Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Gentler Glycolic Peel?

Hello everyone, 

I hope your week has been going good.

Time for another skincare post that I hope you all will enjoy. Today I am going to discuss Glycolic Acid and it's supposed benefits for the skin.

Glycolic Acid has been quite the rage in the skincare world recently and for good reason; Glycolic Acid is considered to be a chemical exfoliant for the skin. In simpler terms, it basically means that it is supposed to slough away dead skin, in a similar way to a exfoliating scrub, and reveal newer skin underneath. 

While all this sounds amazing, we have to keep in mind that Glycolic Acid is a chemical and putting it on your skin can cause irritation, which is why most skincare mavens recommend starting with a very low percent and building tolerance. 

Recently I tested out a more natural Glycolic Acid treatment from the brand Andalou Naturals to see if it works just as well as some higher potency Glycolic treatment. 

*Disclaimer: All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own. Clicking on the images will lead you to more product and purchasing info. No affiliate links are used. 

Product Info: I purchased this mask from my local Organic store and it was around $15.00.

How To Use It: As any mask, you apply this all over your face, leave on for 10 minutes, and rinse off. You can use this mask up to three times a week. 

Overall: This mask is really gentle and you can barely feel the Glycolic Acid which I don't know is such a good thing. The scent is amazing because of the pumpkin. The mask also contains Vitamin C which is said to brighten skin and I can notice a bit of a difference. 

Now, using Glycolic Acid can help the skin long term but you need to gradually increase the percent you use for it to continue making a difference in your skin's appearance and this is a good product to start with building your tolerance. I have tried Glycolic Acid before so I think this is a little too light for my skin but for someone trying Glycolic for the first time would benefit from this product. 

If you are in the market for a more rigorous Glycolic Acid, try a daily toner with a bit of Glycolic Acid in it, like the Perricone Firming Facial Toner which is a little more intensive of a treatment. 

I am also trying out a newer much more intensive Glycolic Acid toner which I will review in the future. 

I hope this post was helpful for you and maybe you learned a bit more about Glycolic Acid. If you have tried Gycolic Acid before definitely let me know in the comments about your experience and which products you enjoy. 

Until next time...

-Cate W. 

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