Friday, 1 July 2016

My First Time using Glowmedica

I've always been the type of person that needed to use an exfoliant on my face in order for it to feel clean. As a teenager, I was the worst for over scrubbing, resulting in that shiny-but-dry skin that didn't absorb or respond well to moisturizers. I always used to skip the moisturizer because of this. Oh, how wrong was I back then?!?! Now that I'm older (and much, much more wiser) I understand what works for my skin and the importance of using an exfoliant no more than twice a week. 

For the longest time I was in love with the Clean and Clear Morning Burst Scrub. The bursting beads really made my skin feel so much softer, and my skin was in the best condition it ever was. It turns out that since this product contains tiny plastic microbeads called polyethylene beads, it will no longer be produced. The scoop is, these little beads are not filtered properly during sewage treatment and have the potential to harm marine life (major booooooo!) So, now that my favourite scrub is banned in my country, I was a very very happy camper when I was sent the Amber Glow scrub from the Glowmedica team. 

My first check was to see if the product contained polyethylene beads. I was happy to find that the Amber Glow felt like sand. It was very gritty but oh, so luxurious. Exactly what I was looking for. My skin felt super soft and I was very surprised with the results. I didn't realize how different my skin could feel and look, just by using an exfoliant with better ingredients. 

I used the Timeless Glow Mask after using the exfoliant for a double whammy treatment and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. The smell was very nice, but a bit too strong for me. I prefer a much more subtle scent, but that didn't take away from the experience at all. I felt like I treated myself to a mini facial at home after using these products. I highly recommend checking out Glowmedica and their entire line of products! It feels nice to finally find a worthy replacement for my favourite scrub that's so much better in more ways than one!

If you're curious about what makes Glowmedica so amazing, check out this ingredient list I found on their website:

Almond Oil | Prunus amygdalus

Almond oil is rich in vitamins such as E, A and D, 
has antioxidant properties, and is a good moisturizer.

Aloe Vera | Aloe barbandosis

Aloe is known for its anesthetic, anti-bacterial, and tissue 
restorative properties and provides excellent hydrating, 
softening and soothing qualities.

Alpha Lipoic Acid | (Thiotic Acid)

A natural substance found in certain foods such as spinach 
and broccoli and produced in the human body. It has 
antioxidant properties of fighting free radicals, 
promoting cell energy production, and is anti-inflammatory. 

Amber Granules | Pinus succinifera

​Amber is a fossilized resin coming from forests of 
Pinus succinifera, a Jurassic European conifer tree.  
It is used as a natural physical exfoliating agent, and 
accelerates skin desquamation and improves cell 
oxygenation to improve skin appearance. Its size and 
smoothly rounded shape make it suitable for mild face 
exfoliation as well as body use.

Antarcticine® | Pseudoalteromonas antarctica 

Antarcticine® is a glycoprotein sourced from the Antarctic 
Ocean that protects the skin from dryness. It stimulates the 
formation of collagen I and IV as well as elastin, restructuring 
the skin so that it looks smoother while the depth of wrinkles 

Apricot Kernel Oil | ​Prunus armeniaca

Similar to almond oil, apricot kernel oil has antioxidant 
properties and is a good emollient for the skin. It also has 
anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.

​Aquaxyl™ | (Xylitylglucoside + Anhydroxylitol + Xylitol) 

AQUAXYL™ is a hyaluronic acid booster. It optimizes the 
circulation of water throughout all layers of the skin, and it 
can limit water loss. 

Argireline® ​

Argireline® (Acetyl Hexapeptide-8) is a peptide whose chemical 
structure is a shortened fragment of Botox®. It is a muscle-relaxing 
peptide that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Anti-irritant typically extracted from chamomile. Bisabolol reduces 
pro-inflammatory cytokine production and ameliorates skin inflammation. 
Works as a skin conditioning agent. It enhances the appearance of 
dehydrated or damaged skin by reducing dry flaking and restoring 
suppleness to the skin. 

