What Is Glycolic Acid And Why Does My Skin Need It?| UK Wedding Blog

Today’s beauty post is a skincare focus all about Glycolic Acid – what it is, who is it for, where you can find it and what it can do for your skin. It’s a great element to introduce into your home routine in the run up to your wedding, as it can give you some great results for clearer, younger looking skin, and you can also experience it in a salon or clinic strength facial- I tried the JanMarini Glycolic facial, of which there’s a review below too.

So what is Glycolic Acid?

It’s a member of the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) family, which are basically ingredients which will help to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, revealing fresher, brighter “new” healthy skin. Glycolic is an exfoliator, which can also help with fading dark spots, pigmentation, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, dry patches and can also decongest the skin, preventing blackheads and active acne. It has also been proven to help to boost collagen production, which is vital to help keep skin plump and line free as well as improving hydration levels in the skin. So, in a nutshell, it can dramatically improve the overall appearance and texture of the skin.

So if you have any of the following, adding it to your skincare routine can help to address these issues – hyperpigmentation and dark spots, acne, sun damage, open pores, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, scarring, congestion.

Glycolic products are available to use at home, but salons use a stronger concentration for more dramatic results – typically 30 – 40%.

The JanMarini Facial 

*The brows had to stay on as I had meetings afterwards!

I was invited to Norwich Cosmetic Clinic for this treatment, which is a clinic specialising in surgical and non surgical skin rejuvenation techniques ( you’ll be able to find a local stockist via JanMarini website).  So for this facial, also classed as a facial peel, my therapist discussed my skin type and concerns with me, and explained a little about what was involved, and what to expect from my treatment. My skin was cleansed with JanMarini C-ESTA Foaming Cleanser. Then a pre-peel solution was applied to prepare my skin, then a 40% Glycolic Peel was applied for 8 minutes. There was a little tingling, but certainly nothing unpleasant! Once time was up, my therapist Amber applied a Micro mask for a further 8mins,  then finished by applying C~ESTA SerumTransformation Face Cream and an SPF. Mild stinging is normal, as is faint discolouration or redness  – this is temporary. You can also experience some flaky skin afterwards – I did have slight peeling on my nostrils two days later, but that was it!  Afterwards my skin felt glowing, fresh and clear – I didn’t experience any breakouts just bright, even skin! A course is recommended for the best results, and this is a peel you can have on your lunchbreak, as you can apply makeup afterwards with no problems. It should be said that this is a more clinical facial – meaning it’s more functional and aimed at getting results, rather than the dimmed lights, relaxing music, nice smells type of facial you’d have at say, Clarins or Elemis! If you are planning a course before your wedding, head for a consultation maybe a year beforehand, and plan when the best time to start and finish your course is to ensure your skin is looking it’s best for the day, and you are benefiting from optimum results.

Using Gylcolic at Home

So if you’d like to incorporate Glycolic Acid into your routine at home, here are some easy ways to do so. You will likely be able to buy home products from the salon where you’ve had a glycolic facial to continue your regime, so check with your facialist if they have any recommendations. Here are some options –

~ in cleansers such as NipFab Glycolic Fix Cleanser 

~ in serums & moisturisers Pixi Overnight Glow Serum, Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Care

~ in masks such as Alpha H Smoothing and Perfecting mask (15%) & Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

~ an exfoliating toner – such as Pixi Glow Tonic

You’ll need to use SPF for a few days after you’ve used Glycolic, as it makes your skin more sun sensitive – if in doubt read the packaging which should tell you how long you’ll need it for (obviously it’s best to protect your skin as often as you can anyway!) Depending on the concentration, these products aren’t something you’d necessarily want to use every single day – a few times a week should be enough, particularly if it’s a product with a higher % (ie. 10%)

I hope this proves useful – if you begin using Glycolic do let me know your results, I’d be so interested to hear how you get on and if you see any differences!

Emily x

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