As much as we love the excitement that comes with discovering new shades of lipstick, hunting out the best long-wear liner and finally getting our hands on a life-changing mascara, it’s hard to feel truly great about your beauty game if your skin’s looking less than radiant.
And, though there’s certainly no shortage of revolutionary formulas complete that promise to cure all our skin-care woes in a jiff, we’re going back to basics with a longtime complexion savior: glycolic acid.
The highly soluble alpha hydroxy acid isn’t just a must-have ultra-moisturizing ingredient for anyone looking to banish a lackluster visage, but its exfoliating properties are so effective at encouraging cell turnover that those suffering from hyperpigmentation or premature aging can also see relief. And, on top of its wrinkle-fighting super-powers, glycolic acid can also work wonders for those suffering from acne. In other words, it's the total complexion package!
But, if you don’t have the dough to drop on a series of professional peels (and we don’t blame you!), click through for 10 skin-refining glycolic acid masks, serums, and moisturizers to add to your at-home beauty regimen.
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Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Overnight Peel, $16.99, available at Ulta.
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Lierac High Peel Renewing Concentrate, $60, available at Lierac.