Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser Review

Looking for a cleanser that can take your complexion from dull to luminous in a very short amount of time? If the answer is “yes, please!” then Body Merry has the perfect face wash for you.

The product: Body Merry’s Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser

What it’s good for: Cleaning your face, but in a really thorough kind of way. Body Merry actually recommends not using this face wash daily because of its strength. As they put it, “The ingredients in this product are stronger than your average face wash so we suggest starting out by using it only 1-2 times per week then increase your usage of it from there, based off of how your skin tolerates it.”

My skin is on the dry/sensitive side and I’ve found that using this face wash 1-2 times per week is the perfect frequency. That way I’ve been getting the brightening and cleansing effects minus any dryness or irritation.

Key natural ingredients: There are several awesome natural ingredients to highlight here. Of course this cleanser contains glycolic acid, which is a type of alpha hydroxy acid known to have the smallest molecular size and hence the greatest bioavailability. In other words, it can really get into your pores and clean them out. Next, this cleanser features acne-fighting willowbark which is a natural source of salicylic acid. There are also jojoba beads to help the exfoliation process. But don’t worry, they’re not environmentally unfriendly. These tiny beads are made from jojoba oil.

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The price tag: $18.99 (6 fl oz). Not a bad price at all and it will last a long time since you’ll be alternating it with another cleanser.

Where to buy: BodyMerry.com (right now they have free shipping on U.S. orders over $25!)

My favorite perk: This face wash is awesome at unclogging pores and getting rid of dead skin, which is great news for everyone, but especially those of us who struggle with breakout-prone skin.

Old & New Favorites

It’s been a really long time since I was this impressed with a face mask. Plenty of masks can work “well”, but I think a really awesome masks shows you its powers of improvement pretty much immediately.

Earth Science’s Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel did just that.  I applied it to clean skin, waited until it dried (about 10 minutes), peeled it off and voilà – immediate improvement! As I washed away the remnants of the mask (it didn’t peel off perfectly) I saw that dead skin was also being washed away, my skin was brighter, pores seemed smaller and it didn’t dry out my face at all. I’m in love.  This peel really does what you would hope using natural yet truly effective ingredients and it’s super reasonable at about $14.

I really went all out last night because I also did my all time favorite mask – Aztec Indian Healing Clay. If you haven’t tried it before, you MUST. You simply must. You can find it at Whole Foods and it’s only around $6. You have to mix the clay with water (or apple cider vinegar), but there’s really very little effort involved.  It works like no other to draw out toxins and purify the skin. It’s also really healing for breakouts.  You can actually feel it tightening and pulsating on your face as it dries. I had a friend try it last night for the first time and she was really impressed. She keeps telling me how smooth her skin feels today.  I can’t say I’m surprised –  I really think this clay just might be the “world’s most powerful facial”.

Have you tried either of these? What’s your favorite face mask?