Chemical exfoliants, although they sound a bit scary, are milder for the skin than most mechanical exfoliating beads. In the right ratio (5-10% AHA acids) they are extremely effective, but also gentle on the skin. In order to really get the most out of a product during a care routine, it is important that the skin is “free” of dead cells so that the valuable active ingredients from the serum and cream can penetrate the dermis and act there. Thus, exfoliation is an important prerequisite for effective hydration. I use them as the 3rd step of the care routine, after double cleansing, and before hydration.
I tried one of these, Glow Up Aprive cosmetics serum, which emphasizes the high concentration of active ingredients, with the complete absence or the smallest possible measure of potentially harmful ingredients, so it belongs to a growing group of so-called. clean cosmetics. The business policy of Aprive cosmetics is focused on the high concentration of top active ingredients in the products and their practical packaging. The airless pump prevents contamination of products and keeps them fresh for longer.
Glow Up serum mixture is AHA acid (4% glycolic, 1% mandelic), BHA salicylic acid (0.2%), PHA acid (1% gluconolactone), ceramide, oats, licorice and green tea. It also contains glycerin, urea, gotu kola extract, lactic acid, and phenoxyethanol.
Ingredients: AQUA, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, BETAINE, GLYCOLIC ACID, GLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM PHYTATE, GLUCONOLACTONE, MANDELIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, SODIUM PCA, FRUCTOSE, SALICLAN SALICY LYSINE, PHOSPHOLIPIDS, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, AVENA SATIVA KERNEL EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA ROOT EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, UREA, DEXTRIN, SUCROSE, SPHINGOLIPIDS, POTASSIUM SIDLINATED, SORBATED PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE.
Glycolic acid has the lowest molecular weight among AHA acids, allowing it to act in the deeper layers of the skin. It stimulates the natural process of removing dead skin cells and creating new ones, removing wrinkles and dark spots on the skin giving it an even and bleached complexion. BHA acid, or salicylic acid, is fat-soluble, unlike AHAs, which are water-soluble, which allows it to act on sebum and thus clean the pores and prevent the formation of blackheads and acne. It also contains ceramides that strengthen the skin barrier and enable moisture retention, which the skin naturally produces. However, their concentration decreases with age, so by the age of 40 we lose about 60% of them. The serum also contains licorice extract, which whitens hyperpigmentation, and green tea, which is a powerful antioxidant.
It is a watery gel texture that absorbs quickly.
The mixture of acids in Glow UP serum will do a gentle exfoliation and you will really get a uniform complexion, less visible spots, and a light glow after 5 to 7 days. It is not aggressive to the skin and it tolerates it very well. Thanks to the ingredients, effectiveness and packaging itself, this product is real value for money.
I recommend using it in the evening because of the possible photosensitivity of the skin after applying acids. As with all acidic products, apply a high spf throughout the day and introduce them gradually into the routine.
After applying the product, use moisturizing products with hyaluronic acid.
Packaging: 30 ml plastic airless bottle
Price: 199 kuna