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? 

Almost ready for the big reveal

(Sorry for the previous post. The inserted pictures actually caused text to be deleted, so I had to redo it.)

The bathroom refinish is almost complete. I’m still looking for the perfect spa bench (actually I’m nagging the captain to make me one to my exact specifications) and I need a standing floor towel rack, but it’s close, real close. I went to Pier One and found the most gorgeous seashell and starfish trays…

Our Chanel fragrances

My makeup brushes, Kiehls, and more Chanel.

This starfish is really a votive holder, but if you’ve read a previous post, you’d know that I almost burned down our house with a couple of unattended candles in this bathroom, so I filled it with shells instead!














Now we’re off to a quick dinner at Rubio’s Fish Tacos. DIL’s going to be here tomorrow. This time she’s driving from Northern Cal ‘cos she has a meeting in LA and we’re only about 2 hours from LA with not much traffic, so it won’t be the mom shuttle back and forth to the airport, but I need to get her room ready and stock up on her fave foods. (I mean the foods that are on the approved list.)

She and my son are crazy frenetic travellers. Maybe that’s the new global generation; the world is as close as a flight away. Oh, and she’s coming with her sister, so we’ll have a full house again! Now if only my son were here, all would be perfect but I have to wait for Thanksgiving to see him.



I so need a bathroom right now

Hi, everyone, here I am! Parts Heaven is my little corner of hell. I’ve been sitting here for quite a while now in the captain’s truck, waiting for him to pick up a new used motor for the power seats in my car. We’re at a street full of junkyards and parts, an ugly, abandoned, lost part of South San Diego, actually Chula Vista. Huge holes in the streets, everything in disrepair, hand lettered signs, broken cars, definitely not on the touristy tours of America’s Finest City. This is the side that ConVis doesn’t want you to see, the smelly industrial working

areas. I came along for the ride because I thought it was going to be quick and we’d be driving home right by the Nordstrom’s in La Jolla and I’m all out of my Kiehl’s  and reckoned we could do a little looksee around the store. I mean, while we’re there, we might as well carpe diem, right?? I’m thirsty, I have to go to the bathroom, and I’m stuck in the car while he walked to who-knows-where. He took his cell in the event of a shootout or something, (not inconceivable here).

I’m nearing critical mass on the bladder issue. We girls need to remember to not hold it in for fear of a UTI, and I’m a frequent, (you know what I mean). I memorized the locations of all the decent half-way clean public toilets on our main highway, Highway 5 South from Oceanside to the US-Mexico border. If I need to, I can stop at the Denny’s in Del Mar. That’s about 20 minutes or so from my house if there’s no traffic. Easy access, safe, fairly clean, and no hassles. The next stop south would be at the Visitor Information Center near Mission Bay. This one only seems safe during the day; it’s not well lit at night. How did I get on this subject? I wonder! Oh yeah, I need to go BAD. Here he comes, thank goodness! I’ll review the northbound public toilets another time.

Back home now. I was able to wait until Nordstrom’s, which has a very nice restroom. We were in a hurry to beat the commute traffic, so all we had time for was to stock up on the products I love from the Kiehl’s counter; the Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate with Vitamin C and Epidermal Re-Texturizing Microdermabrasion polishing cream. The captain uses the Ultimate Thickening Shampoo… for obvious reasons.

One of the many annoying things I used to say to my son was to “use his time wisely”. With him, it meant stuff like he should get his homework done the minute he got home from school so everything would be fresh in his mind and then he could go play and not have to think about it and the added benefit of not hearing me nag him. (I’m sure that was a motivating factor!) Since I started blogging, I was able to use my time wisely today by taking pictures and drafting a few blogs/ideas for later use.

Now I need to proof a couple of documents for a tech start-up before Gossip Girl at 9pm. As always, thanks for reading!