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Liquid Gold and Glycolic Fix pads – exfoliation at home

For quite a time now I’ve stopped using all this harsh face scrubs with beads and changed to more gentle exfoliation with acids. Glycolic acid is one of the most popular ingredients used for a gentle, home exfoliation, but higher strengths can be used by trained beauticians or doctors for deeper exfoliation. Professional peels can reduce post acne scaring and even out the skin, reduce some hyper pigmentation and small wrinkles. Glycolic acid works by dissolving and removing dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and reveals young, new cells underneath for that young, glowing look. One important thing to remember – SPF is a must after using acids.Glycolic acid will uncover new layers of skin and that makes it very sensitive for sun. It’s very easy to burn your face, especially in the summer or on holidays. High SFP is highly recommended. Acids for use at home are in much lower strength and are safe to use, if used according to the information on the box. It will not burn your face, but it might make it tingly for a moment and a bit pinky for a few minutes afterwards. That’s fine and that’s normal. I had a series of 6 peels done by a dermatologist and it worked wonders for my face. That was a few years ago, and I would still recommend it if you’ve got time and money. At the moment I feel like we have way bigger choice of some great acid products to use at home, that it makes it easier, quicker and cheaper to do it that way.

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Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and is the most popular exfoliating acid used in cosmetic industry. It works wonders to brighten the skin, renew the surface of the skin, reduce small wrinkles, reduce some skin discolouration and post acne scaring. I have noticed, that since using acid peels I don’t break out nearly at all. The range of products is huge now: toners, pads, masks, creams. I like using pads or liquid as it’s easy and quick. Two products here I’ve been using for a while now.

 

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Starting with a more gentle option Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix pads are simply pads soaked with low strength glycolic acid. Very easy to use, after cleansing face you just take one pad, work it around face, neck and décolleté and job done. The packaging changed a bit since I bought that one, but I believe it’s still the same formula. It’s quite a gentle option so the producer suggests to use it once or twice daily. I use it mostly at night, for the lack of time in the morning. These are contain some soothing ingredients like witch hazel and panthenol which is great. It contains 2.8% glycolic acid, which is quite low. Makes it perfect product if you’re starting your journey with acids and for very sensitive skin types. One thing to remember if you’re using acids you must wear an SPF every day. Really great product to use daily. It does contain alcohol but a bit further on the list, which means it’s not a lot. I would say that even sensitive skin should be ok with it, just maybe once daily to start with.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Disodium EDTA, Globularia Alypum (Blue Daisy) Extract, Panthenol, Lactic Acid, Parfum, Limonene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral

 

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Second product is Liquid Gold by Alpha-H. The company mastered the use of AHA in various products, but this is their bestseller. It is stronger than pads and it does exfoliate well. It’s 10% glycolic acid, which is still safe to use at home. In comparison Doctors are using 30% or stronger for face treatments. It’s to be used only 2-3 times a week, on non consecutive days. Just pour a small amount on a cotton wool and work it through your face, neck and décolleté. I use it at night and that’s what I would recommend to everyone. It does contain alcohol, which can be smelled quite strongly. If you’ve got sensitive skin, I would test it on a small area first or reduce it to twice weekly max. There is a bit of tingle and temporary redness after using Liquid Gold but that’s expected. I use face oil after Liquid Gold for some extra moisture. Seems to work really well together. After a few weeks my skin looks really good. There is no breakouts no matter what moisturiser I use. My skin looks glowing and refreshed. This is a very good product, but I would recommend to read a leaflet really carefully and use it as directed. If I go on holidays I tend to take pads with me as it’s lower strength. Again, with Liquid Gold high SPF is a must.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract.



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2 responses to “Liquid Gold and Glycolic Fix pads – exfoliation at home”

  1. […] 10 minutes I removed it and used Alpha-H Liquid Gold (review HERE) with Glycolic Acid for exfoliating effect. After a few minutes I applied Hydra Quench Mask from […]

  2. […] Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid is my exfoliation step. I don’t use any scrubs any more, but I exfoliate my skin with AHA and BHA. Review HERE […]

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