Forgotten to apply sunscreen through the summer months? Or maybe you’ve picked your spots/pimples and it’s left marks?Whatever the reason is, I have the answer to it!
Here to save the day: glycolic acid. Yes, you’ve probably heard about this hero ingredient before. The alpha-hydroxy acid has been around for many years in cleaners, serums, and peels because it really works. In fact, dermatologists recommend quite regularly and even use super-high concentrations for in-office treatments.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is amazing at revitalising the skin and this is a cult favourite! This formula also contains Tasmanian Pepperberry and Aloe Vera to help soothe any redness or irritations, while Ginseng Root boosts radiance for healthier looking skin. Free from alcohol, oil, silicones and gluten. Vegan. Cruelty free.
Glycolic is one of the cornerstones of dermatology because it truly can change the landscape of skin by helping improve tone, texture, and fine lines, and it can be used on all skin tones and types—that’s why it’s so popular! We all really need it, at some point of our lives.
Dark spots form when abnormally pigmented cells cluster on skin’s surface. Teeny-tiny glycolic acid molecules penetrate deeply and force those cells off your face. Glycolic dissolves the connections between dead skin cells, so they shed more quickly. With the pigmented cells gone, the healthier (less- or non-pigmented) cells underneath can claim their rightful place and restore your even-toned complexion.
But glycolic doesn’t only remove pigmented cells. Oh no no no, don’t forget this is a miracle product! So there are even more heroic factors of this product. It takes off all of the old, dry, and icky cells that build up on skin’s surface. Removing that top layer improves how light bounces off skin and makes it look more radiant overall. And the smoothing effect helps visibly reduce fine lines as well.
Glycolic is powerful. The higher the concentration and the longer it sits on skin, the deeper it penetrates and the more layers of cells it removes. That means you’ll see the best results from a serum you leave on, rather than a wash that eventually rinses down the drain. So with that being said, be sure to only apply glycolic products at night. It’s a time of rest and repair for skin, when it naturally undergoes higher levels of turnover, so applying it in the evening lets you take advantage of those processes that are already happening.
With any new product, consider testing a little behind your ear first to see how skin reacts. But this is especially important if you have sensitive skin since glycolic is so potent. If you notice that skin seems a little dry or sensitive, try applying it every other night to start, and put on a lightweight moisturiser first. As it will act as a primer to help minimise potential irritation.
Regardless of whether or not your skin is sensitive, glycolic will make skin extra sensitive to the sun. So always apply SPF in the morning, I mean we should already be doing that anyway!
Price: £6.80 (240ml)
I highly recommend this product as it has all the essential ingredients you need for skincare. All the worthwhile having soothing ingredients also. Best of both worlds and if you haven’t realised by now, I’m all about killing two birds with one stone (not literally of course), it saves time and money!
Do you have this product? Have you tried a liquid exfoliator? Do you suffer from dark spots? Comment below!