Glycolic acid for aging skin
To maintain skin strength and elasticity, collagen is essential. However, as we age, the production of collagen reduces and leads to the formation of wrinkles, and drier and thinner skin. Glycolic acid effectively tackles mature skin concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, etc. Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane and can penetrate the skin easily (being the smallest and one of the strongest molecules).
Wondering how this penetrative ability of glycolic acid benefits mature skin? Glycolic acid thoroughly exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin by dissolving the bonds that hold the skin cells together. The deep exfoliation thus speeds up the skin cell renewal process. As a result, mature skin experiences increased collagen production and balanced hydration.
- Glycolic acid accelerates collagen production
- Glycolic acid helps maintain hydration level
When you apply glycolic acid on the skin, it triggers the skin to produce more collagen. Collagen is a protein that is responsible for making the skin firm, plumpier, and maintaining elasticity. The level of collagen drops with aging, which is when skin loses its strength and becomes saggy. Apart from aging, sun exposure is another factor that can decrease collagen production and levels. When it comes to anti-aging, glycolic acid can penetrate deeper layers to promote collagen synthesis and work magnificently by dissolving dead skin and revealing a flattened skin surface. When the skin has a flattening effect, fine lines and wrinkles become less noticeable.
The benefits of glycolic acid are not limited to skin exfoliation. Glycolic acid is categorized as a humectant, which means it can chemically attract water molecules and provide skin with the required moisture. Humectants such as glycolic acid can attract water from two places: the environment (if it is humid) and from the deeper layers of the skin. When collagen level drops, the skin appears dry, making it look more aged. However, with restored hydration (with glycolic acid), skin can easily prevent and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Now that you know the benefits of using glycolic acid for aging skin, here’s an anti-aging routine and products that can help you seamlessly include glycolic acid in your regular skincare.
Anti-aging routine with glycolic acid products
- Start with a cleanser
- Feel the goodness of a face mask
- Serum, Serum, Serum
- Get daytime care with a day cream
- Secure your night with a relaxing night cream
When you step outside; dirt and dust can accumulate on your skin and make it greasy. Hence, cleansing the external dirt is necessary to ensure your skin is free of any impurities and ready to absorb nourishing ingredients that can make up for the loss of natural oils, and hydration during the day. We recommend you to use the L'Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Daily Foaming Face Cleanser that helps exfoliate upper layers of skin and even out skin tones. The gentle formula acts tenderly on the skin, giving an optimal cleansing effect from the first application.
Once you have a cleansed face, you can apply a face mask containing glycolic acid. In a skincare ritual, face masks can give you some much-needed me-time while simultaneously hydrating and moisturizing your skin, and removing excess oil. To help you achieve maximum benefits, you can try the L'Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Glowing Serum Mask that corrects and evens skin tone and delivers two times brighter skin in just 15 minutes.
Face serum is a magical ingredient that can give the collagen in your skin a boost, making it firm and radiant. However, while choosing a glycolic acid-based face serum for your anti-aging skincare routine, you must be careful about the percentage of the acid available in the product. If you are new to AHAs or have other skin-related issues like irritation, or discomfort, you can positively start with a face serum containing a lower percentage of glycolic acid. We recommend you add the L'Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Brightening Serum to your skincare routine. This face serum has 1.0% glycolic acid, which can efficiently reduce and remove up to five years of dark spots in just two weeks. Thus, you can now use glycolic acid for dark spots treatment.
A dedicated day cream is mandatory to revive the mature skin and provide hydration. It helps to reduce signs of aging, repair skin, promote blood circulation, etc. A day cream should ideally come with a sun protection factor, commonly known as SPF, which can skilfully protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. We recommend you to use the L'Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Day Cream with SPF17 which can guard your skin against sun exposure and deliver you glowing skin.
Any skincare routine is incomplete without an overnight cream. Night creams soothe and moisturize skin, and boost collagen production while you sleep. Further, this product prepares your skin for the next day. Add L'Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Glowing Night Cream to the list of glycolic acid-based products and complete your anti-aging skincare routine.
Those who have some level of expertise in beauty product ingredients must be aware of retinol (a type of retinoid made from vitamin A), another exfoliator that works against natural aging, wrinkles, and fine lines. Therefore, if you search for answers to questions like can I use glycolic acid with retinol to get a faster result, the expert advice would be to use glycolic acid and retinol separately. However, it is wise to stick to one ingredient to achieve maximum benefit.
The urge to look young forever lurks in everyone’s minds and the dream and desire to prevent visible signs of aging is certainly possible with glycolic acid. So, go ahead and browse through the wide range of L'Oréal Paris Glycolic Acid products, select as per your requirement to bring back your 20’s skin texture and confidence.
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