Ole Henriksen Glow2oh Dark Spot Toner

Product Claims:

“This potent brightening toner, supercharged with a high concentration of AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids) and witch hazel water, reduces the look of dark spots in as little as 7 days.” – Ole Henriksen Website.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycolic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Phytic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Benzoic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tocopherol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.
Price: $34
Size: 193ml


Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner claims to reduce the look of dark spots in as little as 7 days. It claims to also target fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth texture.

This is an exfoliating toner formulated with AHAs – Glycolic acid and Lactic Acid. Although the concentration of AHAs isn’t stated, I’m guessing it’s somewhere between 5 & 8% combined; a good percentage to get results.

“Reduce the look of dark spots in as little as 7 days” is such a WILD claim. Yes, using an AHA exfoliant can help dark spots look better over time but that definitely won’t happen in 1 week. It takes more than exfoliation to reduce dark spots.

The use of AHA exfoliants will help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and smooth texture over time too, so this toner will do that.

The problem with this toner is that it contains known sensitizing fragrance ingredients. AHAs can be irritating so they’re usually formulated with soothing ingredients to reduce the likelihood of irritation. In this formulation, the 2 soothing ingredients are in there at very low levels, so they won’t help very much. Combining the irritation from the fragrance ingredients and the AHAs, it can cause problems for your skin in the long run. I will NOT recommend this product.

Photo Credit: Ole Henriksen

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