Advanced Acid Resurface Glycolic Skin Reset Mask
Advanced Acid Resurface Glycolic Skin Reset Mask is a confused product. It's said to exfoliate skin with AHAs glycolic and lactic acids via slow-release technology—but you're supposed to rinse this after just five minutes!
Packaged in an opaque tube, this mask's other oddity is that it's clay-based. Clay ingredients like kaolin don't do as well in an acidic pH, which is what glycolic and lactic acids need in order to exfoliate. Besides, we're skeptical the combined amount of AHAs in this mask is enough to promote exfoliation anyway.
At best, this mask will absorb excess oil (which makes it a poor choice for use on dry areas) and the tiny amount of scrub-like ingredients will lightly polish and refine skin.
Although the directive to rinse after five minutes doesn't make sense given the slow release of the AHAs, at least that short exposure time won't give the fragrance ingredients this mask contains much time to sensitize skin. Even so, this mask ends up being an expensive proposition for most people, and one that can't make good on its confusing claims. See our list of Best AHA Exfoliants for better, faster ways to dramatically resurface skin.
- Absorbs excess oil.
- The pH is too high for the AHA ingredient to work as an exfoliant.
- High amount of fragrance poses a strong risk of irritating skin.
- Too absorbent for dry skin or dry areas.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
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Glycolic Acid, the most effective of the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal fresh, renewed skin. Paired with NIA-114, this potent yet gentle retexturizer delivers maximum benefits with minimal irritation. With micro-encapsulated glycolic acid for slow-release exfoliation, the supercharged formula restores radiance and dramatically improves texture in just 5 minutes.
StriVectin put itself on the skincare map with its original StriVectin-SD cream, designed to treat stretch marks. The product took off and became the cornerstone of skincare collection whose focus is now on anti-aging. Its main selling point is its use of myristyl nicotinate (called NIA-114 in brand literature), which is related to and has many of the same properties as niacinamide.
Overall, the brand has some worthwhile products and for the most part theyre in packaging that will protect their ingredients from light and air. Unfortunately there are a number of options that include fragrance and other potential irritants, which are noted in our individual reviews.
As of 2019, StriVectin no longer sells in mainland China and is now cruelty-free. For more information about StriVectin, visit www.strivectin.com.
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