Glow Recipe founders, Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, on how they deal with dullness, hyperpigmentation, and skin-sensitivity

Glow Recipe founders, Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, on how they deal with dullness, hyperpigmentation, and skin-sensitivity

Bare skin bible

Text: Emily Heng

Bare skin bible details how notable figures from the beauty industry get that healthy glow to their mien. From the products in their arsenal to skincare secrets, we get them to dish the dirt.

The lowdown on Sarah's complexion

My skin type is typically oily/combination. During quarantine, I've been experiencing more dullness, uneven skin tone and texture, as well as maskne! So an important part of my everyday routine is to focus on gentle smoothing and exfoliation while infusing hydrating and brightening ingredients like vitamin C on a daily basis.

What goes on her moneymaker

1. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

As a general skincare tip, I like to apply this for 10 minutes as a wash-off 'flash facial' before cleansing. Using a spatula, I'd apply an even layer of the Watermelon Mask on my face. The gentle AHA in the formula gently smooths while the watermelon extract and hyaluronic acid gives my skin a boost of hydration.


2. Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Next, I apply two pumps of the Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser directly into my hands. I gently massage the gel texture onto my face, and since I still have my Watermelon Mask on, the cleanser naturally starts foaming thanks to my damp skin.


3. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist

After washing my face, I like to introduce more hydration by spritzing on the Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist. It's such a refreshing way to prep my skin for the following steps.


4. Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask

I like to scoop up a pea-sized amount of my Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask using my ring fingers and gently tap at the pressure points under my eyes. Since the undereye area is very delicate, I always make sure to pat in the product instead of rubbing. The encapsulated retinol in the formula is extremely gentle for your undereye area and is paired with nourishing avocado alongside hydrating hyaluronic acid.


5. Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice + Pineapple-C Bright Serum

To address dullness and uneven texture, I like to use the Double Serum Method. That's when I mix two pumps of Watermelon Pink Juice and two drops of the Pineapple-C Bright Serum together for the perfect skincare cocktail. Since Pink Juice is highly concentrated in watermelon, it can be used as a serum for this step.


6. Glow Recipe Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream

Lastly, I seal everything in with the Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream, which is jam-packed with soothing banana and minerals to nourish my skin. Always make sure to extend your products down to your neck as well, especially when it comes to SPF! Don't neglect the back of your neck and ears, too.


The lowdown on Christine's complexion

I've always had very fair skin that is prone to hyperpigmentation, redness and sensitivity. And so, I'm always looking for products that grant hydration; are efficacious; as well as gentle when it comes to my skincare routine and the formulations we create. These days my skin has been really dehydrated and I've noticed more dry flakes on my face, so my main concern is to make sure I'm infusing every step with layers of hydration.

What goes on her moneymaker

1. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist

I love beginning my routine with a spritz of the Watermelon Mist because it gives an instant hydrating effect all while prepping my skin for the rest of my routine. I keep a bottle of this by my bedside so that it is the first thing I use in the morning and the last thing in the evening. I also love replenishing my skin with it throughout the day.


2. Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm

When I cleanse I love using the Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm (coming to Singapore soon!) because of the amazing nourishing seed oils in the formula. In the mornings I actually love doing a quick guasha massage with the balm on my face because it creates such an easy, emollient canvas for my tool. The papaya enzymes in the cleansing balm also helps gently slough away the dry flakes I wake up with.


3. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner

Next, I use the Watermelon Glow Toner which gently exfoliates with PHA & BHA while simultaneously infusing hydration into my skin from the start of my routine.


4. Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Bright Serum + Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream

Every day I use an antioxidant-rich serum like the Pineapple-C Bright Serum, where I'll mix two drops into a dollop of my Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream. When I combine the two, it does a great job of brightening my dull, dehydrated skin while also calming any redness or sensitivity I may have.


5. Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum

If I feel like I need more hydration, I use my Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum (also coming to Sephora soon!) before my moisturiser to help infuse my skin layer by layer with hydration. After applying my SPF, I actually spritz one more layer of the Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist to finish my routine with super hydrated, plump skin.


What are the other factors that play into their skincare routines?

What are some skincare ingredients you tend to avoid?
Sarah: I love testing and trying new innovations but I always make sure to conduct a patch test for my skin so there isn't any risk of irritation or sensitivity. Everyone's skin is different and reacts to ingredients differently so it's more important to find ingredients and products that work for you instead of feeling restricted by your skin type.

Christine: When it comes to my skincare routine, I like to take a fluid, day by day approach. Your skin needs change all the time, so I love having the freedom to pick and choose from my 'skincare wardrobe' depending on how my skin is feeling that day.

Does your diet play a big part in maintaining your complexion?
Sarah: Absolutely! A healthy diet is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, including your complexion. One of the things I've introduced to my daily diet is fruit smoothies. They're nutritious, delicious, antioxidant rich, and a source of inspiration for new fruit innovations for Glow! Plus, I get a daily dose of zen watching fruits mixing in my blender every morning.

Christine: Yes! I believe that what you consume can have an effect on your skin and general health. I'm not great about drinking water despite having dehydration-prone skin so I've made an effort recently to set out an array of fruit-infused water to drink throughout the day. I usually make a pitcher at night, and I like to put in a medley of raspberry and lemon slides.

The biggest skincare misconception you've heard is...?
Sarah: A huge misconception is that oily skin types don't need a moisturiser! If your skin is overproducing oil, it may actually be dehydrated or need more hydrating and moisturising products. If your skin is oily, it's probably also acne-prone, so be sure that you're using a lightweight moisturiser that infuses hydration without clogging your pores.

Christine: The idea that a skincare routine has to be a complicated 10 — 20 step process. You can absolutely layer products if you feel that your skin needs it, but it's more about treating your skin according to its needs versus sticking to a strict number of steps.

What's next for Glow Recipe?
Sarah: New innovations, new categories, unexpected releases, virtual activations, and many more are in the pipeline. We will continue having open and transparent dialogue with our community, Glow Gang, and serve them in the best way by launching more innovations, creating more content, and providing education that they want and need.

Christine: We are really excited to share our philosophy of listening to your skin and feeding it what it needs to our community. We want them to feel empowered to make their own choices when it comes to their skin. The transition from 2020 into 2021 will be a huge year for us as a brand as we work to expand even more for our Glow Gang.