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Glycolic acid is one of the most popular skin care ingredients of the moment, thanks to its ability to help brighten the look of your skin. According to Mayo Clinic, glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that can help remove dead skin cells. Sloughing away dead skin cell buildup from the surface of your skin can help make your complexion look more radiant.
If you want to add skin care products formulated with glycolic acid to your skin care routine, keep reading to learn about our best. Not to mention, some of these skin care products are also formulated with vitamin C—another notable skin care ingredient. Find all the details below.
Chances are you already have enough things to handle in the morning, so we’ll keep this simple for you. There are just two essential steps to using glycolic acid skin care to start your day (and your skin care routine) off right.
When you wake up in the morning, your first skin care step should be to use a facial cleanser. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 3.5% Glycolic Acid Cleanser is formulated with glycolic and salicylic acid. It helps to exfoliate dead skin cell buildup and impurities from the surface of your skin to refine the appearance of enlarged pores and reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. Lather the product into wet hands and gently massage onto skin in a circular motion, avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse thoroughly, then pat dry.
Once you’ve cleansed, it’s an absolute must to pick up a moisturizer. Our L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 (which is formulated with glycolic acid and vitamin C) helps correct the look of dull, uneven tone, lines, and wrinkles to reveal radiant, youthful-looking clarity with continued use. For sun protection, apply daily as directed, making sure to reapply regularly throughout the day.
Editor’s note: Keep in mind that AHAs like glycolic acid can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so it’s important to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as directed. Additionally, when you’re using skin care products formulated with glycolic acid, you’ll want to take other sun protection measures, such as limiting your amount of time in the sun, seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas.
Your bed may be calling your name, but don’t let your head hit the pillow just yet. Show your skin a little attention first. Just three more steps in your glycolic skin care routine and then you’re free to start catching some shut-eye.
You can use the same cleanser morning and night. At the end of the day, all of your makeup—and anything else your skin has come into contact with—should be washed off.
Once you’ve cleansed your skin, gently sweep one of the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads over your face in circular motions. These peel pads are formulated with glycolic acid to help resurface dull, uneven tone and rough texture to reveal more youthful-looking skin. The best part: Using a peel pad will only add an extra minute or two to your skin care routine. Well worth it!
Next, try truly indulging in the benefits of glycolic acid by using our L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum. This face serum visibly evens skin tone and reduces the look of dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles over time. Apply four to five drops of the serum to clean, dry skin every evening. Those with sensitive skin should start by using our glycolic acid serum two to three times per week, building to nightly use.
Almost done—it’s time to moisturize again. Instead of using a daytime moisturizer with SPF, you’ll want to switch to one meant for nighttime. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer is a dual-action skin care product. It combines an exfoliating concentrate formulated with glycolic acid, as well as a brightening infusion starring vitamin C. Together, the pairing helps to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, enhance clarity, and help reduce the visibility of dark spots, uneven tone, and wrinkles with over time. To use, smooth the nighttime moisturizer over your skin until absorbed. And that’s a wrap!
Next: We suggest learning more about another ingredient we touched on—vitamin C. Here's our L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Vitamin C Serum Review.
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