A mechanical exfoliator with glycolic acid in it is a new breed of scrub. A glycolic scrub will leave your skin as close to perfect as it can be.
Is everyone familiar with that feeling when you just want to scrub away all of the imperfections? You know when you have a breakout or ten, and you just want to pick or scrub them off your face? Well, a glycolic scrub is the best way to scrub without damaging your skin.
Old fashioned scrubs or as we like to call them 'mechanical exfoliators' can damage your skin if overused. But it's important to say here that, of course, you can over exfoliate with a glycolic scrub too. I believe that too much of anything is bad. Your skin is a delicate organ that is subjected to all sorts of attacks all day, every day. You must take care of it with a balanced skincare regimen and not too much of anything.
A glycolic scrub penetrates deep into your pores to remove dirt and sebum and allow your skin to shed its dead skin cells. Glycolic acid can penetrate into the lower layer of the skin and melts the skin glue that holds dead skin cells hostage beneath the surface of the skin. While the mechanical particles buff away visible dead skin on the surface, glycolic works much deeper. Together, they are like a polishing, buffing, brightening and hydrating machine.
Alpha H Micro Cleanse Super Scrub €39
Glycolic acid also stimulates collagen production in your skin. It's anti-ageing as well as exfoliating. It increases cell turnover and speeds up the skin's cell renewal process or the way that your skin heals itself. Glycolic also attracts moisture so it keeps your skin's hydration levels up and allows it to retain moisture more efficiently. A bit of a wonder ingredient, really. We reckon it has changed the way we will look at exfoliators forever. It turns out your old run of the mill exfoliator wasn't doing nearly as much as we need it to.
Nip + Fab
Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix €11.50
If you love your exfoliator you should try stepping it up a notch with glycolic acid.