If you’ve been following my skin care routine and DIY posts, you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of the effects of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid (which is a type of AHA), is a chemical exfoliant which removes superficial older cells from the epidermis. It also increases cell turnover and directly stimulates collagen production through fibroblasts in the deeper layers of the skin, which is responsible for it’s skin rejuvenating, anti-aging properties.
Not all glycolic acid products are made equal, however, and the formulation is crucial. After using these products for about a month and scrutinizing the ingredient lists, I’m quite impressed with Dr Lewinn’s Reversaderm range. There seems to be a slightly higher concentration of active (not neutralized by buffering agents) glycolic acid compared to other similar products I’ve used- and importantly they are both alcohol free and SLS free.
Dr LeWinn’s say..
Dr. LeWinn’s Reversaderm Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask is an enzyme complex enriched with macadamia oil and French saffron. It helps achieve a micro-cellular exfoliation that leaves the complexion smoother and brighter while visibly reducing pore size and fine lines.
Cleanse and dry the skin, apply a thin layer onto the face and leave for 15-20 minutes and then rinse.Use weekly for the first two weeks in place of the Dr. LeWinn’s Reversaderm Micro-Cellular Age Correcting Peel.
The Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask uses a combination of AHA, papain and bromelain enzymes to exfoliate the skin. As a seasoned glycolic acid user, I find this quite gentle, but with enough kick to give me noticably polished skin afterwards. For those that haven’t used AHA products before, I would advise patch testing first and if all is well starting on once a week.
This mask is halfway between a cream and a gel, lavender coloured, and deliciously fruity smelling. I like to apply a generous layer on a clean, dry face, and leave it on for about 20mins. My skin feels soft and refined after this mask, which is something I’ve come to expect from good glycolic formulations.
All glycolic products are photosensitizing (makes your skin more sensitive to UV light damage) after use, so this is strictly a night time product. I would also recommend using a physical sunscreen with good photostability and broad spectrum protection the day after using this product.
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Dr. LeWinn’s Reversaderm Glycolic Clarifying Cleanser is made with 12 per cent glycolic acid. The AHA cleanser removes make-up and daily residue, without drying the skin out or causing irritation. It helps improve the appearance of photo-aged, sun damaged and acne-scarred skin. Massage onto a moist face. Leave on for one to two minutes then rinse. Use daily for the first two weeks and then as required.
As I mentioned earlier, glycolic products are photosensitizing (makes your skin more sensitive to UV light damage) after use, so this is strictly a night time product. I would also recommend using a physical sunscreen with good photostability and broad spectrum protection the day after using this product.
note: these products were provided to me by PR for consideration.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 7th, 2012 in Reviews, Skincare | 58310 comments. Dr+LeWinn%27s+Reversaderm%3A+Enzymatic+Detoxifying+Mask+and+Glycolic+Clarifying+Cleanser2012-12-07+02%3A56%3A54myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5831
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