I think we can all agree that fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne are the bane of our existence. Well, say hello to the best friend you thought only existed in your dreams: Glycolic Acid! This amazing skincare ingredient works to brighten your skin by reducing any hyperpigmentation you may be having. Glycolic acid is also a natural exfoliant, leaving a smooth texture behind. Once you learn more about it, we think you may fall in love with this acid as much as we have…
All About Glycolic Acid and AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)
AHA’s… Maybe you’ve heard of them and if you’re like us, maybe you’re not sure what they are. Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of acids that can naturally be found in certain foods. The reason they are so important in skincare is because they provide exfoliation and provide specific treatments for various skin concerns. Glycolic acid is one of the strongest AHA’s that works to promote anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, dryness, and acne. Glycolic acid gently exfoliates any dead skin cells, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne. What a dream!
How to Use Glycolic Acid In Skincare: Cleanse, Purify, Repeat
Quick Note: If you are just starting out with using glycolic acid, begin slowly by only using it 2-3 times a week. Glycolic acid can be added into your routine in many different ways, so we are going to give you all the options. Use sparingly and choose which product you want to add! This can feel overwhelming, but it’s super easy and here’s how:
Cleanser + Mask: There is nothing better than a 2-in-1 product to get more bang for your buck. The Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser is a multifunctional clay-based cleanser perfect for both morning and night. You can wash the day (or night) away with this exfoliating formula that will leave your skin as soft as a baby’s bottom. OR better yet, use this product as a face mask to purify that perfect face of yours.
Facial Peel: The Lancer Caviar Lime Acid Peel helps to improve your skin’s texture and appearance. This product is perfect after those long, stressful weeks at work or, let’s be honest, life. It will revive your stressed skin using glycolic acid and lime extract to offer you a beautifully radiant glow and evenly textured skin.
Toner: As a follow-up to your cleanser (and mask if it’s a self-care kind of moment), apply the Omorovicza Acid Solution to clarify and brighten your skin. Glycolic and lactic acid work together to create the perfect amount of exfoliation and reduce the hyperpigmentation. Don’t forget to leave some time for the product to absorb before moving on with your skincare routine. Beauty can’t be rushed!
Serum: If you’re looking for a more hydrating type of glycolic acid, this is the one: the 111Skin Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Booster plumps and revives the skin. With only 1 to 2 drops, you will get a boost of hydration that targets deep into the layers of your skin. Apply straight to your face or mix in with your moisturizer. Who doesn’t love an extra glow!
Moisturizer: Finish off your skincare with the Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Supreme Retexturizer. This cream has an intensely hydrating formula that helps to gently exfoliate and renew the skin. When you wake up in the morning your skin will be glowing to the gods. The fresher and the glowier your skin, the happier you will be.
All Over Pamper with Glycolic Acid
Go Beyond the Face
Hair: Nothing makes your hair feel more revived and refreshed than the R+Co Acid Wash ACV Cleansing Rinse. Gently massage this product into your scalp for 1-3 minutes, enjoy that spa moment (you deserve it), and then rinse thoroughly.
Bath: If you are craving a relaxing night-in, pamper yourself with the Susanne Kaufmann Alkali Salt Deacidifying bath treatment. Add a few spoonfuls to your warm bath, hit play on that soothing playlist, and watch as your skin gets some much-needed nourishment. The glycolic acid helps to restore, balance, and detoxify your skin.
Body: Fads come and go, but soft skin will never go out of style. Enter the Lancer The Method: Body Nourish. This silky and ultra-hydrating formula uses glycolic acid and melon seed oil to, you guessed it, deeply nourish your body. Better yet, dead skin cells will quickly vanish after your first use. You can thank us later!
Glycolic acid is a humectant, which means it can draw moisture to itself. In other words, it is extremely hydrating. After using glycolic acid, your skin is primed and ready for the rest of your skincare routine. Remember, this skincare ingredient is considered a strong AHA, so it is highly recommended that you also use SPF every single day (protect yourself from those rays).
Glycolic acid is a skincare product you truly do not want to miss out on. What’s better than exfoliation, reducing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation? We’ll make it easy for you: nothing! Check out this incredible ingredient in your skincare products to give you the beautiful and youthful complexion we all crave. Happy acid-hunting!