Some skincare ingredients split opinion (vitamin, cough, C, cough), but ask any physician to give you their thoughts on glycolic acid and we’d bet our bottom dollar that every single one of them would sing its praises. Used in everything from chemical peels to everyday cleansers, glycolic acid gets the job done. It just does. And what job might that be? To stimulate the skin’s natural exfoliation process in order to minimize build-up, reduce congestion and improve texture, tone and radiance.
Far superior to harsh, grainy scrubs, glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant that works by breaking the bonds between dead skin cells and sloughing them away – and in terms of the skincare scale of effectiveness, it’s right up there with retinol and hyaluronic acid.
That’ll be why medical-grade skincare powerhouse, SkinCeuticals has harnessed the power of this wonder ingredient for its latest skincare launch.
What It Is
Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is a potent night cream, formulated specifically to target texture and tone. Its USP comes in the form of a free acid value of 10 percent glycolic acid (widely regarded as the optimum percentage of glycolic acid for at-home skincare, btw). Not heard of ‘free acid value’? Well, this refers to the true strength of a product, which is affected not just by the concentration, but also by the pH level of the formula. Why is pH important? Because as the pH level in a product increases, the active concentration of an acid decreases, therefore weakening its strength. Aha.
Hold on a second, though, because that’s not all. Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is not only packed with this powerhouse of glycolic acid, but also contains 2 percent phytic acid, an effective melanin formation blocker; plus natural oils and botanicals such as jojoba and sunflower seed oil to reduce inflammation, comfort the skin and lock in moisture.
What It Does
By promoting cell turnover, Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight helps promote brighter, smoother, healthier skin. In an eight-week clinical study with 50 females aged between 35 and 64, it was proven to significantly improve radiance, texture and tone when used nightly and in conjunction with a daily, broad-spectrum sunscreen. It’s also shown to be an awesome complement to a professional chemical peel because it not only aids in pre-conditioning the skin, but it helps extend the results of the treatment. Bonus.
From ascorbic to salicylic, we’re major fans of skin-loving acids at HintMD HQ. And if we were going to rate them? Well, glycolic would definitely make the top three. No doubt about it.
When we buy skincare, however, we like to know that active ingredients aren’t just there to pack an impressive punch on the shelf, but that they’re present in the correct quantity and formulation as to be as effective as possible. Otherwise, we call that money down the drain. And this is why we’re sold with Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight. End. Of.
Word to the wise, however: while Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight has been proven perfectly tolerable for nightly use, some skin types may need time to acclimate to such high levels of glycolic acid. If this sounds like you, try limiting your initial use to once or twice a week until your tolerability increases. Then you should be hunky-dory.