Acids have been a big thing in the beauty world for a number of years, Caroline Hirons brought them to the forefront of our attention with her mention of the Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliation toning lotion. Since then the beauty world has been bombarded with various ways to add acids to everyone’s skincare routines. It seems we are going to be seeing a LOT of new acid products being released throughout 2018. I have personally found using acids in my skincare massively beneficial. I like to use the Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Pore-Refining Lotion (2% BHA) when I feel my skin is needing a bit of a deep cleans, and when its that annoying time of the month, It just keeps the skin in check and any blemishes that do appear it makes them less of a pain to get rid of.
Since Summer last year I have really paired back my skincare, this reminds me, I must do an updated daily skincare post! Anyway, I have been using Differin gel every other night on my skin which helps blemish prone skin and also aids cell turnover meaning its pretty good for people concerned with ageing. On the nights I use this get I tend to just use this alone because the use of acids and Differin tend to be quite harsh on my skin. On the days I don’t use Differin I have been using these two products.
This is a potent serum containing a concentrated mix of Glycolic acid, Citric acid, Salicylic acid & a few others thrown in there for good measure too. The serum has been created to combat dull skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots giving skin a more even appearance and texture. I really, really like this serum. I have to admit the price is a little hefty for a 30ml bottle but I have actually noticed my red marks left behind by the occasional spot here and there. It makes my skin appear brighter, and more even which is exactly what it needs at this point in winter. With it being a serum, the formula is a lightweight texture that skins into the skin very quickly. You will experience slight tingling when you use this serum, Its completely normal and it does subside after a couple of minutes.
This is a very similar product to the AHA Peel mentioned above. A concentrated serum that offers a mix of AHA & BHA’s that exfoliates, peels (Don’t read too much into the word ‘peel’ I have had no peeling from this product at all) resurfaces and plumps skin. I would say this serum is possibly better at hydrating the skin than the Institute Esthederm serum with the use of Sodium Hyaluronate in the formula. I think personally I found this to be slightly more gentle on the skin which is great for skin that gets irritated easily. Obviously, all acid products used on the skin irritate but I guess it’s just which ones your skin can tolerate better. My skin is really used to acids and retinol so it can take something a little stronger. I am actually going to give this to my mum to use on her skin as I think it would be perfect for her.
Have you tried adding an acid serum to your skincare arsenal?
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