Hey all beauty geeks!!! Another Glycolic Acid product; I know. 🙂 Well I am already a self-proclaimed fan and preacher of glycolic acid. I have seen my skin transform from acne fest to the smoothest I have ever had in last 10 years. 😉 And the award, reward and any other title that I could give out to anyone, I would shower it on Glycolic Acid. 😀
However, you need to be careful with this acid. A slow and steady dabbling is recommended over a quick and deep plunge. The glycolic acid should be slowly introduced into the skin regime in small amount. I started my affair with this acid by using a glycolic acid face wash. An easy and safe way to ease your skin into tolerating this acid. I am going to review the product that started it all for me – Skin Effects Glycolic Cream Cleanser.
About Skin Effects Glycolic Cream Cleanser:
Skin Effects is an in-house brand of CVS, which is the top most pharmacy in USA. The products of this skincare line have been developed by a very respectable and famous dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Dover. The glycolic cream cleanser is described as:
‘The luxurious cleanser exfoliates and softens with Glycolic Acid, while Hyaluronic Acid microspheres help hydrate your skin throughout the day. Reveals fresher, younger looking skin with each use.
- Improves appearance of skin’s texture, clarity and firmness.
- Reduces the appearance of sun damaged skin.
Price : $13 for 148 ml.
Key Ingredients: Glycolic acid (exfoliant); hyaluronic acid microspheres (moisturizer).
My take on Skin Effects Glycolic Cream Cleanser:
Skin Effects Glycolic Cream Cleanser was a completely random impulse buy for me. I had starting reading about glycolic acid and how it was good for anti-acne and anti-ageing skincare routine. I was a candidate for both. 😉 So, while lurking around at CVS, I spotted this cleanser and somehow, just picked it up to try it out. Generally, my random buys turn out dud at times, but this was not a completely blind move. I had researched about Glycolic acid and somehow, was expecting at least a bit positive from this face wash. Well, it turned out to be a smart buy. 🙂
I started using this cleanser every alternate night, as it may be harsh to be used daily in starting. However, now I use it every night. For day, I use my Raw African Black Soap, reviewed here. It might tingle a bit when you initially use it. I use a wet washcloth to remove it, which further helps to thoroughly clean the skin. I also use it with my facial brush twice every week for a deep cleansing.
Texture: The face wash is definitely creamy as the name says. It does not produce a lot of foam but feels very creamy once applied. It is one of the smoothest and softest cleanser that I have ever used. Does not dry up the skin nor leaves any residue. The face feels clean and silky smooth post the wash.
Performance: I looooove this face cleanser. It removes the toughest of makeup and leaves the skin squeaky clean, without drying it out. My acne subdued by its regular use and the face seemed more even toned. The acne marks also faded away slowly. My face appears more healthy and glowy. It is not at all harsh on the skin and makes the face look more hydrated.
Fragrance: Does not have any major strong fragrance.
Packaging: The cleanser comes in a white, long bottle with a pump. I love the small cover it has for the pump, which makes it very travel friendly. The pump dispenses the perfect amount for cleaning the entire face.
What I like about Skin Effects Glycolic Cream Cleanser:
- Very effective cleanser.
- Smooth and creamy texture.
- Does not dry up the face.
- Gentle exfoliation.
- Even-tones the skin.
- Velvety feel to the face.
- Reduces acne.
- Removes easily.
- Very moisturizing.
- Sturdy packaging.
- Lasts for a long time.
What I do not like about Skin Effects Glycolic Cream Cleanser:
- Unavailability in India; available at amazon.
- Little expensive compared to drugstore face washes.
- Available only at CVS stores.
One of my HG face cleansers. Has definitely improved my skin tone. If you are suffering from adult acne or are worried about ageing, pick up this gem and you will never look back. Highly Recommended 🙂
Have you tried Skin Effects Glycolic Cream Cleanser?
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