Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight
SkinCeuticals’ Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is a nearly faultless, leave-on AHA exfoliant for all skin types. Just don’t forget to shake well (which is mentioned on the product’s box) and dispense carefully to avoid squirting out too much of this thin lotion.
The opaque tube this comes in has a small opening, which makes sense given the thin lotion texture. Although the packaging isn’t messy, just be aware that if you dispense too much, there’s no putting it back.
Once you get the hang of how much to dispense per use, you’ll find the fragrance-free formula is easy to apply, and layers well with other products like serums and moisturizers. It contains 10% glycolic acid and the pH of 4 ensures this alpha hydroxy acid can exfoliate and reduce multiple signs of aging.
We appreciate that along with the AHA you’re getting substantial, non-greasy hydration from the mix of emollient dicaprlyl carbonate, skin protectant dimethicone, replenishing glycerin, and moisture-binding glycols.
A point of difference for this AHA exfoliant is the inclusion of phytic acid. Typically used in lower amounts as a chelating agent in skin care products (meaning a type of ingredient that prevents naturally-occurring metals from negatively impacting the formula and your skin), phytic acid at 2% can also exfoliate and improve hyperpigmentation.
AHAs alone can help fade epidermal discolorations from sun damage, but the addition of 2% phytic acid has been shown to improve deeper discoloration, such as melasma. Those struggling with this stubborn skin concern would do well to check out this exfoliant, alongside daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen and tone-improving ingredients like niacinamide and various forms of vitamin C.
- Contains an effective, pH-correct amount of glycolic acid.
- Improves texture, skin tone, and signs of aging.
- Thin lotion formula feels substantially hydrating.
- Phytic acid is very good antioxidant and has exfoliating properties.
- 2% phytic acid has been shown to improve melasma.
- Packaged to keep delicate ingredients stable.
- Fragrance free.
Formulated with 10% glycolic acid, SkinCeuticals' Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is clinically proven* to promote a brighter, clearer-looking complexion. This powerful face cream is complete with two-percent phytic acid and botanicals that promote skin clarity and deep hydration.
With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).
There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brands offerings.
For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.
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