Updated: May 17
As part of your daily routine, glycolic acid not only maintains a youthful glow, but it can shave off years of damage and aging. Smooth and soft skin are only the beginning.
Glycolic acid, known in the beauty industry as an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), is known by most beauty product consumers. However, many people are not aware of how it functions to give your skin it's youthful glow.
This AHA works by breaking cell bonds between your skin's epidermis and dermis (top and second layers). In this process, dead skin cells are removed as a by-product. This results, depending on the strength of glycolic acid used, in peeling. After the peeling comes the healing, revealing new skin cells that result in the well known "smoother and brighter" facial glow. Unlike microdermabrasion, which uses physical means of dead skin cell removal, glycolic acid uses chemical removal. Microdermabrasion gives an immediately brighter and softer look. Glycolic acid treatments take more time before seeing results, but focus on overall improvement of skin texture. It also has the added benefit of drawing moisture into the skin, despite the after-peel effect. I personally have done both and like to use them in conjunction, alternating between treatment types for the greatest effect.
Glycolic acid is an ingredient in many products, but my favorite daily use item with this AHA is Dermskin's Glycol Gel Deep Cleanser. I have been using this product for over a decade and it is definitely one of the items that keep my skin clean, soft and healthy. In fact, whenever I go to a spa for a facial treatment, I am complimented on the softness of my skin and absence of wrinkles. Best of all, this face wash is a gel, which is recommended as it adheres to the skin and is perfect to use with a cleansing brush. Hands down, this product gets an A+ and is Dr. Beauty approved.