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Five Best with glycolic acid 2013
Arcona The Solution Pads ($42 in the shop). After testing Arcona’s Solution Pads, I immediately bought myself a stack. The Solution Pads are simple but effective. They are pre-soaked with a powerful concentration of glycolic acid, plus my favorite free-radical scavenger spin trap, glucosamine and some antioxidant grape seed extract. And that’s more or less it. Each ingredient is well chosen with a good balance between exfoliation and anti-aging. If you’ve been looking for a good glycolic-based exfoliator for smoothing wrinkled and sun-damaged skin, then Arcona’s The Solution Pads could well be the solution. Read the full review.
Lather 10-minute Brightening Mask ($28 in the shop). This does do a good job of what it says on the can: brightening. It also smoothes out fine lines and rough, sun-damaged skin. I was astonished (in a good way) to note that niacinamide is the first ingredient to be listed. Niacinamide is a derivative of vitamin B3 that suppresses melanin from reaching the surface of the skin and protects the skin from further UV damage. Lactic and kojic acids are both brighteners that are rounded out by mulberry, which studies have shown to inhibit tyrosinase activity and bearberry, a natural source of alpha arbutin. The value 4oz pot makes it economical enough to use on those rough body parts such as knees, elbows and dry winter calves. Read the full review.
BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Lift ($210 in the shop). If you want glycolic as part of a comprehensive anti-aging serum, then look no further than this high-quality multitasker. BRAD believes in keeping beauty routines simple and this complex formula does it all. Ultra Elastin Lift firms the skin while improving skin tone. Glycolic acid is high up on the list of a cast of thousands and is given a boost by lactic acid and retinyl palmitate. Borage and flax will tone down redness and a ton of hydrating ingredients counteract dryness, such as avocado, sodium hyaluronate, cocoa butter and tamanu. Read Mark’s review.
La Vie Celeste Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the shop). This is a long-time favorite of mine and I still use it with enjoyment. With a 5% concentration of glycolic in a soothing base of organic aloe, this lovely mask is given a helping hand by exfoliating bamboo grains, licorice and bearberry extract (this is loaded with alpha arbutin, a natural – and safer – hydroquinone). Organically sourced antioxidants include white tea (supposedly better than green tea) and melon. Gentle, but more effective than other 5% glycolic formulations that I have tried. Read the full review.
Luximyl GlycoPeel 20 Rapid Exfoliation Lotion ($60 in the shop). GlycoPeel is designed to be used with Lumixyl’s Topical Brightening Crème. However, it is a very good exfoliant even used solo. Based on glycolic, malic, lactic and citric acids, GlycoPeel 20 is reinforced with useful antioxidants, including green tea, wheat, algae, yeast, comfrey root (which can speed up the replacement of skin cells as well as provide some protection against the sun) and plantain, a very good source of vitamins A and C and with a reputation for soothing irritated skin. There are several other good things, ultimately far outweighing the bad (propylene glycol, and phenoxyethanol). I’ve been using it on my knees, which (trust me) need the help and results are fantastic. Read the full review.
Ingredients in Arcona: Agua (Distilled Water), Glycerine, Glycolic Acid Polymer, Beta Glucosamine, Beta Fructan, Spin Trap (Phenyl Butyl Nitrone), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender), Vitis Vinifera Seed Extracts (Grape), Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis)
Ingredients in Lather: Niacinamide, Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid, Mulberry (Morus Bombycis) Root Extract, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Extract, Glycolic Acid, Water (Aqua) (And) Euglena Gracilis Extract (And) Caffeine (And) Glaucium Flavum (Leaf) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol (And) Glyceryl Stearate (And) Peg-75 Stearate (And) Ceteth-20 (And) Steareth-20, Alpha Arbutin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Dimethicone Dc 200, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Cyclomethicone (Cyclopentasiloxane & Cyclohexasiloxane) Dc 345, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides (And) Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Sodium Pca, Benzoic Acid, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Caprylyl Glycol (And) Hexylene Glycol (And) Water (And) Methylisothiazolinone, Carageenan Gum, Squalene, Diazolidinyl Urea, Urea, Yeast Extract, Glucosamine Hcl, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium
Ingredients in BRAD: Biophotonic Purified Water, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Organic Helianthus Annus (Sunflower Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Glycolic Acid, Organic Cocos Nuciffera (Coconut Oil), Squalane, Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methylsulfonylmethane (Msm), Theobroma Cocao (Cocoa Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucosid, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Stearate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Distillate), Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Organic Beeswax, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin APalmitate), Phytic Acid, Phospholipids, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Organic Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon Grape), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Camellia Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avacado Oil), Organic Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright), Helichrysum Gymnocephalum (Helichrysum Essential Oil), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu Oil), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage Oil), Organic Linum Isitatissimum (Flax Seed Oil), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Organic Rosa Canina, (Rose Hip Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Organic Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Grapeseed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Sodium Carbomer, Sclerotium Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl (Antioxidant), Lecithin, Pyrus Malus (Apple), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon), Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin
Ingredients in La Vie Celeste: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Gel*, Aqua (Purified Water), Sclerotium Gum, Bamboo Grains (Bambusa Vulgaris) Extract, Kaolinite (Pink Clay), Glycolic (Hydroxyacetic) Acid, White Tea (Camellia Sinesis) Extract*, Bearberry (Acrtostaphylos Uva Ursi) Extract*, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabral Licorice) Extract*, Melon (Cucumis Melo) Extract*, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobillis) Flower Extract*, Cosmocil CQ (Polyaminopropyl Biguanide), Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Paradis) Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic) Acid
Ingredients in Lumixyl: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycolic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Algae Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Symphytum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Plantago Ovata Seed Extract, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Polyacrylamide, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Hydroxide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Glucosamine HCL, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetate, Glutamine, Proline, Colloidal Silver, Urea, Leucine, Serine, Cellulose, Laureth-7