. Following my usual skincare routine, I gently patted two pumps of the serum into my skin. The feel was comparable to post-sheet mask skin—you know, where your skin feels so dewy, smooth, and hydrated following a sheet mask you feel like you could skip a moisturizer. It's dripping with hydration. I, of course, followed up with a moisturizer but skipped the usual final step of my routine, which is adding squalane or another hydrating oil because it just didn’t feel like my skin needed it. It also smelled fresh, juicy, and fruity from the plum ingredients.
The Ingredients: Hello hydration
First up—hyaluronic acid. The hydrating acid we all know (and love) that draws moisture into your skin and helps skin retain moisture is the key ingredient in this serum. But while hyaluronic acid is already hydrating on its own (and plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines), Glow Recipe's formulation has an even deeper level of hydration. What makes theirs a standout is the combination of different weights of hyaluronic acid for different levels of skin penetration—five, to be exact. In other words, this isn't your average hyaluronic acid serum.
The hydrating acid we all know (and love) that draws moisture into your skin and helps skin retain moisture is the key ingredient in this serum.
Next up—plum is the true star of the serum because Glow Recipe knows your favorite fruits and veggies are good for more than a smoothie bowl (see their watermelon and avocado infused lines). If you thought only oranges were chock full of vitamin C, allow us to introduce you to Kakadu plums, which contain a higher count of vitamin C than your go-to citrus. Glow Recipe's formula is a blend of Kakadu and two other kinds of plum rich in antioxidants to help brighten and rejuvenate your skin. Other welcome additions to this serum include vitamin B5 to aid in the protection and repairing of your skin’s barrier, as well vegan collagen and silk protein—perfect if you’ve been exfoliating a little too much to deal with maskne or stress breakouts. The brand praises both elements as being "potent, plant-based powerhouse ingredients that strengthen the skin barrier by guarding against free radicals."
The Results: Feeling glowy
Within a couple of days of use, the results didn’t look drastic, but they felt that way. My skin looked and felt hydrated long after applying—a rarity. Seriously, I’ve gone through tons of moisturizers before landing on the one I use now and it’s still not as instantly hydrating as this. It easily absorbs into skin leaving a glowing result behind.
"For even deeper hydration, layer the serum twice. Follow up by applying Pineapple-C Bright Serum to achieve maximum potency. Next, blend vitamin C and hyaluronic acid together and—voilà!—supple, radiant skin," Glow Recipe recommends.
The Value: Worth the price
While hyaluronic acid serums generally range in price, this one at $42, is worth the price since it has added benefits. Everything from the packaging to the smell of this serum is cheerful, making putting on this skincare product enjoyable. Not only that, but it gives real results and isn't missing any major key ingredients.
Similar products: You have options
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid: Known for their inexpensive skincare products, The Ordinary offers a $7 serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 for a burst of hydration.
Kiehl's Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum: This Kiehl's serum ($52) includes hyaluronic acid with an adaptogenic herbal complex to help the skin fight stressors.
Our Verdict: Add to cart
One thing I am looking forward to is working this into my winter skincare when my combination skin is extra dry—but for now, it’s quickly become a new favorite in my skincare routine. My skin has been left feeling hydrated and soft after using Glow Recipe's Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum. And like all Glow Recipe products, it'll look cute sitting on your skincare shelf.