Turn your skin around with glycolic acid and antioxidants

I was going to call this post The Indispensables because that is what these two products (and their triplet sister, the Activ Retinol 1.0) have become. For most of last year I couldn’t really focus on things like pigmentation or skin ageing because my breakouts were so bad and continuous that all I cared about was clearing my skin. Now that I have breakouts under control I can really focus on improving my skin’s texture, fighting pigmentation and fine lines and generally trying to get my skin in great shape. I received these two products at a very interesting talk last year on the Dermaceutic Cosmo Peel and the benefits of peels for reversing skin damage. I’m going to be doing a post on Dermaceutic peels for Go Beauty, so I will post a link to that at some point.

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I’ve been using these products as a day and night cream for nearly two months, in conjunction with a weekly Dermaceutic Mask 15 application (this is almost like a mini at-home peel with 15% glycolic acid) and as mentioned the Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 1.0 at night.  I love the texture of the C25 Cream which is so silky and hydrating, and packed with antioxidant vitamins and polyphenols to fight the free radicals which lead to skin ageing. It doesn’t contain an SPF so it is vital, vital, vital that you apply a high SPF over it.

The Light Ceutic Skin Toning Night Cream has also been responsible for a big turnaround in my skin. Because my skin likes to get upset over nearly everything I’ve always been a bit wary about too much glycolic acid, but gradually incorporating it into my daily routine has made a huge difference to the appearance of my skin helped clear up my breakouts. Why should you be using glycolic acid? Glycolic acid exfoliates the skin by dissolving the ‘cement’ holding your upper layer of skin cells together, causing them to shed and triggering repair. It also regulates the production of melanin so is effective for treating pigmentation. Light Ceutic contains 8% glycolic acid, phytic acid and vitamin C. I use this most nights, but sometimes to give my skin a break I will skip a night and just use the C25 Cream instead.

For glycolic acid to yield results it needs to be in the right concentration and at the right pH, and Dermaceutic are experts in creating products which aren’t just cosmetic but really cosmeceutical in nature. These are home care products which are great to use in conjunction with regular clinic peels for optimal results, but on their own they are a great investment in serious skincare. The C25 Cream sells for R682 and the Light Ceutic for R660 as of 1st Feb 2016.

For Dermaceutic stockists in the Johannesburg area contact justine@conquest.co.za. I know the range is available at Skin ID. For Cape Town I know Ageless Faces is a stockist or you can contact sam@conquest.co.za for other stockists.

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