Ingredient Focus: Glycolic Acid

Ingredient Focus: Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid has been hot topic in the skincare industry for many a year, other ingredients come and go but Glycolic Acid is here to stay. Improving texture, removing dead skin cells and brightening the skin are just a few of the many benefits of using Glycolic Acid.

What is Glycolic Acid?

It’s an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and can be derived from cane sugar.
It’s the smallest Alpha Hydroxy Acid so it has the ability to penetrate quickly and deeply into the skin.

What does Glycolic Acid do?

It dissolves the the bond between dead skin cells and new skin cells which improves skin tone and forces the skin to regenerate itself more quickly.
It improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
It loosens blockages from within the pores to reduce blackheads and sebum build-up.
It gently peels off the outer layer of skin cells allowing your skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin.
The benefits of Glycolic Acid are compound so with regular use, the benefits will become more apparent.
Top Picks:
Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser - Glycolic Acid Concentration: 4.9%
This best-selling and award-winning facial cleanser is Anthony’s hero products. It’s a non-foaming creamy lotion which gently exfoliates the skin as it removes dirt and grime.
When to use is: morning and night.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution - Glycolic Acid Concentration: 7%
A simple toner which you should apply using your fingertips, not cotton pads. Dispense a couple of drops into the palm of your hand and press it into the skin. Don't rinse it off. The key here is the 3.6 pH of this product; Glycolic Acid works best in products with a low pH level so The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution works a treat.
When to use: maximum of once daily at night time.
Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peels
A daily exfoliating a resurfacing treatment, Dr Dennis Gross’ patented Alpha Beta Peels put the skin into a heightened state of repair and offer a daily ‘sweep’ of dead skin to renew and brighten the skin tone.
When to use: once daily, morning or night.
Germaine de Cappuccino Synergyage Glycocure Hydro Retexturing Booster Concentrate
A lightweight, creamy lotion which contains Glycolic Acid contained in cyclodextrins. This increase the size of the molecule meaning it sinks more slowly into the skin giving a more prolonged and more gentle peeling treatment.
When to use: use twice daily before moisturising. Always follow with SPF.
Jack Black 8% Glycolic Acid Line Smoother Treatment - Glycolic Acid Concentration: 8%
A powerful anti-ageing treatment developed especially for men’s skin, Jack Black’s Line Smoother Glycolic Acid Treatment targets fine lines and wrinkles with a high concentration of Glycolic Acid. This formula also feature liquorice extract which soothes and calms to the skin to prevent irritation.
When to use: morning and night. Always follow with SPF.