Benefits of Glycolic Acid Peels and Lotions

vintage nurse on phoneMy friend Connie’s been a nurse for thirty-seven years. She’s a virtual encyclopedia about health matters and beauty products. I’ve been bugging her to write a regular column for me so she can share her knowledge with everyone. So far, she’s resistant, but I’m not gonna give up.

We’re about the same age and of a similar mindset: getting older doesn’t mean giving up.

Have you heard of glycolic acid?
Glycolic acid can be helpful for a variety of skin problems. It combats the effects of aging on your skin, and, over the course of time, will make fine lines and wrinkles less visible.  A glycolic acid peel helps to make your skin look younger by speeding up the turnover of cells on your skin, giving you the appearance of brighter and fresher skin.

Nurse Connie’s done a lot of research — and she’s been using it herself for years. She very kindly ordered three of her favorite products for me to try.

I totally trust her recommendations and wanted to share her tips with you.

glycolic acid peel and lotion

1. Paula’s Choice RESIST Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA. This is for all over use. According to the website, it claims to be effective for anti-aging, brown spots, and Keratosis Pilaris. Glycolic exfoliates to reveal younger, hydrated skin. It also smooths dry skin, improves texture and tone. I use it every day. I’m sold on it. My skin is so smooth — even my heels feel like satin.

2. Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories AHA Revitalizing Lotion 15 medium potency glycolic gently hydrates and exfoliates the skin for a supple texture and radiant tone. It sloughs away dead skin cells. This is my facial moisturizer I’ve been using it morning and evening (after Retin-A). I top it off with  Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Formulated with 10.5% Pure Vitamin C,

3. IQ Naturals Complete Glycolic Acid 30% Chemical Facial Peel. I’ve done the peel two times, about ten days apart. I am in love with this stuff. Yes, it burns. It hurts a little, so you’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s something you can tolerate. If you try the peel, I can’t emphasize this enough: follow the directions. It’s imperative to use baking soda as a neutralizer to wash it off. I’ve noticed some peeling but I use #2 above to moisturize and enhance the process. My skin is already softer, smoother, and brighter with less visible pores.

Reasonably priced

Each of the three products is under $25.00.

No need to drive anywhere

I really like the idea that I can do this at home, at my convenience, and more often than I could afford to do it at the spa. Using it on a regular basis increases its positive results — I’m hoping in a month or so I’ll have burned off so many years that I’ll look like I just popped out of a uterus!

It’s all good
Fountain of YouthClick on the links I provided and do your own research — there’s a lot of it on the internet. It’s not the Fountain of Youth but I’m a believer and happy to say that I’m super impressed so far.

From now on, glycolic acid will be a permanent part of my beauty routine.

If you already use it, tell me about your experience.
If you haven’t tried it yet, do you think you might? 

13 thoughts on “Benefits of Glycolic Acid Peels and Lotions

  1. I used to do the five step skin regime morning & night. Then I got lazy & only cleaned my face once a day. I use a moderately priced moisturizer once a day. The only really good thing I’ve always done for my face is I stopped using face cloths many, many, many years ago. Back when I used to do the 5 step regime it was always the tips of my fingers, now it’s a facial wipe.


  2. I am a firm believer in thorough cleaning and MASSIVE moisturizing. I, to, layer, moisturizers, being very choosy about what I use and will splurge there…(I love sales!), but there is also a very inexpensive one that I have used for years as an extra over-all, but they changed it a year or so ago and I am NOT HAPPY.I have to be very careful with what I use because some of ,the most famous &/or expensive ones, (even some in the same lines of what i love) will clog my pores, even when I do not use it on the areas affected…go figure! Then I have a real problem.I like to experiment, so I get sad problem.If anyone knows a great pore cleaner I’d appreciate a tip.
    I haven’t tried a peel yet…notice the yet.
    Botox will not be in the picture, however.


      • I use a great deal of witch hazel here.My daughter-in-law handed me a jar of ‘Ageless Solutions’ moisturizer from, of all places, Avon.It is not good for the rest of my face, but it actually does work on problem pore areas,(nose and next to it, chin),AFTER a good clean out. There is one spot that I could never get to remove but it is gone.


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