Vivite skin care has a superb nighttime Glycolic Acid cream that really repairs skin. It's called Vivite Night Renewal Facial Cream with 20% Glycolic Acid ($79, 2 oz. jar).
And what we really like about this line of skin care products is its lineage. In other words, the Allergan company that brought you Botox cosmetic and Latisse are also the proud makers of Vivite beauty products.
We have yahooed about the benefits of Glycolic Acid in a number of past Beauty Tip Today articles.
Why? Simply because the effective AHA, or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, is able to revive skin and bring back a smoother texture, clearer complexion, softer skin, and a softening of existing wrinkles and of sun-damaged problems like sun spots and melasma.
The beauty science can get complex, but in layman's terms, Glycolic Acid is the leader of the AHAs says Allergan:
Because of its smaller molecular size, glycolic acid is believed to be more effective for skin care than other alpha hydroxy acids.
And Glycolic Acid can do all this:
• Exfoliates by thoroughly removing the uneven, “rough” layer of dead skin cells, resulting in a more compact stratum corneum (outer layer of the epidermis)
• Penetrates through the upper layer of skin to begin exfoliation from the bottom up, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• Increases moisture retention by binding with water and pulling it through the stratum corneum, improving skin hydration and overall skin health.
And it's easy to use, according to the Vivite people: Just apply to the face and neck, once daily, in the evening. Just remember to use very little of the Vivite Night Renewal Facial cream around the eyes, because it can be quite irritating. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher everyday to prevent an increase in sun sensitivity.
Products in the VIVITÉ™ line have glycolic compound concentrations of up to 20 percent, whereas most over-the-counter skin care products have only a three to 10 percent concentration. However, the physician-strength glycolic acid in VIVITÉ™ is safe for at-home use, because it undergoes Allergan’s propriety process called partial neutralization, allowing for less irritation and greater efficacy.
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