​Capryloyl Glycine

An amino acid that can restrict the growth of bacteria and also 
controls excessive secretion of sebum, making it conducive to 
prevent and treat acne and oily skin.  It also increases the ability 
of the skin to better transport other active ingredients and reduce 

Chamomile Extract | Chamomilla recutita

Chamomile extract is naturally derived from the chamomile flower 
and is traditionally known for its skin soothing properties. It has 
antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities as well. 

Cinnamon Bark Extract | Cinnamomum camphora

Cinnamon bark extract has antimicrobial, antioxidant,  and 
circulation stimulating properties. It helps inhibit pore infection 
to reduce blemishes and rejuvenates the skin. 


A mixture of fatty alcohol derived from coconut oil and fruit 
sugar (glucose), and chiefly functions as a cleansing agent that 
is very mild and skin-friendly. 

​Coenzyme-Q10 | Ubiquinone

CoQ10 is a present in all human cells and has anti-aging effects, 
most notably by reducing UV damage and stimulating healthy 
collagen production. Topical application of CoQ10 has antioxidant 
and anti-inflammatory effects.

Emblica | Indian Gooseberry

Emblica is an  important medicinal plant in Ayurveda, or 
Traditional Indian Medicine. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory 
and anti-cancer properties and also aids in wound healing. 


Glycerin is a substance found naturally in skin which helps 
maintain the outer skin barrier and prevents dryness or scaling.

​Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from sugar cane 
and helps exfoliate the skin to improve acne and photodamaged 
skin. It also regenerates new skin cells by increasing the 
epidermal thickness and dermal glycosaminoglycan content, 
all of which lead to younger-looking skin. 

Grapefruit Extract | Citrus paradisi

Grapefruit is rich in vitamins A, C, E and antioxidants that nourish and 
protect the skin from free radical damage. It also has  essential 
phytonutrients such as lycopene, beta-carotene, and bioflavonoids that 
promote cellular health.

Green Tea Extract | Camellia sinensis

Green tea extract is high in antioxidants, is  a good anti-inflammatory 
agent, and has an inhibitory action on collagenase (a 
collagen-reducing enzyme that breaks down collagen). 
The topical use of green tea helps to promote the health and 
quantity of collagen, thereby maintaining a firm and elastic skin. 
Green tea extract appears to exert a sun protective effect by 
quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation. 


Substance produced by bees from the nectar of flowering plants. 
Honey is used in skincare for its amino acid, peptide, and vitamin 
content. Honey is a humectant to moisturize the skin, 
has anti-inflammatory properties to promote wound healing, 
and also functions as an antioxidant. 

Iris Root Extract | Iris florentina

Iris root extract is rich in natural isoflavones and has 
astringent and purifying properties. It helps to regulate 
excess sebum buildup.

Jojoba Oil | Simmondsia chinenis

Jojoba oil has been shown to enhance skin’s barrier-repair 
properties and ability to heal from damage.  As a plant oil 
that’s a rich source of fatty acids skin recognizes and can use, 
jojoba oil can stimulate collagen production and help skin 
better defend itself against UV light damage. It  can also provide 
topical anti-inflammatory benefits.

Loquat Extract | Eriobotrya japonica 

Extract derived from a subtropical flower that has antioxidant 
and antitumor properties similar to those of green tea.

Marigold Seed Oil | Calendula officinalis 

Calendula ​seed extracts have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, 
and antioxidant properties and is used to condition the skin. 

Matrixyl® 3000 | Palmitoyl Oligopeptide + Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

Matrixyl 3000 is a combination of two peptides that work  
synergistically to restore and maintain the skin's youthful 
appearance by promoting new collagen synthesis.

