Glycolic acid is a popular alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) known for its ability to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. It is derived from sugar cane and is widely used in skincare products for its ability to penetrate the skin deeply and effectively. In this article, we will explore how to make the best use of glycolic acid in your skincare routine for optimal results.
Step 1: Start with a low concentration
If you are new to glycolic acid, it is important to start with a low concentration to avoid skin irritation or inflammation. You can begin with a product containing 5-10% glycolic acid and gradually increase the concentration over time as your skin adjusts.
We recommend The Formula Rx 6% AHA BHA Exfoliator, a gentle exfoliating solution that contains glycolic acid and salicylic acid to target blemishes, improve the appearance of enlarged pores and give a smoother, brighter complexion.
Step 2: Use glycolic acid in your nighttime routine
Glycolic acid can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, so it is best to use it in your nighttime routine. After cleansing, apply a glycolic acid toner or serum to your skin, and follow up with a moisturiser to prevent dryness.
We recommend Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturiser that provides controlled hydration to skin, and exfoliates pores gently and doesn’t feel oily on the skin when applied.
Step 3: Don't overdo it
While glycolic acid is beneficial for the skin, it is important not to overdo it. Overuse can lead to irritation, redness, and peeling. It is recommended to use glycolic acid once or twice a week to avoid over-exfoliation.
Step 4: Pair with other skincare ingredients
Glycolic acid can be paired with other skincare ingredients for maximum benefits. For example, it can be used with vitamin C to brighten the skin or with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin. However, it is important to patch test and introduce new ingredients slowly to avoid any adverse reactions.
We recommend Dot & Key 10% Glycolic Watermelon Super Glow Face Serum with the goodness of glycolic acid and watermelon extracts for calmer, softer and brighter skin.
Step 5: Use sunscreen daily
As mentioned earlier, glycolic acid can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, making it important to use sunscreen daily. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
We recommend Put Simply Beat The Sun Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, an SPF 50 PA+++ sunscreen that’s ultra lightweight, moisturising, doesn’t leave a white cast when applied and most importantly protects your skin from harmful sun damage and skin sensitivity.
There’s no doubt that glycolic acid can be a game-changer for your skincare routine if used correctly. Start with a low concentration, use it in your nighttime routine, don't overdo it, pair with other skincare ingredients, and use sunscreen daily for optimal results. With consistent use, you can expect brighter, smoother, and more radiant-looking skin.
- Eshita Sharma