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Glo Therapeutics Ultra 15% Vitamin C Serum – Reviewed and Rejected

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
September 15, 2010 Reviewed by admin 8 Comments
The first time I came across Glo Therapeutics was through my facialist, who recommended their brightening serum for some acne scarring. I shelled out $48 and used it religiously. I wasn’t a fan of the stickiness and although it did help to lighten the scars a bit, I felt like it was quite a long process and didn’t completely go away. She highly recommended the line though, so when I got sample of the Ultra 15% Vitamin C Serum ($85) from their new Moisturize & Restore line, I decided to give it another go.

Before even using it, I looked up reviews online. Since it’s so new, there weren’t many, but the ones I did find mentioned that it was non-stinging and after repeated use, they noticed a nice “glow” to their skin. This serum is also filled with collagen stimulating properties: arginine is an antioxidant that’s supposed to help build collagen; zinc sulfate removes old stiffened collagen so new ones can be made; L-tyrosine (acetyl tyrosine) is an amino acid that increases collagen production by encouraging fibroblast activity; and Longevicell (hydrolyzed myrtus communis leaf extract) is another antioxidant and cell regenerator said to inhibit the glycation of collagen. Truth be told, I was more drawn to what I hoped would be the brightening effects of its lemon peel extract and, of course, ascorbic acid (or vitamin C) which also improves skin elasticity, since I do have some issues with the clarity of my mid-20s skin.

The first thing I noticed in my initial trial was its consistency, which is like water. It comes in a dropper bottle, so I tried to pour a little on my palms but it ended up spilling messily down my arms. The next time, I tried applying it directly on my face, but again, it quickly dripped down my neck. Finally, I realized the best way to apply this was to just add a little to my palms, rub, then wipe over my face.

Now, I’m not sure what those people are talking about when they say it doesn’t sting, because every single time I applied it, there definitely was a light stinging that would last a few seconds. I kept at it though, using it once in the morning and once before bed. After a few days, I noticed I began breaking out. It was first one or two, then three or four zits in different areas of my face. I began scarring worse than before I started using the serum! This was definitely not what I thought I signed up for. I tried to wait it out, but now, after three weeks of use I'm finally giving up. Looking at the ingredients, I’m not sure what caused my skin to react the way it did. Maybe it was just not suited for my skin type which is a bit combination.

The other thing is the price -- $85 for a 1 oz serum? I have to admit, I am sometimes swayed to think the more you pay, the more you get. But in this case, I can say that isn’t necessarily true.


Aqua/Water, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-25 Arginine, Acetyl Tyrosine, Zinc Sulfate, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Diaminopropionoyl Tripeptide-33, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract
  • February 14, 2016

    by ana

    Thank God for your review. I know that this is a few years old but I am so glad I found this. I started using this serum on recommendation of a friend and I used it for 2 days before I noticed how my skin had broken out in some sort of rash. I have never had bad breakouts or acne at all, at most a few pimples maybe once a month and at the time when I started using the serum my skin was really in a very good place, well moisturized, no breakouts or blemishes, smooth and with an even tone I had finally managed to get it to using soothing cleansers etc.
    I started to notice that my T-zone and cheeks had become bumpy and that I had a lot of white heads popping up, the skin is also very sensitive and seemingly flaky and oily at the same time. The only thing that has been different in my routine is the serum and I have never had this type of problem with my skin before. I have tried to put on the night cream I usually use and my face has just been covered with a film of oil in the morning.
    It has really affected me to see my skin go from completely healthy-looking to bumpy, red, tender and with white-heads everywhere. I am on the second day of not using the serum but my skin still has loads of white-heads and is very sensitive, I was really hoping that someone could offer some advice or just the reassurance that it will stabilize?

  • February 1, 2015

    by Tina

    I have this and love it.. I have had a totally different experience but my skin type is dry. I do find that it stings if I use too much and in the beginning because of the consistency I was a little heavy handed. I will say that I absolutely love it and after using Ole Henriksen's vitamin C serum for my morning routine and now this-- this is definetly the real deal and I see results.. Everyone's skin handles product differently.. Maybe Ole Henriksen's would be a little more gentle?

  • June 10, 2014

    by Donna

    Truth be told, Shy, it seems as if some reps from Glo themselves wrote comments on your blog post; they're all kinda mean!

    Anyway, THANK YOU for sharing YOUR experience with us. Though others may not agree or have had the same experience I do appreciate you sharing your experience. Keep on blogging! :)

  • April 10, 2014

    by Molly

    If you look up this product on the glo website, it clearly states that it is for all skin types EXCEPT acne prone skin.

  • June 13, 2011

    by Lea

    You should exchange the Ultra 15% for the regular 15% serum since you are in your your 20s. Then place 5 drops on the back of your hand and apply to your clean DRY face with your finger tips to avoid stinging from the ascorbic acid. Should it still sting you may want to go down to the 10%. Always get a sample to practice on at home before you shell out that kind of cash.
    Don't give up.

  • May 13, 2011

    by Shy

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for your comment. When I wrote I poured it out, I meant I used the dropper to apply a few drops, not pouring it straight from the bottle but I realize that wasn't clear. It was so fluid and dropper or not, it was not easy to apply. I really wanted to like this product, but it just did not work for my skin. I've used serums in the past, and I gave this one a good run but it really didn't help.

  • May 11, 2011

    by Lisa

    I'm really confused by this review. I totally agree with Stace that the fault probably lies more with your facialist for not explaining how to use the product than with the product itself.
    But I'm also confused how a contributor to such a trusted site could be so unfamiliar with skincare basics. A lot of serums are very liquid-y, especially vitamin C serums. I cringed when I read you poured it out!! What did you think the dropper was for??
    I would recommend consulting with some of the more experienced contributors about some norms and basic techniques.

  • April 1, 2011

    by Stace

    Im sorry to read about your issues with glo. I have had the exact opposite.
    I've been using glo for 18 mths and absolutely love it.
    I bought the starter kit with the 10% Vit C & the B5 Hydration & the Eye Gel, and I have noticed a great improvement in my fine lines and overall hydration.
    It's a shame your facialist didn't explain how to use it so you didn't waste so much.
    I now only ever use glo skin care products, and have even started using their mineral make up.
    Hope you find a great product that suits your skin type!

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