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The Beauty Benefits of Glycolic Acid

Skin Care Concerns

The Beauty Benefits of Glycolic Acid The Beauty Benefits of Glycolic Acid The Beauty Benefits of Glycolic Acid

When it comes to adding skin care products to your skin care routine, you have plenty of options to choose from, ranging from facial cleansers to moisturizers to face masks to eye creams to dark spot correctors…well, you get the idea—the list goes on and on. As far as ingredients in skin care products go, one of the buzziest ones of the moments happens to be glycolic acid—and for good reason. Keep reading to learn what glycolic acid is and get the rundown on our skin care products formulated with glycolic acid.

What Is Glycolic Acid?

Ready to learn what glycolic acid is? You’ve come to the right place! According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). What exactly does that mean? According to the AAD, AHAs such as glycolic acid can help exfoliate skin’s surface, which can help to improve the appearance of skin’s texture and radiance. Glycolic acid sounds pretty neat, doesn’t it? Of course, before you add skin care products formulated with glycolic acid to your skin care routine, there is something you should keep in mind.

What Should You Know Before Using Glycolic Acid?

Before you start using a whole bunch of skin care products formulated with glycolic acid to your skin care routine, listen up. AHAs like glycolic acid can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity, so you should always follow up by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as directed after using a skin care product formulated with glycolic acid. That isn’t the only sun protection measure you should take, though. Additionally, remember to reapply at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating), limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.

What's a Good Glycolic Acid Skin Care Routine?

Want to use skin care products formulated with glycolic acid as part of your skin care routine? Below, we share the deets on our four skin care products formulated with glycolic acid and how to use them. As we said before, make sure to take sun protection measures after using any skin care product formulated with an AHA like glycolic acid.

L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser: This daily scrub facial cleanser is formulated with glycolic acid and gentle micro-pearls to exfoliate dullness and impurities from the surface of skin. Immediately, skin looks brighter, while skin tone appears more even with continued use over time. Every morning and evening, lather the facial cleanser into wet hands and gently massage it onto your skin in circular motions, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads: Never used a peel pad before? Prepare for them to be your next skin care product obsession! Formulated with glycolic acid, these multi-ply textured pads physically resurface dead skin cells from the surface of skin. Immediately, skin looks brighter and skin feels softer, while skin tone is more even and texture more refined with continued use over time. Use nightly on clean skin. Gently apply a peel pad in a circular motion to your face. That’s it!

L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer: We’re suckers for multitasking skin care products (because who really has the time to layer on one skin care product after the other after the other?), and this one fits the bill. This dual-action moisturizer features an exfoliating concentrate formulated with glycolic acid in one chamber and a brightening infusion formulated with vitamin C and Pro-Retinol in the other. This deeply hydrating overnight moisturizer glides onto skin and absorbs quickly. Every night, smooth the moisturizer gently over cleansed skin. Immediately, skin looks more radiant and feels hydrated, while skin tone looks more even and the appearance of dark spots is diminished with continued use over time.

L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30: Formulated with glycolic acid, Pro-Retinol, and vitamin C, this daytime moisturizer immediately makes skin appear brighter, while dull, uneven skin tone is renewed with continued use over time. This moisturizer is also formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30, so apply as directed and don’t forget about the other sun protection measures you should be taking daily—scroll back up for a refresher on those!

So, you’re now an expert on glycolic acid, but what about expanding your skin care knowledge even further? We can point you in the right direction. Just head on over to our article, What Is Hyaluronic Acid?.