skin care essentials Can I Use Glycolic Acid Toner On My Skin Type?

How everyone can benefit from a little glycolic.

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There are myriad benefits to using toner but it’s one of those skin care products that often gets overlooked. For those who’ve found it challenging to find the right toner for them, witch hazel and apple cider vinegar have been the substitutes. But toner can be effective and easy to use, and one formulated for your specific skin care concerns can help take the guesswork out of whether or not it’s right for you. Not to mention, a toner made with your skin type in mind can really aid in getting you to the healthy skin you desire. That’s where the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner comes in. Keep reading to find out how this glycolic acid toner was formulated with every skin type in mind, plus how you can work it into your skin care regimen.

Meet The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner

Toner can be beneficial for your skin since it provides additional exfoliation for better layering of products that come after it. This glycolic acid-based toner was tested in three separate studies that included people with different skin types: one efficacy study of 100 women as well as two derm-controlled safety studies. It helps to smooth the texture of your skin, reduce the appearance of dark spots and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Immediately your skin has a refreshed feeling and over time your complexion sports a brighter glow.    

How the Revitalift Derm Intensives 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner Works For Different Skin Types

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that’s effective in treating several skin disorders. It can improve the skin’s appearance by reducing the look of wrinkles and photoaging. So we spoke to Madison Godesky, Senior Scientist of Scientific Affairs at L’Oréal Paris to understand how this new toner can work for different skin types based on the studies completed.

If you have dry skin you can still take advantage of the glycolic acid benefits of this toner because it also contains moisturizing ingredients. “You never want to use glycolic acid on broken, irritated skin. But in terms of dryness, gentle exfoliation can really go a long way,” says Godesky. “And in this formula there are multiple other skin soothing ingredients. It has a really nice level of glycerin, we include aloe, allantoin [a chemical compound that effectively moisturizes] and vitamins B, C and E which really can help in terms of soothing as well as dryness.”

If you have sensitive skin, the fragrance-free and dye-free nature of the toner helps make it suitable for your reactive complexion. “I think what’s also as important as what the formula includes, is what it doesn’t have in it,” Godesky explains. “Unlike a lot of other toners, this glycolic acid toner does not have alcohol in it, which really can help [if you have sensitive] or dry skin. This is really the type you would want to look for.”

If you have calm and balanced skin toner can aid in the efficacy of the products you layer on after it. “This toner helps smooth skin and skin texture and it’s really intended to help prep for the next step in the regimen—which is usually serum,” Godesky says. “So it really is intended and designed for this. In general this is supposed to be used after your cleanser and before your serum or treatment.”

If you have oily skin or acne-prone skin glycolic acid can help reduce excess oil and prevent the clogged pores that cause breakouts. As per the NCBI, clinicians have used glycolic acid peels to treat active acne, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. Formulated with a glycolic acid concentration designed for daily use, this toner can aid in gentle exfoliation to keep skin cleansed and keep buildup at bay.

If you have combination skin both your dry patches and oily areas can benefit from gentle exfoliation. Between the concentration of glycolic acid and the soothing ingredients in the toner, it’s suitable for all skin types. “When you consider any [product], you really have to look at not just the ingredient but also the level that’s included in it,” Godesky concludes. “Here we have five percent glycolic acid—10 percent is the maximum you can include in OTC cosmetics—and I think that’s really what helps to make it more amenable to multiple skin types.”

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