Do you use glycolic acid products as part of your skincare routine? For women who want to keep the hands of time from moving too fast or for women of a certain age who want to turn back the hands of time, glycolic acid is a must.
What is glycolic acid? It’s a natural AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that comes from sugarcane. Many dermatologists consider GA to be the best performing AHA because of the small size of its molecule that allows it to deeply and quickly penetrate skin. GA exfoliates the skin by clearing away dead surface skin cells. Once it penetrates the skin, perhaps into the dermis, it stimulates collagen production to help reduce wrinkles. In addition to wrinkle reduction, it helps reduce photo aging by fading dark spots. That’s why I’m a big fan. It hits all the bases for me: wrinkle reduction, dark spot fading and stimulates the production of collagen. Yes!
If you’re just starting out with glycolic acid, you want to start small, meaning with not too high a percentage of GA so your skin can get used to it. I recommend checking out Reviva Labs Glycolic Acid Facial Toner and Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream, two products I’ve been using. Reviva Labs actually has an entire line of glycolic acid skincare. So I have more products yet to try. Reviva Labs glycolic acid products have ph (acid levels) in the 3-4ph range for effectiveness but that could produce a little stinging. In order to prevent stinging, Reviva Labs GA products contain natural anti-irritants. I never felt a twinge!
Reviva Labs Glycolic Acid Facial Toner
I received Reviva Labs Glycolic Acid Facial Toner in July, and I’ve been using it faithfully ever since. The Toner is great for those starting out because it’s 3% glycolic acid. A non-stinging formula, I find it to be very gentle. It provides the cleansing and freshening benefits of toner with the added benefits of glycolic acid. I use it every night after my cleanser.
Reviva describes the toner as follows: “A special toner that gives the normal toner properties of extra cleansing PLUS Glycolic’s benefits for smoother, fresher-looking skin. This unique formula is super-saturated with soothing anti-irritants (aloe vera gel, hyaluronic acid & allantoin) to avoid unpleasant stinging.”
Reviva Labs Glycolic Acid Facial Toner contains 4 fl. oz. I’m about 2/3 of the way through my bottle because I’m addicted to it. It’s so refreshing especially in summer! It’s priced around $12 so I can afford to buy more.
Ingredients: Demineralized spring water, aloe vera gel, glycolic acid, polysorbate 20, hyaluronic acid, hydrolized mucopolysaccharides, allantoin, beta carotene, ammonium hydroxide, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citric acid.
Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream
Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream is a slightly higher percent glycolic acid than the toner, but it is still not harsh. It’s a great GA cream to start out with. In addition to GA, it contains botanic extracts.
It is a lightweight cream. In fact, I’d describe it as a liqui-cream that sinks into my skin on contact. I’ve had the product for several months, and I’ve really enjoyed using it. At this point, my skin is ready for a higher percent glycolic acid. But when I jumped up to a GA that was too high (18%), my skin protested and I came back to Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream. I need to step up to Reviva Labs 10% Glycolic Cream before I go back to the 18% GA cleanser.
Reviva Labs describes the 5% Cream as follows: “Contains a unique polymer form of glycolic acid & hellip actual strands of glycolic that enter the skins own natural polymer structure. They penetrate more effectively to induce better exfoliation.”
The jar contains 1.5 fl. oz. and the MSRP is $25. This is a long-lasting product because a little of the liqui-cream goes a long way. I’ve had it for several months and I still have about a 1/4 of the jar left.
Ingredients: Purified water, 5% glycolic acid polymer (extracts of sugar and rhubarb), extracts of pumpkin, peach, sage, comfrey, chamomile, witch hazel, vitamins A,D,E, safflower oil, sunflower oil.
Reviva Labs is a fabulous, affordable, natural skincare brand with an amazing array of products for different skincare needs. If you haven’t tried Reviva Labs yet, it is one of the best values in skincare. The company is research-oriented and combines science with natural ingredients. The products are paraben-free, cruelty-free and made in the U.S. Reviva Labs skincare is sold at Ulta Beauty, on the Reviva Labs website, on Vitacost.com, iherb.com, at Walmart.com, as well as other online retailers.
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