Neroli Flower Extract | Citrus aurantium

Extracted from the bitter orange flower, neroli oil helps 
improve skin health by regenerating and keeping your skin 
elastic, preventing the appearance of stretch marks, improving 
acne, reducing the appearance of scars, and helping heal broken 

Olive Oil Soap (Sodium Olivate) | Olea europea

Olive oil helps break down dirt and residue and nourishes and 
calms the skin. It has antioxidant properties and is beneficial 
for dry skin because of its fatty acid content. Studies show 
that topically applied olive oil can protect against UVB damage.

Red Tea Extract | Aspalathus Linearis 

Rooibos, or red tea, is a plant found in South Africa that is 
abundant in antioxidants including the enzyme super oxide 
dismutase which prevents free radicals from destroying skin cells. 


Resveratrol is found in nearly 70 plants, most notably in the 
skin and seeds of grapes, berries, red wine, jackfruit, and 
pomegranate. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat 
skin dermatitis. It contains potent antioxidant and 
anti-inflammatory characteristics and has been shown to 
protect against UVB skin damage.


​Retinol is one of the most studied anti-aging skincare ingredient, 
and its use helps create better, healthier skin cells, provides 
antioxidant support, and increases the amount of substances 
that enhance skin’s structural elements.

Rose Hip Seed Oil | Rosa rubginosa

Contains an extremely antioxidant-rich source of Vitamin C, 
containing ten times the amount in oranges. It also has Vitamins A, 
B, B2, E, K, and P as well as iron and copper compounds. It 
helps brighten and protect the skin. 

Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids

A foaming surfactant derived from amino acids found in apple juice 
that is gentle for the skin and the environment


An amino acid that helps reduce the production of sebum and matifies 
the skin.

Seaweed Extract | Chondrus crispus

Extract of the Irish moss seaweed contains proteins, vitamin A, 
vitamin B1, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and calcium. 
These are beneficial for skin as emollients, anti-inflammatory 
agents, and antioxidants. It is also used as thickening agents and 
water-binding agents.

Shea Butter | Vitellaria paradoxa

Shea butter is a plant lipid extracted from the nut of the Shea 
tree that grows wild in Central Africa. Shea butter is a rich 
source of antioxidants, and is used as an emollient in cosmetics 
to protect skin from harsh environments such as cold, dry 
winters and hot summer sun. 

​Sodium Hyaluronate

An excellent humectant and emollient, it moisturizes, lubricates 
and soothes skin. This ingredient holds 1000 times its own weight 
in moisture binding effects. 

Soy Extract

Potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent for skin that is 
high in isoflavones.  Soy is one of many phytochemicals that 
are biologically active against free radicals and has a 
collagen-stimulating effect that influence skin thickness and 
elasticity. Soy extract has been shown to help reduce the 
effects of UVB exposure on human skin cells. 

Sunflower Seed Oil | Helianthus annus

Sunflower seed oil has the ability to help repair skin’s barrier 
and reduce inflammation and is used as an emollient in 
cosmetics. It is a rich source of fatty acids that skin can use, 
including linoleic acid, and is excellent for dry skin. 

​Vitamin A | Retinyl Palmitate

Vitamin A is found in leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow 
vegetables, tomato products, fruits, and some vegetable oils. 
It is a cell-communicating ingredient and an antioxidant which 
helps regenerate skin cells and accelerates tissue repair to 
strengthen the epidermis.

Vitamin C | Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C is one of the most well-researched and beneficial 
vitamins you can apply topically. Ongoing use has been shown 
to increase collagen production (including dermal collagen, 
which is significant for wrinkle reduction), reduce the 
appearance of skin discolorations, strengthen skins barrier 
and repair response, reduce inflammation, and help skin 
better withstand exposure to sunlight.

​Vitamin E | Tocopherol

Vitamin E is derived from vegetable oils or wheat germ and 
helps reduce skin damage, fight free radicals, support healthy 
collagen formation and maintain even skin tone.


You can read more about Glowmedica here:

​Zinc Oxide

Zinc Oxide is EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) first choice 
for sun protection. It is stable in sunlight and can provide 
greater protection from UVA rays than titanium oxide or any 
other sunscreen chemical approved in the U.S.  

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