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The secret to instantly glowing skin: my favorite mask

The secret to instantly glowing skin: my favorite mask

This face mask is one that you will be so glad you didn’t miss! Especially, at this price point, OMG!  But it's not all about price, it's about ROI and value.  I live by the motto that less is more.  And, I find it my mission in life to use the fewest amount of things with the least amount of effort to get the best results.

You will never get recommendations that are full of fluff.  There are plenty of beauty bloggers out there for that.  With all of my recommendations, I follow a strict protocol.

#1 - NO BS, no smoke and mirrors

#2 - All products and steps are vetted through my expertise that consists of 18+ years in medical dermatology, collaboration with Dermatologists, chemists and estheticians, my knowledge as a licensed skincare consultant (training on chemical and cosmeceutical compounds), and last but not least a sprinkle of personal experience.  Most importantly, not all things are for all skin types and people. I selectively filter recommendations to match skin priorities with solutions.  For every recommendation; I look for:

  1. Ingredients that have proven clinical efficacy. Ideally, clinical trials and testing preferred.
  2. When possible clinical efficacy + clean ingredients (vetted through ingredient percentages and mechanism of action as well as vehicle).
  3. Value, not price. I look for ingredients that deliver results, not marketing, a celebrity name, or fancy packaging that costs more than the ingredients.
  4. Is it worth YOUR time, energy, and $$ based on the outcome you are trying to achieve.
  5. Is it realistic to use consistently and/or incorporate into a buys lifestyle?

Let’s get to it already!

By now I hope you know, I am alllll about big ROI, and up until I found this product, the ONLY thing that came even close was a prescription strength option.

This glycolic mask is my secret weapon that I like to use as a “skin polish.”

What the heck is that!? Think of it like when you get your detailed and waxed on the outside!

  • Pores look smaller and a deeper clean
  • The texture of the skin looks polished, glowy and tighter yet supple
  • You look instantly  refreshed and vibrant
  • Unwanted pigment is softened

Just like with polishing or waxing your car, you can’t use a potent glycolic all of the time.  Glycolics aren’t anything new. I have used glycolic products that are way more potent and much more expensive that don’t measure up.

This is likely too potent for most teen, and sensitive skin. For sensitive skin types, it could be used on chest or hands, especially at this affordable price point!

If you’re like ok show me already, you can click the link below.

Glycolic Mask

If you are interested or are a super science nerd, like me here is the skinny on the WHY glycolic can deliver such awesome results and the clinical data to back it up! 

Keep in mind not all glycolics are the same, and that's what makes this recommendation such a gem!  It's my go to post Summer, and anytime I need to look extra refreshed for a special event. 

The power of Glycolic Acid- and HOW it transforms in 1 application

In the realm of skincare, few ingredients possess the transformative prowess of glycolic acid. Hailed as a "miracle worker" by enthusiasts and experts alike, glycolic acid has made waves for its ability to reveal radiant, rejuvenated skin. In this journey of discovery, we delve into the clinical data and real-world improvements brought about by glycolic acid, with a spotlight on the Andalou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask—a treasure trove of science and beauty.

**Clinical Data: The Proof **

  1. **Texture Refinement**: Clinical studies have shown that glycolic acid acts as a superior exfoliant, aiding in the removal of dead skin cells and promoting a smoother skin texture[^1^]. Participants in these studies reported a noticeable improvement in the texture and tone of their skin, affirming glycolic acid's ability to polish and refine.

 

  1. **Hyperpigmentation Reduction**: The battle against hyperpigmentation is a common one, and glycolic acid has emerged as a formidable ally. Research indicates that glycolic acid effectively diminishes the appearance of hyperpigmentation, lending a helping hand in achieving a more even complexion[^2^].

 

  1. **Collagen Boost**: The fountain of youth may not be a myth after all. Clinical data suggests that glycolic acid stimulates collagen production, helping to plump and firm the skin[^3^]. This collagen-boosting effect contributes to a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

**The Andalou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask: Science Meets Skincare**

 Among the myriad of glycolic acid-infused products, the Andalou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask emerges as a true gem, harnessing the power of science to elevate your skincare ritual. Formulated with precision, this mask takes advantage of glycolic acid's clinical benefits, backed by the nourishing properties of pumpkin and honey. Together, they form a dynamic trio that tackles skin texture, dullness, and radiance.

**A Real-World Gem: Personal Experience**

 As an avid skincare enthusiast, I've witnessed firsthand the magic of glycolic acid through the Andalou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask. Its clinical stats  translates into immediate, real-world results. After incorporating this mask into my routine, I observed a noticeable improvement in the texture of my skin. The exfoliating power of glycolic acid unveiled a smoother, more luminous canvas, while the nurturing qualities of pumpkin and honey soften the potency of the glycolic which can be easily overdone and cause irritation.

How to use:

Glycolic acid's potency demands respect, and its effects may vary from person to person. If you have open skin or very sensitive skin, skip all together, or use on more durable areas, like your chest and back of hands.

I strongly encourage spot testing before doing your full face. 

Glycolic mask application

I like to use this as my 1 x per/ month refresh or just before a special occasion.

It is worth it!  To me, it isn’t about whether you have the $ or don’t.  It’s more about value.  No matter how much wealth you have, no one likes to pay more than they should.

If you are looking for that I just got a facial, but have no time for a facial, look no further.  It’s results rival more expensive products like Red Carpet Facial in a box, with less steps and the costs $16.99 versus $100.00+.

 

 

 

 

Glycolic mask after

 

**Sources:**

  1. [PubMed Central - Clinical and Histopathologic Effects of Glycolic Acid at Different Concentrations and pH Levels](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921764/)
  2. [Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology - Efficacy of Alpha Hydroxy Acids in the Treatment of Melasma](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4106357/)
  3. [ScienceDirect - Collagen Stimulation and Skin Tightening with Neocollagenesis After Fractional Laser](https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352647520300360)
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