Last month, the kind folks from NeoStrata were gracious to furnish me a bottle of NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash. Since my skin has a tendency to congest and form zits, I was more than delighted to give this product a chance. The NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash is an anti-aging and soap free self-foaming cleanser that contains 18% glycolic acid and 2% lactobionic acid. This is a stronger cleanser than a lot of products out there that contains hydroxyacids.
|NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash (3.4 fl. oz, $32 USD)|
|Description and caution|
First of all, with this product, you don't have to lather in order for it to foam up. It is already self-foaming
|...like this! That's how much you get with one pump|
Although this product is designed to use once or twice daily, I gauge how my skin feels and decide whether I should use it. The thing is, if you have sensitive skin like me, washing your face too frequently with AHA may thin your skin out too much. Once my skin reached its optimal status, I use the Foaming Glycolic Wash two to three times a week. So far, my skin has been clear and the moisturizers I use are working better.
Since one of the ingredients is SD alcohol, I can smell a faint rubbing alcohol scent. At first, I was afraid it would dry out my skin. However, after cleaning, my skin feels just right. It is neither oily nor dry but very comfortable, thanks to glycerin and butylene glycol. The cleansing ingredient is cocamidopropyl betaine, a medium-strength sulfactant derived from coconut oil. Also, I noticed arginine, an amino acid. The last two ingredients, methylparaben and chlorphenesin, are preservatives.
One note of precaution: since this product contains AHA and PHA, you should not use it in conjuction with another product that contains either salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxyacid, or retinol. AHA, BHA, PHA, and retinol are exfoliators and using these products together may over-thin out the stratum corneum. Also, please use sunscreen before heading out of the house to protect your newly exfoliated skin from having sunburn.
As a product that contains chemical exfoliators, the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash does a nice job exfoliating my face without being too abrasive. Since I started using it, my face actually has a nice glow. Now, I'm glad to say I don't need to use foundation that often.
Disclosure: this product was provided for PR purposes. The experience and opinions in this post, however, are mine.