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What Is Glycolic Acid?

Skin Care Concerns

What Is Glycolic Acid? What Is Glycolic Acid? What Is Glycolic Acid?

Anyone who has ever picked up a beauty product and taken a peek at the label knows just how hard it can be to understand all the ingredients listed on the back. Seriously, what do all those super-long words really mean? If there’s one ingredient in particular you may have noticed featured prominently on packaging recently, it could very well be glycolic acid. What is glycolic acid, you ask? Keep reading to learn all about this trendy skin care ingredient.

What is Glycolic Acid?

Don’t worry—all of your questions about glycolic acid are about to be answered. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs such as glycolic acid can exfoliate the surface of your skin. And when you exfoliate dull surface skin buildup, this can help your complexion look brighter. Pretty cool, right? Want to learn how to use glycolic acid as part of your beauty regimen? We’ve got your answer coming up next!

Our Best Products Formulated with Glycolic Acid

Now that you know what glycolic acid is, it’s time to add it to your skin care routine! You can find products formulated with glycolic acid in the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal line. This skin care collection consists of four products: cleanser, peel pads, moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, and overnight moisturizer. And of course, each of the four is formulated with glycolic acid. Below, find out more about each of the products and exactly how to use them as part of your skin care routine.

Just keep in mind that AHAs like 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 after using any of the below.

L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser: Formulated with gentle mirco-pearls and glycolic acid, this scrub cleanser exfoliates dullness and impurities from skin’s surface to help improve skin tone, texture and clarity, revealing brighter and more radiant-looking skin.

How to use it: Use morning and night. Lather into wet hands, gently massaging onto skin in a circular motion, avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads: These multi-ply textured pads formulated with glycolic acid physically resurface dead skin cells from skin’s surface. Immediately, skin looks brighter, while skin looks more even with continued use over time.

How to use it: Use nightly on clean skin. Gently apply in a circular motion to face. Do not rinse.

L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30: This hydrating moisturizer formulated with glycolic acid can help skin appear more radiant. Plus, it’s also formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30.

How to use it: Use as directed, and take other sun protection measures as well, including reapplying at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating, limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.

L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer: This dual-action skin care product features an exfoliating concentrate formulated with glycolic acid in one chamber and a brightening infusion in the other. Immediately, skin looks fresher and more radiant.

How to use it: Every night, smooth gently over cleansed skin.

Congratulations: You’re now officially a glycolic acid pro! You know how it works, as well as how to add it to your skin care routine, so go ahead and try it. Once you’ve checked out the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal collection for yourself, move on to another skin care trend. Check out our article, Multi-Masking Recipes for Every Combination Skin Type, to learn how to apply different face masks to different areas of your face at the same time.