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Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum

Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum

Size: 1 oz (30 ml)

Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum is a gentle but effective exfoliator designed for anyone who wants to brighten skin discoloration and reduce wrinkles to reveal a smoother, more luminous complexion. This lightening serum contains gigawhite to inhibit melanin production, apple stem cells to protect against damage, ceramides to hold in moisture and vitamin C-rich goji berries to enhance collagen production and heal sun damage. Along with all of the products offered by Truth In Aging, we’ve made sure to test and review the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum. If you’re on the lookout for the perfect product to brighten and hydrate your complexion, shop Truth In Aging today.

Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum combines nature and science in a formula that is both powerful and gentle. It uses Glycolic acid derived from sugar cane to exfoliate and remove impurites, while reducing age spots and other discoloration. The newly added Matrixyl Synthe ’6 is a potent peptide that works to stimulate collagen and the body's natural hyaluronic acid, providing you with all the anti-aging benefits you could ask for. Meanwhile, skin-nourishing components like white tea and vitamin E provide you with antioxidants, while warding off free radicals and protecting from UV damage.

TIA Review by Marta:
If you are looking for a relatively gentle glycolic exfoliator that is reinforced by repairing actives and won’t break the bank, then Mad Hippie’s Exfoliating Serum is well worth checking out. I have been testing it for about four weeks or so and found that, while not transformative, it helpfully manages reddish, roughish skin and does so without causing any flare-ups or irritation.

I started out using this Exfoliating Serum every other day and then in the third week of testing cut back to two to three times a week and always at night. This is because Mad Hippie’s serum exfoliates using glycolic acid and lactic acid, both AHAs. While I appreciate that they can improve the texture of the skin, I have become more cautious about using them since I came across recent research that gave me a better understanding of how they work. It seems that they create acidic conditions within the skin cell, ultimately resulting in its death and skin exfoliation (read more on how AHAs work).

On the brightening/lightening front, Mad Hippie has also included Gigawhite, which is a complex of six botanicals that are supposed to help fade age spots. There is no independent research on Gigawhite and I didn’t try this serum on age spots, but on skin that is a bit red and crepey from sun damage. There is also no independent research on Matrixyl 3000, although plenty of anecdotal evidence (as well my experience) suggests that this peptide complex helps promote collagen.

Exfoliating Serum also has apple stem cells, vitamin C, white tea, ceramide-3 and melatonin. All of these (and more) ensure that the good far outweighs the bad. However, there are a few things that I’d prefer Mad Hippie to seek out some alternatives for. Potassium Hydroxide is an irritant that I am often allergic to even in rinse-off products. I had no bad reactions to this serum, but potassium hydroxide has been shown in animal studies to irritate at low levels. It is typically used as a pH adjuster (necessary for AHAs to work effectively). About half way down the ingredients list there is the possible neurotoxin, phenoxyethanol, and behentrimonium chloride, which is more usually seen in shampoos and can be irritating to the skin.

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If you are looking for a relatively gentle glycolic exfoliator that is reinforced by repairing actives and won’t break the bank, then Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum ($35 in the shop) is well worth checking out. I have been testing it for about four weeks or so and found that, while not transformative,... read more

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6 Reviews
  • aliki s.

    (4 out of 5)

    relatively mild for my skin irritation at all

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  • Darla

    (3 out of 5)

    I purchased Mad Hippie's exfoliating serum 7 weeks ago and have used it 3 times per week. My skin is a bit brighter, but there has been no lightening of the sun damage and age spots on my skin. I have read all the other reviews and was so hoping the same would happen for me, but it just hasn't. I am going to try a scrub exfoliator and hope to have better results with that.

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  • Ivy

    (5 out of 5)

    It's totally good exfoliating serum with a good price.
    I apply this serum after SKII clear lotion at night for 2weeks and found out that my small dark spots and acne acars (spots) slowly disappeared and my skin is brighter, most of all it's not irritate to my skin. I would say I love this serum.
    I'm about to try Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum soon too.

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  • Jan

    (4 out of 5)

    I have combination/oily and somewhat sensitive skin and I like this exfoliator. I have been using this at night twice a week for about 3 weeks. It feels great on my skin. My face feels healthy after I use this. I would like to try other exfoliators, but I would purchase this again.

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  • Erica

    (5 out of 5)

    I love Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum and highly recommend it. As directed, I applied the serum each night before bed and followed with a moisturizer. Within a week, my complexion was brighter and smoother. After three weeks, my forehead lines were softer and almost unnoticeable. Minor discoloration on the sides of my cheeks and around my mouth has also lightened. I am thrilled to add the Exfoliating Serum to my skincare routine, and am now eager to try other Mad Hippie products.

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  • Becky

    (5 out of 5)

    Where did they go? They used to be right there – a small but persistent constellation of blocked pores on my chin. Now they are gone – whisked away to another galaxy, courtesy of Mad Hippie’s new Exfoliating Serum! My skin feels incredibly smooth these days. Along with the aforementioned loss of clogged pores on my skin, I think some of my hyperpigmentation spots are lighter. I will happily continue using the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum until (hopefully) my dark spots become stars that blink out of existence.

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  • aliki simha

    June 3, 2016

    aliki simha

    relatively mild for my skin irritation at all

  • Marta

    July 3, 2013


    Hi Susan, I don't know what the percentage of glycolic is. But as noted in my review, I did not find it irritating and I have sensitive skin. Our other reviewer, Becky, also said that it was relatively gentle:

    Note that both of us started by using it every few days and built up to daily use once tolerance was established.

  • Susan

    July 3, 2013


    Hi there......What is the percentage of glycolic acid in this product and isn't it quite harsh with lactic acid and vitamin C high on the list??


  • Jennifer Bradley

    September 12, 2012

    Jennifer Bradley

    How does this compare to La Vie Celeste's glycolic acid mask and Lather's glycolic acid mask?

  • Water
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol
  • Vitamin B5 (Panthenol)
  • Lactic Acid
  • Matrixyl Synthe ' 6 (Glycerin-Water(Aqua)– Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin–Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38)
  • Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate)
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Niacinamide
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • White Tea Extract (Camelia Sinensis)
  • Goji Berry Extract (Lycium Barbarum)
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Xantham Gum
  • PhytocellTec (Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Glycerin
  • Lecithin
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Water)
  • Gigawhite (Water
  • Glycerin
  • 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)
  • Methyl Cellulose
  • Glycerin
  • Melatonin
  • Caffeine
  • Biotin
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Ceramide 3
  • Squalene
  • Behentrimonium Chloride
  • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
  • Potassium Citrate

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