Back in February, I got to spend almost a week in Phoenix on business. Because the weather was so iffy in the Boston area, I went out three days before my business actually started. How lucky to have 3 extra days in the sunshine and warm weather!
I was also lucky because I got to stay at a resort with spa and golf course right across the street from where my project was located. I think it was the Arizona Grand Resort. After getting lost (temporarily) in the heat and sunshine on a mountain trail that I was hiking, I decided I deserved a treat. I booked a facial at the resort’s spa.
The facial was good, not great, but the aesthetician recommended an affordable product that I ended up really loving: Glycolic and Retinol Pads.
I am trying hard to fade the dark spots that I have from years of being out in the sun with no or minimal sunscreen. Retinol is one of the key ingredients I’ve been using to fade the spots and to try to soften my fine lines and wrinkles. Prior to this product, I had never used glycolic acid on a regular basis.
Glycolic and Retinol Pads are made by a company in Arizona called Skin Script that I was unfamiliar with. What sold me on trying the product were the ingredients and the affordable price. It was less than $25 at the spa, and I just found them online for $22.50. It looks like they are widely available at salons and spas in the Phoenix-Tempe area, or on a variety of websites online. In the no-nonsense-looking plastic container are 50 unbleached cotton pads with the retinol and glycolic ingredients in a witch hazel medium (below is a photo of the pads in the container from an odd perspective).
In addition to retinol and glycolic acid 2%, there are arbutin 4% and kojic acid 3%. Here’s what the Skin Script website says about the ingredients:
- Glycolic Acid (2%)- Gently inspires cellular renewal without causing inflammation, deeply penetrates for even surface exfoliation, assists in refining skin texture and healing breakouts
- Arbutin (4%)-Limits melanin production, reduces visible pigmentation through lightening actions and the inhibition of tyrosinase
- Kojic Acid (3%)- Inhibits tyrosinase and also lightens existing pigmentation naturally, comparable to Hydroquinone without the negative side effects
- Retinol– Vitamin A derivate that causes ”forced exfoliation” to stimulate collagen production and reduce visible signs of aging.
The product is recommended to help fade acne scars and dark spots to help even skin tone. In addition, it helps break up oil and help refine pores. It’s recommended for anti-aging and also for oily skin. Now, I have sensitive, dry skin, and this product works so well for me. I use one pad every other night after cleansing as a toner. The witch hazel, a gentle natural astringent, is refreshing and leaves my skin feeling clean but not at all dry.
I use so many products to help fade my dark spots, it is difficult for me to attribute the fact that they are fading to one specific product. That said, I love Skin Script Glycolic and Retinol Pads. I love the fresh herbal scent from the witch hazel, and I love the way my skin feels after using them. Since I see that I only have a few left, I plan to order another jar. For the price, I think they’re a good deal.
Do you use retinol and glycolic acid products in your skincare routine?