5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid Mild Skin Exfoliator
Revolution Skincare’s 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid Mild Skin Exfoliator is a good, budget-priced option for daily AHA exfoliation.
This clear fluid comes in a frosted glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. The texture is lightweight and soaks into skin without a sticky texture (unlike The Ordinary’s similar Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%), and works well both over and under other skin care products.
The ingredient list for this fragrance-free exfoliant is short but good; you get the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) lactic acid in a concentration of 5%, which is enough improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage (especially with daily use plus application of a sunscreen rate SPF 30 or greater). Even better: it’s formulated at a pH of 3.5, which is right in the middle of the optimal range (between 3 and 4) for it to act as an effective exfoliant.
Playing supporting roles are sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid), and Tasmannia Lanceolata (pepper tree) extract, which emerging research shows has powerful antioxidant and skin-calming properties.
The only thing we’d like to see that would bump this into “best” territory would be a more robust complement of ingredients to keep this from fairly one note (additional antioxidants and skin-soothing ingredients like green tea or licorice, for example). These can help keep the lactic acid from causing unwanted side effects like stinging or redness.
Still, this is a good exfoliant that will result in visible skin improvement, and can make a worthy addition to your skin care routine.
*Note: because this product is not in opaque packaging and has ingredients that can lose their effectiveness due to light exposure, you should store this out of direct light.
- Fluid texture doesn’t dry sticky and works well with other skin care products.
- Contains an effective amount of lactic acid at an optimal pH for it to act as an exfoliant.
- Includes skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate and antioxidant-rich pepper tree extract.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
- Packaging means this should be stored out of direct light.
Smooth it over with Revolution Skincare Mild Skin Exfoliator. Free from gritty bits, our gentle liquid exfoliant uses Lactic Acid (an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA) to help even out texture and tone - without roughing up your complexion! This serum also contains Hyaluronic Acid to help hydrate the skin and leave it looking plumped up and healthy.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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