Beauty

What is Glycolic Acid and What Does it Do for Your Skin

Why Exfoliating Acids Are Brilliant for Skin

Whether you’re dealing with dryness, sun damage, blemishes, or dullness or you just want your beautiful skin to continue to be beautiful as you age, exfoliating with glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that’s typically the key ingredient in professional chemical peels you get at a dermatologist’s office or salon, is a brilliant way to improve your skin in both the short and long term, without potentially toxic ingredients.

  1. GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Overnight Glow Peel
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    GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic
    Overnight Glow Peel

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It’s also a brilliant way to optimize your nighttime routine and why we created the GOOPGLOW Overnight Peel. Inspired by a professional chemical peel, the pads are presoaked in a powerful 15% concentration of glycolic acid, along with brightening fruit extracts and soothing hyaluronic acid, to retexturize, clarify, and refine skin while you sleep. Smooth them over clean, dry skin before bed once a week—it’s potent stuff, and sensitive skin types should proceed with caution—making sure to get your face, neck, and shoulders (where there’s typically the most sun damage). The ensuing tingle is satisfying and lets you know the acid is going to work. If you feel the need to apply moisturizer on top, wait at least fifteen minutes to allow the ingredients to really sink in first.

The glycolic acid works by gently removing the top layer of dead skin cells (along with pollution, grime, makeup, and anything else that might potentially clog pores) through a natural chemical exfoliation. The advantage of chemical exfoliation is that it’s extremely even, but the brilliance of the pads is that you’re getting the added benefit of physical/manual exfoliation as you gently sweep them over skin.

The glow-inducing, brightening results are the reason glycolic acid is so useful for so many different skin types: It can help unclog pores, soften the appearance of wrinkles, minimize the visibility of dark spots over time, and even help increase moisture in skin.

Consumer Results

95%

said skin looks and feels smoother*

88%

said skin looks and feels softer and healthier*

77%

said it improves skin texture*

*Based on a post-treatment consumer-perception study conducted on thirty-one women ages thirty-seven to fifty-five

2-week Clinical Results

Improvement in

skin radiance and exfoliation**


Maintains

skin barrier function**

**Based on a clinical study conducted on thirty-one women ages thirty-seven to fifty-five

Consumer Results

95%

said skin looks and feels smoother*

88%

said skin looks and feels softer and healthier*

77%

said it improves skin texture*

*Based on a post-treatment consumer-perception study conducted on thirty-one women ages thirty-seven to fifty-five

2-week Clinical Results

Improvement in

skin radiance and exfoliation**


Maintains

skin barrier function**

**Based on a clinical study conducted on thirty-one women ages thirty-seven to fifty-five

Incorporate them fully into your skin-care routine and the glow you wake up with is incredible—and undeniable.

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