Friday, April 20, 2012

Why Glycolic Acid Is Your Bestfriend

Over the past few years I have become quite fond of face creams which include something called Glycolic Acid. I know it sounds a little whacko to put something with the word acid on your face, but here is why.
Glycolic acid is great for skin texture, cleaning pores, skin tone, helping in the production of collagen and elastin and for minimizing scarring. It's also a fabulous anti-oxidant for skin as it attaches to free radicals and makes them powerless before they can cause damage. In other words, the stuff is truly a girl's best friend. Have I convinced you yet? When I initially started using this wonderful substance, it was purely fate. It is the only good thing to come out of the relationship I had with my ex-boyfriend. He was working a show where the company Neostrata was doing a marketing seminar on new products for employees. One of the staff gave him a bag of product samples for his better half, which at the time was me. The products are not cheap, nor are they over the top in price either. It was the kind of thing I never would have tried or even looked at when I was looking for skin creams. I priced the cream I was using and it was $36 at the drug store. After a few days of using the Smoothing Cream - Level 2, I was hooked. My skin never looked so fresh, it was softer and more vibrant. Since that era in my life, I have tried other creams for my face with glycolic acid. For me personally, I prefer Neostrata. That doesn't mean that other products aren't just as good, maybe I just think Neostrata is the best because of the fond memories I have of that boyfriend! Who knows! They have the Smoothing Cream in three levels of acid concentration, level 1, 2 and 3. Neostrata claims you can see a real difference in your skin after 10 days. If you want to check out more on their products, visit their website at
Glycolic Acid actually is something called hydroxyacetic acid. This colorless, odorless solid is highly soluble in water. It is used in various skin-care products. glycolic acids work by stimulating new growth of skin and collagen by decreasing the bond that holds dead skin cells on the surface of skin. We all know collagen is what makes our faces look young and gives us that plumpness that as we age, slowly disappears. It allows dead cells to be removed gradually, leaving behind a layer of smoother and softer skin. Collagen starts to dissipate in our mid to late twenties. 
Due to its excellent capability to penetrate skin, glycolic acid finds applications in skin care products and chemical peels. Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin's appearance and texture. It can reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions. Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the dead skin cells to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells. In skin creams, you can find glyolic acid in concentrations under 10%. 
I have no problem with the stuff, I use it everyday, my mother however finds it irritating and doesn't like it. She is an exception as she is extremely sensitive to many skin products.
So what are you waiting for! Give glycolic acid a try, you are never too young or too old for this incredible beauty product!



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