An ideal introduction to acids, glycolic is safe for all skin types, says Gerstner. “This is a great product to address most skincare issues from anti-aging to blemishes,” says Sarah Garland, senior manager of planning for The Spa at Equinox. This treatment sloughs off dead cells and unclogs pores using the combination of glycolic and salicylic acids.
The salicylic acid in this serum will treat mild outbreaks and also help dissolve blackheads and whiteheads. “This formula will help regulate oil production and lightly exfoliate the skin, keeping pores clear,” says Garland. Plus, the addition of thyme reduces redness.
Mandelic acid works wonders on inflamed skin post-workout, plus this a great cleanser for breakout-prone athletes, says Garland. This face wash is also made with green tea extract that will stimulate collagen production for a brighter complexion.
Hyaluronic acid acts as an oil-free hydrator resulting in more supple, younger-looking skin. “The hyaluronic will help draw the antioxidants deeper, fighting free radical damage,” explains Garland. Try it in these single-use treatments to see the skin visibly plump.
Gerstner recommends easy use pads that smooth the skin’s texture, pore size, and any visible scarring. A combination of glycolic and salicylic acid rids of dead skin while chamomile and lavender calm and soothe. However, this might not be the best product for extremely sensitive skin types, advises Garland.