Glycolic acid is the most popular and widely used water-soluble alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) made from sugar cane.
AHAs are natural acids with tiny molecules that are very easy for your skin to absorb. For this reason, AHAs are ideal for many skin concerns, such as smoothing fine lines, improving skin texture, and anti-ageing. This blog post will explore the benefits and the Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid treatment.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment is a multi-tasking treatment serum and mask to improve skin texture and elasticity.
The treatment provides all glycolic acid benefits and is fortified with prickly pear to soothe and calm the skin. This makes it easier for all skin types, even sensitive ones, to use regularly.
Glycolic acid speeds up cell turnover and dissolves the bonds that hold skin cells together. It also triggers your skin to make more collagen, making it appear firmer and plumper.
In a previous post, I explain collagen in further detail and the impact ageing has.
- Anti-ageing: Smooths fine wrinkles
- Hydration: Plumps the skin
- Sun damage: Fades dark patches caused by sun damage
- Complexion: Skin brightening benefits
- Exfoliation: Prevents ingrown hairs
- Acne: Cleans pores to prevent blackheads
When choosing any glycolic acid treatment, there are a few considerations. One factor to consider with glycolic acid is its percentage, while the other is the product pH. I discussed product pH consideration benefits in a previous post, but the more acidic the product is, the stronger and more effective it will be on the skin. It is worth noting that most products do not list the pH of their products, so you will need to test this yourself. A higher percentage of glycolic in a product also carries a greater risk of irritation. Generally, OTC glycolic acid products are safe for your skin and work well. You can also take some extra precautions before and during use:
- Wear sunscreen – AHAs can increase sensitivity to the sun.
- Introduce the product to the skin – Start using it a few times a week and build up to daily use.
- Avoid use with these – Topical retinoids or rapid exfoliants.
Many glycolic acid products only contain glycolic acid, whereas Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment also contains Squalane and Dimethicone. Squalane supports the skin barrier, suppleness, hydration and texture, while dimethicone helps provide long-lasting skin-smoothing benefits and can help with certain skin conditions such as eczema.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment Ingredients:
WATER/ AQUA/ EAU, DIMETHICONE, GLYCOLIC ACID, SQUALANE, CAPRYLYL CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, PPG-12/SMDI COPOLYMER, POTASSIUM LACTATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PROPANEDIOL, STEARIC ACID, GLYCERIN, PPG-24-GLYCERETH-24, BIS-STEARYL DIMETHICONE, OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA FRUIT EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT, CYMBOPOGON SCHOENANTHUS OIL, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/ SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, CETEARETH-20, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CHLORPHENESIN, XANTHAN GUM, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRAL, GERANIOL, LIMONENE
This product would mainly help my Winter skin, which suffers from dry patches and dehydration, which exaggerates lines and wrinkles, in the colder weather. The product is generally fragrance-free and more like a lotion than a serum in texture. My skin type is more sensitive and prone to breakouts when irritated, so I was intrigued to see how my skin would react. After my initial use, I found a tingle sensation that wasn’t uncomfortable, just something I noticed. The feeling stopped after further use. So far, it has been just a couple of weeks of using it a few times a week, and I already see some noticeable results. Firstly my skin is much softer and has less texture to it. Also, my dry patches are gone, and my skin seems to absorb products much better due to unclogged pores. I will continue to use this and update you with my results.
The product is also sulfate, paraben, gluten, soy-free, phthalate-free, fragrance-free and vegan.
Have you tried the Sunday Riley Good Genes Acid Treatment?
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