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When it comes to putting together a skin care routine, one of the most popular ingredients to look for in skin care products is glycolic acid. What is glycolic acid, you ask? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). And what, exactly, does that mean? Well, AHAs like glycolic acid can exfoliate the surface of your skin. Dead skin cells that have built up on the surface of your skin can leave your complexion looking dull. Getting rid of this buildup by exfoliating can leave you with the appearance of brighter skin. Pretty cool, right? Ready to add glycolic acid to your skin care routine?
Here are our four best skin care products formulated with glycolic acid, including a facial cleanser, overnight moisturizer, and more, which can help minimize the appearance of dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles. Just keep in mind that AHAs such as glycolic acid can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity, so make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as directed (and take other sun protection measures including limiting your amount of time in the sun, seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas) after using skin care products formulated with glycolic acid.
Using a facial cleanser should be part of your morning and evening skin care routines—but why not try one with glycolic acid the next time you head to the sink to wash your face? The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser is formulated with glycolic acid and gentle micro-pearls to exfoliate dull skin cells from skin’s surface. Immediately, skin appears brighter, while skin looks more even with continued use over time.
How to use it: Use morning and night. Lather the facial cleanser into wet hands, gently massaging it onto skin in a circular motion, avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
You likely know how important sun protection is—no matter what time of year it is. Make things easier on yourself by reaching for a moisturizer with SPF. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol to help correct the look of dull, uneven skin tone. Immediately, skin looks brighter and feels hydrated, while skin tone looks more even.
How to use it: Apply the moisturizer with SPF as directed. Reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating—and don’t forget about the other sun protection measures we told you about earlier.
Beyond wrinkles, dull, uneven skin tone can make skin look older. Formulatd with glycolic acid, the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads gently yet effectively help dissolve uneven skin done and reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone and wrinkles. Plus, the multi-ply texture pads physically resurface dead skin cells so that skin looks brighter. Immediately, skin looks clarified, while skin tone is more even and wrinkles appear smoother with continued use over time.
How to use it: Use a peel pad nightly on clean skin. Gently apply in a circular motion to face. Do not rinse.
Just because you aren’t awake doesn’t mean you can’t work on your complexion. Using an overnight moisturizer can make all the difference in whether or not you wake up with a fresh-looking, hydrated face. Combining two effective skin care products into one pump, the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer is a dual-action anti-wrinkle and brightening skin care product. The first is an exfoliating concentrate formulated with glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells. The second is a brightening infusion formulated with vitamin C that enhances skin clarity, reduces the visibility of dark spots, uneven tone, and wrinkles. Two is better than one—and you can make your way to bed sooner by cutting out a second skin care product. Yes please!
How to use it: Every night, smooth the overnight moisturizer gently over cleansed skin.
Want more advice on using glycolic acid? Read our article, Your Glycolic Acid Skin Care Routine.