I think my skin’s dislike of glycolic acid is well documented on ze blog here. It’s just an ingredient that doesn’t work for me. Mind you though, it did at some point? When I was in my 30s it did work well for me. But now as I age? No way can do thank you very muchly. It just irritates my skin and breaks me out like crazy. But, I WANT to be able to use something to exfoliate my skin chemically because dude-it’s just the easiest way. Not that I’ll give up my manual exfoliator though-but I find I kind of need both to keep my skin clean and clear.
So, I started looking into products with Lactic Acid. Lactic Acid is of course derived from milk, and our bodies make it as well. That means there’s less chance being allergic to it, and therefore it’s a good option for people like me with sensitive skin. And it’s especially good for those of us with..ahem..mature skin. Lactic Acid will exfoliate, deep clean them pores, improve hyperpigemntation and even out skin tone, take care of any fine lines, and even stimulate natural collagen production. Sign me up!
Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Lactic Acid Cleanser And Mask($45)
I first heard about the Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Lactic Acid Cleanser And Mask from Liz@Reductionista awhile ago, and filed it in the skincare section of my beauty mind palace 😛 I remember being intrigued but of course, it’s a cleanser and I
was am up to my knees in cleansers. But when I started looking for products with lactic acid, this one kept coming up in my searches, and after asking Liz if she still liked it, I picked one up at The Bay.
I like it too! It’s a nice creamy cleanser that’s got the added benefit of being able to be used as a mask! And that’s how I mainly use it. After my workouts, I apply about 2-3 pumps all over my face and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. Well, until I feel a tingle. That’s when I know the magic is happening. Then I hop into the shower and rinse it all off. I think it’s a great, first-step into lactic acid exfoliation, especially for us older chicks. It doeesn’t dry out skin, and even brightens it up a bit. Right now, I use it about 3 times a week, but you can use it every day if you like. It’s not a cleanser to remove makeup though. This is a great second cleanser to have, or to use AFTER you’ve removed your makeup with a cleansing oil or a wipe.
Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant($52)
Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant is the next step up in using lactic acid to exfoliate. I use this one once a week to really deep clean and exfoliate my skin. I leave it on for about 10 minutes and Bazinga! Smooth, brighter, more even skin is mine! This is probably the most gentle exfoliating mask I’ve tried, so it’s perfect for sensitive skins like mine. It does a great job at keeping any dry, flaky skin at bay as well, which is what I’m pretty sure clogs up my pores causing breakouts. It doesn’t make my skin drier either, so YAY for that.
Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel ($108)
When I had that god-awful breakout in California last week, I of course walked into Sephora at Downtown Disneyland to get SOMETHING to help me. I already mentioned the Murad products that helped, but I also got a sample of the Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel after talking with a nice SA about mature skin and breakouts. She said this was amazing for older chicks with skin that still think it’s 20 and breaks out when environment or life changes(hello menopause) happens. After trying the sample, I decided to use my #EpicRewardsFail $50 coupon to get a full-size, because after one use I fell in love.
Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel is a leave on at night baby peel that combines retinol, glycolic and lactic acid to resurface skin. And even though glycolic acid is an ingredient, my skin seems to tolerate it in this combo for some strange reason. You can use it every other night, but the SA told me to just keep it to once a week, and I agree. For me, once a week is enough, but if you have more resilient skin than me(WHO DOESN’T) then go to town and use it as recommended. Over night my skin looked smoother and it helped my breakouts look SO much better as well. And since I’ve been home and the breakout is gone, it’s taken care of any scars toot sweet. NICE. The only thing I dislike about it is the SMELL. It smells like a wet washcloth on my face. It sort of goes away and you get used to it? But yeah, it’s not a nice smell at all so try a sample first and see if you can stomach the scent. The results are worth the stench I swear!
Happy Friday All! I hope your week was good! Mine was ok! Trying to get back in the swing of things here, but it’s been hard. My MS legs are having a hard time getting better and rested up, so I haven’t really done much this week to be honest. I hope I’m better this weekend…I want to start purging STUFF and doing something productive around here. Wish me luck!
What’s an ingredient that’s made a difference in your skin lately?