Powerhouse ingredients like Glycolic are a great addition to your skin care regimen. Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy-acid (AHA) derived from sugarcane and is part of a group of acids that are extracted from natural sources. Glycolic acid is one of the most popular AHA’s and is commonly used as an exfoliant to remove the build-up of dead skin cells. It works by dissolving the oil that holds dead skin cells on the skin’s surface.
Glycolic acid is the most useful AHA for cosmetic treatments because of its small molecular structure that allows for greater penetration in the skin. Spa treatments with glycolic work to refine your skins texture. Glycolic accelerates exfoliation and helps to stimulate the skin cell renewal process. By shedding dead skin cells and speeding up the regeneration of new, fresh skin cells, pores will be decongested, uneven skin tone brightened and the skin will appear more firm.
For smooth skin on the body, a body wash formulated with glycolic acid will clarify and soften the skin. A formulation such as the Institut' DERMed Enhancing Glycolic Body Wash includes shea butter in the ingredient deck to nourish and increase skin softness. After showering applying a glycolic lotion helps to reduce dry, patchy areas and small bumps on the body.
The Enhancing Glycolic body Wash is actually a mild body peel that the client can give to themselves at home. It helps rejuvenate the skin by encouraging the shedding of old and damaged, surface skin cells. It helps reduce the appearance of acne conditions on the chest and the back. It improves skin tone and helps to reduce the appearance of dark skin spots. The Enhancing Glycolic Body Lotion contains Apricot kernel oil, a very light and gentle oil used in creams and lotions to balance, nourish, rehydrate and lubricate the skin. It’s rich in gamma linoleic acid and vitamin A and E, which soothe the skin and help to slow the signs of aging. This combination of ingredients means that dead skin cells are gently removed from dry skin and the right level of moisture is maintained.
You may experience a rosy flush or feel a slight tingle after using these products and that's perfectly normal. Glycolic products and treatments can have amazing benefits for your skin, consult with your esthetician on the best skin care ingredients for your skin type and condition.