Posts Tagged‘Glycolic Acid’

What’s the big deal with Hydroxy Acids?

Diane Kruger by Patrick Demarchelier 1994

The past few years have seen quite a turnaround when it comes to facial exfoliation, as physical scrubs have completely fallen out of favour and been replaced by exfoliating acids. Physical scrubs are not only far too rough, leaving behind “microtears” in the skin’s surface, but the tiny plastic beads used in some products are very environmentally damaging as they wash into the sea and don’t dissolve. Chemical exfoliators, on the other hand, gently break down dead skin cells to reveal newer, softer, more even-toned skin. Within this category are two types of exfoliators: Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) AHAs work…

Mask Dream Team: Origins Clear Improvement Mask and REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

I’ll be the first to admit that I have never been particularly enamoured with at-home face masks, mainly because they never delivered the desired results (well, not for me, anyway). However, that all changed when Jules introduced me to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, which I raved about here. It managed to obliterate my dry patches after just one use, and my skin was left clear and glowing afterwards – I was officially converted. ¬†Fast forward to the night before Jules’ wedding in Greece, and she whipped out the Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask for the bridesmaids…