Beauty Heroes February 2018: Fitglow

I would like to confess my beauty sins and repent for them now.

When Beauty Heroes announced their February Discovery, I wasn’t particularly excited. I’d never heard of Fitglow Beauty and didn’t know what to expect. The price was in my pay grade, but the products seemed to be marketed to someone with less experience. The names of the lines within the brand felt gimmicky (Age Clear? Vita-Active?) and I didn’t take the brand very seriously. My enthusiasm was further dampened by the fact that every member of the green beauty community was going gaga over Fitglow after it was announced as this month’s featured brand, and I questioned how so people, with so many skin types, could benefit from the same product. 

Forgive me beauty lovers, for I have sinned!

Fitglow is a gift from the skin care gods and I am so glad Beauty Heroes introduced me to February’s hero product, Cloud Comfort Cream ($84). Called C3 by those in the know (and I’m not one of them), the cream utilizes cloudberry, a fruit that’s filled with phytosterols, carotenoids, and ellagic acid. These ingredients aid in collagen production, fight free radicals, and reduce inflammation, respectively., while arnica and gotu kola soothe skin and hyaluronic acid locks in moisture.  

The product’s performance is even more impressive than its ingredient roster. Cloud Comfort Cream has one of the most pleasing scents. It is extremely light and soft; just the way I imagine a cloud would smell. It has a slight cooling sensation, most likely a result of the arnica, that I find mildly euphoric for my skin and my mind.

Plus. The texture… *sigh*

Oils and balms abound in the clean beauty world, but creams are other-worldly. Cloud Comfort Cream is a better, healthier version of the creams I knew and loved from my foolish youth when I worshiped at the counter of Clinique. I truly do love oils and balms but the time they take to absorb can be a drag, especially in the morning when I’m running late getting ready quickly. Cloud Comfort Cream is wet enough to be worked into skin without effort and is easily absorbed, but it dries almost matte and with very little slip, so makeup can be applied almost immediately. I’m talking 30 seconds after application. There’s currently no other product in my line up that can do that same. 

The sidekick in this month’s box is the Redness Rescue Cream ($69) and I’ve not had the same love-at-first-try experience. We are working on our relationship, but I can’t yet tell if we’ll become friends or if I’ll have to have the “it’s not you, it’s me” conversation. Because it’s definitely me.

First the good: The Redness Rescue Cream was created to address rosacea and weather-beat skin. It packs a punch. With comfrey, calendula, chamomile it’s a powerhouse in redness reduction. Wakame seaweed bio ferment extract (which I’d never tried before) and zinc (always a favorite of mine) work together with the green tint of the product to calm the external signs of inflammation and dramatically offset redness. Both my tweenage step-daughter and I have red, reactive skin and after using the Redness Rescue Cream, we see a visible difference. 

Now the bad: Redness Rescue Cream does not work instantly. That 30 second to makeup application the Cloud Comfort Cream boasts? It’s not happening here. It takes a good five minutes to sink into my skin and reduce the redness, which might be worth it and NBD if I’m going without makeup that day. But, if I’m not? The Redness Rescue Cream slows me down. Neither the scent nor texture is as light and airy as the Cloud Comfort Cream, and it feels heavy and tacky on my skin as it takes it’s sweet time to absorb.

But the Redness Rescue Cream is a product with a lot of support. It gets five stars in reviews repeatedly and my experience has been that it absolutely does what it claims to do. However, it does it in a way that detracts from my overall enjoyment of my skin care ritual and I can’t discern if I love the results enough to forgo some of the fun in the process. 

My take away? This month’s hero, Cloud Comfort Cream, has already achieved holy grail status in my skin care arsenal and will be repurchased many times over. The sidekick, Redness Rescue Cream, is an effective product with a few personal drawbacks so I’m not sure it will make it into the regular rotation. 

Also everything I thought about Fitglow was wrong and I have already ordered at least four other products from the brand and found another HG product. 

A note about Beauty Heroes: Beauty Heroes has completely changed the way I experience clean beauty. My love for this company is real. Each month’s beauty discovery box contains a full-size Hero product and a deluxe sample-size or full-size Sidekick product for about $43/month. Many of the full-size Hero Products retail for upward of $70 and the deluxe Sidekicks often well above $30, so it’s one of the most cost effective ways to explore new brands and products. Additionally, members of the Beauty Heroes Tribe receive 15% off all purchases at The Beauty Store and free shipping on orders over $75, so it’s less expensive to repurchase items you’ve discovered and loved.

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