Dr LeWinn’s Reversaderm: Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask and Glycolic Clarifying Cleanser

 

Dr LeWinn's Reversaderm: Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask (left) and Glycolic Clarifying Cleanser (right)

Dr LeWinn’s Reversaderm: Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask (left) and Glycolic Clarifying Cleanser (right)

 

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.

Exp Dermatol. 2003;12 Suppl 2:57-63. Biological effects of glycolic acid on dermal matrix metabolism mediated by dermal fibroblasts and epidermal keratinocytes.Okano YAbe YMasaki HSanthanam UIchihashi MFunasaka Y.

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.

Availability: David Jones, Myer, Priceline and leading pharmacies.

 

Dr LeWinn's Reversaderm Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask ingredients

Dr LeWinn’s Reversaderm Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask ingredients

Dr LeWinn’s Reversaderm Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask

 

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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DIY 7% glycolic acid AHA rejuvenating serum

 

7% Glycolic AHA serum

7% Glycolic AHA serum

 

It’s been awhile since my last DIY post, and to be honest I haven’t been doing any much DIYing lately apart from my basics- DIY Oil Cleansing Method cleanser and my DIY brush cleaner. After my recent move to Melbourne from NSW I’ve sadly had to bin a lot of my butters, aloe, Seamollient, oils and other bulky perishables so it will take awhile to order more supplies.

Earlier in the year, I formulated a glycolic acid serum. I’ve been wanting to do a post on this serum but only just gotten around to posting about it now because things have been so busy around here.

Benefits:

Glycolic acid works as an exfoliant by removing superficial skin cells from the epidermis, as well as increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen product in the deeper dermal layers. This makes it a fantastic tool for treating pigmentation, wrinkles, and maintaining healthy skin.  I’ve noticed that my skin feels smoother, more radiant, and plumper after using the serum a few times a week.

A word of warning:

A few important points that I need to make here before we go on:

1. AHAs including Glycolic Acid photosensitises your skin. You must wear a heavy duty sunscreen when exposed to the sun at least for 24hrs after using this serum.

2. Acids have the ability to do serious damage to your skin if used inappropriately. Work with acids at your own risk and make sure you have a basic understanding of the chemistry behind them and exercise caution.

3. If you haven’t used AHAs before, or only in low concentrations/heavily buffered formulae, do NOT start at 7%. Start below 5% and then work your way up.

4. Most commercially available AHA products (cleansers, serums including Alpha- H Liquid Gold) have been buffered to neutralise some of the glycolic acid. Therefore, even though on the label the product may be 10%, there may only be 3% effective acid. Keep this in mind if you have been using a product labeled at 15% glycolic acid- do not attempt to make 15% unbuffered serum at home because it will be a LOT stronger.

7% Glycolic AHA serum ingredients

7% Glycolic AHA serum ingredients

 

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