Tuesday, 1 September 2015

On Trial: 5 Glycolic Acid Beauty Products

My skin is problematic to say the least, I have had on going acne since I was a teenager, so I have quite a lot of scarring. I'm doing my best to combat these dark spots at home, so I don't have to splash my cash on microdermabrasion; I might eventually have the treatment but for now I'm trialling some at home treatments.

I find myself scouring the internet for acne scarring solutions and one common ingredient in the products suggested is Glycolic Acid. This is often found in brightening, renewing skincare products but can also be used to fade scarring, as well as getting a glow!

I would like to note glycolic acid isn't always suitable for people with sensitive skins, so be careful!

Here are 5 Glycolic Acid products on trial:

Glycolic Acid Product Review

Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Pads
These nifty little pads make my skincare routine so simple. Once I've removed my make-up, I sweep a pad over my face, and that's it! Then I move onto toning and moisturising, so simple to use. I find these sting a little, so I wouldn't recommend them to anyone with sensitive skin and I would always suggest following up with a moisturiser, as they might leave your skin feeling a little tight.

Glycolic Acid Mask, Pads, Toner Review

Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Mask
Another Nip and Fab product that I love! This mask is a little strange in consistency, it's a goopy, clear gel, which you leave on to dry. I do notice my skin looks brighter after I use this! Again, I wouldn't recommend this to people with sensitive skin as it does have a strong grapefruit scent, which might cause irritation.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel
I grabbed this while it was half price, which made it around £2.50! I'm always intrigued by overnight products, this one especially caught my eye as it was a 'peel'. If you've research acne scar fading like I have, you will know you can have peels done, which strip layers of dead skin cells off, revealing fresher, clearer skin underneath; these are often pricey though. I wouldn't say that this is a peel, it neither peels off or makes layers of your skin peel off, it's more of an overnight mask. I do like using this product, and have noticed my skin improves in quality after use, but I think it's branded wrong.

Superdrug Glycolic Acid Overnight Peel Review

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Face Mask
I'd been eyeing up this mask for ages! I've heard so many rave reviews so when I managed to get a sample, I was keen to try it out! It's a orange goopy gel, much like the texture of the Nib and Fab Mask. I found this mask had the most 'tingle' out of those I was trialling, I didn't mind this but some people may find it uncomfortable. My skin did feel tighter and looked more clear after use. I think this one is my favourite because I can actually feel it working, I'll be purchasing the full size for sure.

REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner
I wouldn't suggest using this toner every day, just as more of a boosting product when your skin is at it's worst. It's very strong, it's incredibly tightening but also refreshing as well because of it's menthol fragrance. I would recommend using a moisturiser after this product, as it does leave your skin feeling tight but I love the effect it gives; it's the only toner I have immediate results with!

REN Clarimatte Toner Review Glycolic Acid

I don't think any of these products are perfect, they all have different pros and cons but they are much cheaper than any facial treatment. I just tend to pick and choose when I use these products to make the most of them and not dry my skin out too much.

I think I will eventually go for microdermabrasion, so if you've had it done, please let me know how you got on in the comments!

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3 comments

  1. I'll definitely have to check out some of the products you've mentioned as scarring is a big concern of mine too! I've heard good things about the REN mask so that's definitely on my list!

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  2. I love the REN Glycolactic Mask! I like the Nip + Fab pads too although they do contain alcohol, which is a shame. I would like to try the Nip + Fab mask though to see how it compares to REN's :) xx

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