Glossier products have been everywhere recently. If it’s not being advertised on your social media (Instagram in particular), then it’s being raved about by celebrities such as Jen Atkin. Following the hype, I thought I’d give one of the products a try myself and I went for the exfoliating solution.
On the website, Glossier promises the solution “gently sloughs dead cells away through chemical exfoliation, dissolving the bonds gluing problematic dead cells to the healthy skin beneath” which is apparently better than your standard beaded exfoliator you use once a week or so.
In the solution contains three main acids: Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid and Polyhydroxy Acid. No idea what they are and what they do? Neither did I, so let me break it down for you.
Alpha Hydroxy acids (AHAs) are fruit acids and are the most common examples of lactic and glycolic acids, both of which are renowned for exfoliating the skin. When Dr. Sam Bunting, a London based dermatologist, spoke to the Telegraph, she advised that those with sensitive skin should only use products with AHAs in two or three times a week, while those with less sensitive skin should be able to us it daily without irritation.
Beta Hydroxy Acids aren’t hugely dissimilar to AHAs; however as well as exfoliation properties, BHAs also unclogs pores and aids the skin in healing and repairing itself.
Then there’s the Polyhydroxy Acids which also removes dead skin cells, makes your skin smoother and tones your skin. PHAs also slows down the process of ageing – they’re milder compared to AHAs.
So, what did I think of it you ask? Before using Glossier solution, my skin was dull (not that any one looks particularly glowing in February, unless you’re pregnant or sweaty) and I had some minor red blotchiness in my cheeks which I’d developed in recent months. Due to the fact my skin isn’t particularly sensitive, I tried using it every night. After using the solution every night for 4 weeks, I had 100% noticed that the redness in my skin has gone down.
Following my usual daily cleansing routine with the addition of the solution, I found my skin was quite literally squeaky clean. I was able to rub my face against my pillow when going to bed to genuinely hear a slight squeaking noise because my skin was so smooth and shiny!
However, I did find using the solution every day slightly irritate my skin. With it being such an acidic product, it would tingle a bit and you’d have to be very careful not to get it near your eyes. In addition to this, like most people in January/February time, my skin was dry as the Sahara dessert so I thought the exfoliation aspect to the product would help me get rid of this. Not so much.
The skin on my nose was red raw due to my continuous nose blowing and despite the BHAs properties there to help “heal and repair” the skin, the solution made it worse and I found myself purposely having to avoid the area around my nose because it stung so much. Throughout the 4 weeks I was using the Glossier solution, my sore skin around my nose failed to heal.
In the past couple of days, I have returned back to my old toner which has more cooling properties like cucumber extract. My nose has already started to heal up despite the fact I’m (unfortunately) still blowing my nose just as much as a distraught One Direction fan at the news of their breakup.
To conclude, I wasn’t overwhelmed by the results I got – however, my skin wasn’t that bad in the first place compared to the before and after pictures of those who have tried it on the Glossier website. I’m not sure I’ll be rushing to buy Glossier solution again but at the same time I don’t feel like the £20 I spent on it was totally wasted. It’s one of those things if someone bought it me as a gift I’d be happy with it, but whether I’d want to spend my own money on it again, I’m unsure.