Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution
Summer Fridays has been a hit-or-miss brand for the Beautypedia team, but their Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution is a mostly winning leave-on exfoliant all skin type can enjoy.
This liquid exfoliant is designed for once-daily use. The brand recommends applying this at night, as the AHAs can make skin more sensitive to sunlight. This isn’t bad advice per se, but as long as your daytime routine includes broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater, it doesn’t matter if you apply this in the morning or at night, it’s just about your personal preference.
The packaging is an unusually weighty glass bottle whose heavily frosted exterior helps protect the formula’s delicate ingredients from exposure to light. We’re not sure why this bottle had to be so heavy (it’s certainly not travel friendly), but it’s pretty much a non-issue for home use.
Turning to the formula, this contains a 16% concentration of AHAs glycolic and lactic acid. AHA citric acid is here, too, but most likely only to help hold the product’s pH of 3.4, which lets these acids deliver the results such an exfoliant should. Thankfully Summer Fridays added soothing, hydrating aloe and sodium hyaluronate to improve tolerability, and avoided skin-drying denatured alcohol.
The B vitamin niacinamide is also on board, in an amount likely to improve a dull, uneven skin tone and deliver antioxidant benefits.
Our only hesitation is a slight one, and it’s due to the inclusion of orange and lemon extracts. These along with sugar maple and sugarcane are sometimes touted as exfoliants, but they don’t work in that way. Instead, the orange and lemon pose a risk of irritating skin; however, in this formula the low amounts and lack of noticeable citrus-y fragrance don’t raise significant concerns.
- Contains an effective amount of AHAs glycolic and lactic acid.
- The pH is within range for the acids to exfoliate.
- Lightly hydrating formula is easy to apply.
- Niacinamide kicks in additional benefits.
- Citrus extracts pose a risk of irritating skin.
Overnight this powerful 3-in-1 treatment exfoliates, brightens skin and reduces the appearance of pores. Formulated with 16% AHAs; including lactic and glycolic acid, it helps promote natural cell turnover, lifting dead skin.
Summer Fridays is the creation of two beauty bloggers who joined forces to bring consumers the types of skin care products they enjoyed using. Los Angeles-based Marianna Hewitt, who writes the “Life With Me” blog, and Lauren Gores Ireland, the creative force behind “You & Lu,” say they were on the hunt for a “complexion game changer” that they hadn’t encountered in their time being sent and reviewing beauty products – so they set out to make their own.
Summer Fridays launched in 2018 with much fanfare around what has become their flagship product: Jet Lag Mask. The goal was to create a product that gave tired, stressed skin a day off. The release of the Jet Lag Mask was followed up by additional masks. Though the line is still small it has a loyal following, and a coveted spot inside Sephora stores.
Unfortunately, the formulas aren’t nearly as soothing as they would seem. While the packaging for each is top-notch (opaque tubes that protect their ingredients from light and air), and there are some beneficial ingredients to be found, the good stuff is flanked by problematic fragrant essential oils, fragrance ingredients, and harsh scrub particles in the mix, making the line overall disappointing and not worthy of the hype.
For more information on Summer Fridays, visit https://summerfridays.com.
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