What is Glowless?
You’ve probably seen the ads across Facebook or Instagram for Glowless patches, promising reduced symptoms for Asian Glow. But what are they and do they really work?
Similar to other Asian Flush patches we’ve reviewed before, Glowless are adhesive squares that you apply to your bare skin. They recommend applying them 45 minutes before drinking alcohol so the user can experience reduced Asian Glow symptoms (such as getting a bright red face from alcohol).
An issue that arises is that the patch needs to be applied to the user’s upper arm or chest. If you’re going out wearing a dress, tank top or similar clothing, the patch will be completely visible. While this might not bother everyone, it does bring up weird questions from friends, strangers or even first dates. “What’s that patch thing on your arm? Are you OK?”
As mentioned before, you’ll also need to apply the patch about 45 minutes before you plan on drinking. While this can be annoying, too, most Asian Flush supplements and patches all have the same instructions. It can take awhile for your body to begin absorbing the ingredients before you start drinking alcohol.
What’s in a Glowless patch?
Glowless patches have similar ingredients to other Asian Glow solutions we’ve looked at. However, these patches are misleading. When I first ordered my Glowless patches from website, it stated that these particular patches include:
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B5
- Miscellaneous (which includes Milk Thistle Extract and Holy Basil Extract).
However, when you receive your box, the ingredients are different. It also says “We are constantly updating our formula and have plans to build many more products in the future.” Also, “We are aware that the patches may smell funny from the Vitamin B – it is something that will be fixed soon.”
Why are Glowless selling a product that isn’t ready yet? How are they testing these products appropriately, if they are always changing the ingredients? I really dislike that the listed ingredients on the website it not what’s actually in the patches – and that this ingredient list is “constantly changing.” Wouldn’t it be better to save your money until Glowless figures out their final product?
Also – I noticed that the patches are not individually sealed. From a hygienic standpoint, it’s pretty gross. The patches are just put into the box without any further coverage or protection. In addition, this means that these patches will actually dry-out because they’re not sealed. If you can get through the patches fast enough – then no worries! However, they will dry out quicker because they’re not sealed.
Other products we’ve reviewed, such as Essential AD2, Sunset Alcohol Flush Support and Redee Patches both include a number of these ingredients. However, Essential AD2 and Sunset are tablets/capsules while Redee and Glowless are both patches.
While none of these ingredients are a surprise, it doesn’t mean the patches will work effectively. Glowless Patches are also missing quite a few important ingredients like Quercetin, Bromelain and even Vitamin C. Another big issue is how these ingredients are transmitted: through the skin.
Like we’ve mentioned before, supplements (including patches) do not require FDA approval to be sold.
Do Glowless patches work? Not really
While some of the ingredients are promising, there are better Asian Glow products on the market. As mentioned below, Glowless also has extremely delayed shipping which is the slowest out of the other products available. Patches are also undesirable as they are visible to others, sticky and uncomfortable. Ingredients also need to work through your skin before they get into the body to work properly.
We found that our symptoms weren’t reduced enough to warrant wearing the patches. There’s quite a few Asian Flush-fighting ingredients that were missing, so we’re not hugely surprised.
Glowless is also one of the newest companies selling a product for Asian Flush relief. This means we don’t really know if they’ll be around for awhile, if they’ll change their formula, or if they’ll begin selling elsewhere. Only time will tell what will happen with Glowless.
This is similar to a recently reviewed product Lighten Up which hasn’t been active on the market for long, either.
Glowless patches shipping
It looks like Glowless are still a small company that they only make their patches in batches. Meaning, when you order from Glowless, your order doesn’t ship out right away. Once the company has enough orders ready, they have those patches made and shipped out.
This isn’t a huge deal, but it does mean that you’ll need to wait around 6-8 weeks before your patches even ship. This could really put a hinder on your plans if you need your Glowless patches sooner than that. Out of all the products we’ve currently reviewed, Glowless has the longest shipping times.
Want more information about drinking and Asian Glow? Check out our article: Can people with Asian Glow get drunk and wasted?
Glowless refunds? YES.
Glowless offers refunds for those who aren’t happy with their purchase. This is incredible helpful, considering Asian Glow impacts everyone slightly differently.
While it doesn’t say how to initiate your refund through their website, they do have a Contact Us section that customers can contact them through. Not all Asian Flush companies offer refunds so it’s important to check before you buy.
Uh – gross!
My Glowless box had what can only be described as a pubic hair stuck in the tape. Oh no. It was so obvious and gross that I didn’t really want to open the box at all. How does this even happen?
Glowless patch reviews
Currently, you can only get Glowless patches from their website. While this isn’t uncommon, it does mean that finding unbiased reviews are a bit harder. Products that sell on Amazon, for instance, will likely have both negative and positive reviews since the seller cannot remove them. However on websites, it’s fairly easy to remove reviews that you don’t want visible.
Right now, the website has over 60 reviews. Some criticisms include:
- “Product worked great. I just wish there was a faster way to expedite shipping.”
- “Worked but having to put it on 45 minutes before drinking can get annoying”
- “Didn’t completely get rid of the Flush but definitely decreased it a lot.”
- “Definitely reduced my redness/headache. Didn’t fully get rid of the redness”
- “Didn’t get red but the patches smelled a bit funny.”
Some reviews also comments on the size of the patches and whether the company would be able to reduce the patch size in the future. Personally, the size wasn’t a huge problem for me but it did smell weird and it did hurt when peeling off. Be careful if you have sensitive skin!
Other reviews gave the company high ratings simply because the customer received their refund when the product didn’t work for them. These types of reviews will have skewed the overall star rating as the product didn’t actually work.
Glowless side effects
The natural ingredients and vitamins used in Glowless patches are not known to cause reactions or allergies. However, it’s always important to check with your doctor if you’re unsure.
Because these are in patch-form, uses could have a skin reaction to the adhesive. Their website states: “If skin irritation develops around patch area, discontinue use.”
As with other supplement companies, their website includes: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” It’s important to remember that supplements and patches like these are not FDA approved or tested like medicine. While this statement shouldn’t be surprising as all other Asian Flush supplements/patches will have it, too, it’s still something to keep in mind.
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Our thoughts on Glowless patches
Glowless patches definitely have a few things working for them: great social media presence, good formula list and attentive customer service.
However, patches are always going to rank lower for us, compared to capsules or tablets. The annoyance of having to wear sticky visible patches are far from ideal, when you can swallow tablets instead. It also impacts the way the ingredients are transmitted into the system and how effective they will be.
I also really disliked that there was a pubic hair stuck in my Glowless order and that the ingredient list is not finalised or complete. Why is Glowless selling a product that isn’t finished?
Glowless seems to be a brand new product and we don’t know the company behind them. Only time will tell if they stick around.