While visiting my dermatologist, he suggested I introduce a glycolic face wash into my daily regime. In the past, I read data on glycolic acids to excess, but found I wasn’t sure if all the information offered a fountain of youth or was just your usual beauty hype. With some recent help from a few leading fruit acid beauty brands, I’ve researched and tested everything from cleansers to eye pads, and found positively interesting results.
To begin, let me explain what a glycolic is. Glycolic is arguably the most effective form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid. It is derived from the sugar cane plant and also can be obtained from citrus fruits, grapes and lactic acid (milk). Its purpose in the beauty arena is to refine the texture of skin by softening fine lines and wrinkles. Another benefit of glycolic is its ability to lighten discolorations and acne scars while shrinking the appearance of pores. This all occurs through the process of exfoliation, the shedding of dead skin cells from the top surface of the epidermis. Still, glycolic has yet another advantage as a rapid delivery system for any moisture or treatment based products you apply right after the use of a glycolic based product.
Sound too good to be true? I thought so too, but found some stand out products designed for use from head to toe that are worth your beauty dollar:
NeoStrata is basically your no gimmick glycolic regimen. The NeoStrata Company has been around since the 1970s, knocking out one fine line and blemish banishing product after another. NeoStrata brand professional skin care products are recommended by Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons in over 42 countries and are the #1 recommended professional AHA skin care brand by physicians worldwide.
NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash
A soft cleansing foam that works wonders on blemishes.
NeoStrata Gel Plus
Not for the sensitive complexion, but an amazing difference when used on hands.
Exuviance by NeoStrata
The patented Exuviance line of skincare products contains a unique combination of Alpha and Polyhydroxy acids, soothing botanicals and marine extracts to restore and moisturize the skin. Vitamins, antioxidants and sunscreens protect the skin against harmful environmental factors, free radicals and premature aging.
Exuviance SkinRise Morning Bionic Tonic
An absolute favorite during our two week trials. Skin appears firmer almost immediately, and still remains moist and hydrated.
Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads
A gentle way to soothe, treat and reverse the signs of aging below the delicate eye area without any irritation.
DDF – Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula
DDF founder, Dr. Howard Sobel has been a practicing New York City dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon for more than 25 years, combining modern technology with cosmetic skin care. Dr. Sobel created DDF as a union of cosmetic dermatology and topical skin care. These products deliver excellent results without a prescription.
Decelerate Professional Anti-Aging Protocol
The best approach to taking your first step toward a gentle glycolic regimen. Also, Decelerate is a great prep for skin before stronger glycolic treatments and products.
DDF 7-Day Radiance Peel Kit
The best at home peel kit we tested that delivered in just 7 days.
Murad City Skin Night Treatment with Anti-Pollution Complex & ActiMatrix
CitySkin Night Treatment delivered tighter, brighter skin after a two week trial. Since this is only a treatment, your skin may require a moisturizer to be used in conjunction.