Glycolic Acid is the holy grail ingredient that many people look for these days in their skincare products. You may be familiar with this acid for its exfoliation properties – it is revered for its efficacy in removing dead skin cells so that you can begin your day with brighter, fresher skin. In fact, Glycolic Acid is also well-known for being the secret to Cleopatra’s glowing skin!
What should we look for in products that claim to contain Glycolic Acid?
According to dermatologists, the ideal percentage of Glycolic Acid for at-home use would be 8 to 30%. For reference, most clinical procedures and chemical peels, which are done occasionally, use Glycolic Acid in concentrations of at least 20%. But if you are looking for a product that you can use nightly to attain that glow on your face, research has shown that 10% Glycolic Acid is the ideal percentage for safe and effective use.
You are also encouraged to use Glycolic Acid in between chemical peel sessions. According to Dr Gerard Ee, managing director of Clifford Clinic, chemical peels are beneficial for skin with rough texture, photo damage and wrinkles, and when an acceptable level of Glycolic Acid is used between the peel sessions, it actually helps to maximize the effect of the treatment and prolong the results.
However, don’t be duped into buying a product just because it claims that it is formulated with a high percentage of Glycolic Acid. Besides the percentage of Glycolic Acid, you should also look out for a product’s pH level. Experts recommend that you should try to find products with low pH levels – the most effective Glycolic Acid products will have a lower pH, which means that they are more acidic.
The reason behind this is that as pH level decreases, the active percentage of Glycolic Acid increases. For example, the recommended 10% Glycolic Acid at pH 4 has an active level of 40.3%. The actual percentage of Glycolic Acid working on the skin would only be 40.3% of the original 10% quoted, meaning that the percentage of Glycolic Acid working on the skin is only 4% – not quite the same as the reported 10%!
SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight: What is it?
Dermatologist-recommended brand SkinCeuticals has just launched a new Glycolic Acid Cream. The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is formulated with 14.6% Glycolic Acid, and combined with an optimal pH Level of 3.5, this gives us a promised claim of 10% Glycolic Acid that is active and actually works on your skin. Remember that 10% is the magic number that we should look for in terms of active Glycolic Acid? That is exactly what this new cream contains.
In addition, the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight also contains 2% Phytic Acid and 1% Soothing Complex. These ingredients work together to brighten and smoothen your skin, while ensuring that it is tolerable for daily use.
Clinical trials by SkinCeuticals and independent partners have proven that SkinCeuticals’ true 10% Glycolic Acid is as effective as promised: a 36% improvement in skin radiance is reported by participants in 8 weeks, with results from as early as 2 weeks onwards.
SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight Review: Does it really work?
Does SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight sound too good to be true? Would a true 10% Glycolic Acid be effective in adding that desired glow to your face? Of course, we have to put it to the test to see if it really works wonders.
61-year-old Mdm Cheng has dull, dry skin. She also has age spots around her cheeks, which are marks that commonly appear on the skin after prolonged sun exposure. These are common in people aged 50 and above.
Daily Vanity presented her with the SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight and she used it everyday for four weeks. During this period, Mdm Cheng was asked not to change any other parts of her regular skincare routine.
DV Tip: Some skin types may require time to acclimate to Glycolic Acid. In these cases, you are encouraged to precondition your skin for this night cream by limiting initial use to once every other evening. Apply an even, pea-sized layer over entire face and neck. After one week, increase to every evening or as advised by a skincare professional.
Mdm Cheng had a good first impression of the product: it did not sting nor irritate her skin upon application, and there was no sign of any adverse initial reactions. This is a great sign that the SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is certainly as tolerable for everyday use as it claims to be.
She found the texture of the Glycolic Acid Cream to be thick, with a cream-like consistency. Other thick creams could pose the problem of settling on skin and clogging up pores. However, Mdm Cheng was happy to share that this cream is actually absorbed easily by the skin, so there was none of the ‘heavy’ feeling that usually comes with thick creams.
Mdm Cheng also noted that the product was very hydrating, and did not affect the efficacy of other products that she used in her skincare routine.
From the photographs, we can see that there is a noticeable improvement in Mdm Cheng’s skin after using SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight. Her age spots have visibly lightened over the four weeks, especially around the cheek area. Her overall complexion is much brighter, and her previously slightly saggy skin is now much firmer.
After four weeks of consistent application, Mdm Cheng was happy with the results she had seen in a short period of time. She felt that her skin texture has definitely improved and become smoother, and now her skin tone is brighter than it was before she used SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight.
Where to buy SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight
If you are interested in getting SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight and seeing such fantastic results for yourself, this is the perfect time to check out the brand’s new flagship counter at Tangs Orchard #01-33. You can get a complimentary skin analysis to find out which other SkinCeuticals products suit your skin type, and enjoy other attractive opening promotions in May.
For more information on SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight, visit their official website.