Lexli is a relatively new cosmetic company with a major focus on aloe vera. Founded by a plastic surgeon (Lexli is an amalgam of his kids' names), the company has a appealing motto: "We do not aspire to be the best skincare company in the world. Rather, we strive to be the best skincare company for the world." Since I came across Lexli a week ago, I have been trying out their flagship product, AloeGlyc ($118).

AloeGlyc is a pretty powerful glycolic exfoliator. I find it a little too strong for regular facial use - once or twice a week would probably be enough. However, I have been using it as a daily neck cream and I am very pleased with the results: less scaly skin. The cream is pale yellow, has a notable (but not unpleasant) medicinal smell and is speckled with bright green dots (they are vitamin C) that dissolve when rubbed into the skin.

It is the vit C, along with glycolic acid that is doing the exfoliation part. Glycolic acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in sugar cane, has been clinically proven to loosen the glue-like substances that hold skin cells together, thus shedding the top layer of dull, damaged skin. As the AHA with the smallest molecule and the greatest penetration, glycolic acid deeply exfoliates to remove skin that is dry, coarse, or dead, as anyone who has used Glytone Ultra Heels (with a hefty 20% glycolic acid) can testify.

Aloe vera is a good thing to combine with a glycolic. It is healing and soothing and, more importantly, is an important anti-inflammatory. A review of the medical literature by a group at the University of Texas in Galveston concluded that aloe gel clearly promotes wound healing and prevents progressive skin damage caused by burns and frostbite. It works by penetrating injured tissue, relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and dilating capillaries to increase blood flow to the injury Scientists increasing believe that inflammation is a primary cause of aging.

I like the inclusion of vitamin D, which may be good for rosacea and acne sufferers. With the populations' increasing propensity to wear sunscreen and work long hours indoors, one in four Americans is vitamin D deficient.

There are the usual suspects in the preservative department and I'm not wild about ceteareth-20. It has been found that when used on burn victims, ceteareths may result in kidney damage and the industry body, the CIR, determined that this ingredient should not be applied to damaged/injured skin. This is due to the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane. The CIR says it can be controlled through purification steps to remove it from ceteareths before blending into cosmetic formulations. One hopes that is the case here.


Aloe Barbadensis, Purified Water, Jojoba Esters, Vitamin C, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Glycolic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Ceteareth-20, Vitamin E, Salicylic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Jojoba Oil, Glycerin, Allantoin, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Octyl Palmitate, Glycereth, Dimethicone, Urea, Xanthan Gum, BHT, Sodium Metabisulfite, Tetrasodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben