When we think of “tried and true” skincare ingredients, for many of us, glycolic acid comes to mind. Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), usually found in exfoliators for its ability to peel away dead skin cells. The benefits don’t stop there. We’ll share why dermatologists recommend adding this ingredient to your skincare routine as we dive into everything you should know about glycolic acid for skin care.
What is Glycolic Acid?
You know it’s an AHA. But did you know it’s one of the most effective AHAs around? Because of its size (it’s one of the smallest alpha hydroxy acids), it can quickly absorb into the skin and exfoliate better than hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, and other popular AHAs. Quicker absorption and better exfoliation lead to dead skin shedding faster (also known as cell turnover). This reveals the youthful skin underneath.
In addition to speeding up cell turnover, AHAs are known for triggering the skin to produce extra collagen. Glycolic acid is no exception. As you get older, your skin starts to lose its natural ability to create collagen, a protein that is essential to healthy, youthful skin. When you produce less collagen, your skin begins to sag and lose its elasticity.
Aging isn’t the only way you can lose collagen. There are many causes of collagen declines:
- UV Exposue
- Inflammatory diets
It's important to fortify your skin with products that contain glycolic acid, like the Routine 10 Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream. By applying the cream to areas that are more susceptible to fine lines, creases, and wrinkles (i.e., face, neck, hands), you help to slow down the aging process.
Benefits of Glycolic Acid for Your Skin
At its core, it acts as a chemical exfoliant, but the benefits don’t stop there. It brings a lot more to the table – or shall we say to your skincare routine.
- Treats acne: When glycolic acid peels away dead skin cells, it prevents pores from getting clogged, which is the main cause of acne.
- Plumps skin: By adding hydration, glycolic acid not only prevents it from drying out but also gives it a plump, youthful appearance.
- Fades dark spots: One of the disadvantages of spending too much time in the sun is dark spots caused by sun damage. This super ingredient doesn’t just fade dark spots. It also protects collagen from UV exposure.
- Improves Complexion: When you consistently use a product containing glycolic acid, such as the Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream, you’ll soon notice a brighter complexion
How to Use Glycolic Acid
One of the most important things you should know about glycolic acid for skin care is how to correctly use it.
The best advice we can give is to follow the product instructions. If you use it incorrectly, it can lead to irritation. OTC products contain less than one percent of glycolic acid, but that’s enough to irritate sensitive skin. We recommend performing a patch test before using the product. To err on the side of caution, use it during the night, as AHAs can cause sensitivity in the daytime.
Reveal Younger Skin with the Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream
Who doesn’t want to slow down the hands of time? If you’re still searching for an affordable, yet effective solution to smoother skin, you’ll appreciate our glycolic cream. It’s formulated with other powerful anti-aging ingredients, like glycerin, Aloe Vera, and arnica, an oil commonly used to reduce inflammation.
For best results, we recommend using the smoothing glycolic cream in the evening, after cleansing your skin. Apply to your face, neck, and hands for a more youthful appearance.