Restore ItTM

7.5% Glycolic Exfoliator

A chemical exfoliant that contains only water and glycolic acid at an effective 7.5% concentration, to even skin tone, increase radiance, and reduce lines and wrinkles over time


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  • Product details
  • What the science says
  • How to use it
  • Featured ingredients list
  • What you should know:

    The only ingredient aside from glycolic acid in this exfoliant is water, so you know you’re getting a hefty dose of the good stuff. Glycolic acid is a fan-favorite skin-care ingredient because it does more than just exfoliate. Yes, it works by dissolving the outermost layer of dead cells, leaving your skin brighter and glowier, but it also boosts collagen production in order to help smooth out wrinkles. That makes it—and this product—a smart pick for those with more mature skin who are looking to restore a youthful glow and texture. However, the concentrated formulation may not be a good option for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin.

    Treats these skin concerns:
    • acne
    • dullness
    • excess oil
    • large pores
    Ideal for these skin types:
    • normal
    • dry
    • oily
    • combination
    • mature
    • acne-prone
    Formulation notes:

    fragrance-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free

    Suitable for these skin tones:
    Fair Type I
    Light Type II
    Medium Type III
    Tan Type IV
    Brown Type V
    Deep Type VI

    Learn more about how we use the Fitzpatrick scale

    • Exfoliating is an important part of any skin-care routine, particularly as we age and the rate at which our cells turn over slows down. Regular exfoliation removes the buildup of dead cells so that skin looks brighter, smoother, and more radiant. It also ensures that the active ingredients in any other products you’re using are better able to penetrate.
    • Exfoliants can be either chemical or mechanical (these use small particles to physically slough off dead skin). Which one you choose is a matter of personal preference, though many chemical exfoliants, including the glycolic acid in this formula, offer additional benefits on top of exfoliation, giving you more bang for your buck.
    • P.M.

    Apply a small amount to skin after cleansing. This can be used nightly, but if you notice any redness or irritation, scale back to every other night.

    • RealSelf tips:

    • Those with sensitive skin may be better served by a gentler option, such as ClarityRx Detoxifying Charcoal MicroExfoliant or ClarityRx 10% Lactic Acid Solution.

    • While regular exfoliation is a good thing, too much exfoliation is not. Use only one exfoliating product in your skin-care routine at a time, particularly if it’s meant to be used daily.

    • Alpha hydroxy acids, such as the glycolic acid in this formula, can make your skin more susceptible to the sun, so be extra diligent about using sun protection daily.

  • Full ingredients list:

    Purified Water, Glycolic Acid