Neostrata recently discontinued their "Smoothing" formulas with glycolic acid. In this they discontinued my beloved Neostrata Oil Free Smoothing Lotion Level 3, a light lotion with 10% glycolic acid that was fragrance-free. In Neostrata's new Glycolic Renewal line, they have a line up of 5% glycolics and 10% glycolics in which you can choose between a lotion and cream formulation. I was intrigued by the new 5% glycolics but they had denatured alcohol as one of the first ingredients, which is disappointing for me since I have dry, sensitive skin. Because I was starting to run low on my old bottle of Smoothing Lotion, I opted to dry this as a cream because of my skin type.
One thing Neostrata made a change to is to have the glycolic acid attached to arginine so the formula is time-released, which lowers the risk of irritation and tingling. With glycolic acid, first time beginners should ALWAYS start at low concentrations 5%-8% and slowly build up tolerance. When making the big jump to something like 10%, the stinging can be quite uncomfortable. However, I can attest that unlike the original Smoothing Lotion, I barely felt the irritating tingle. With the Smoothing Lotion you immediately feel irritation, but because of the time-released formula, the effects are not as bad.
I only use this at night for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I don't like the idea of having my skin, and possibly my makeup, shed all day. Secondly, AHAs do make your skin more photosensitive to the sun. I apply this every second or third day to also reduce irritation. This cream is pretty thick but is easily spread.The formula does contain allantoin and argan oil, which is used to sooth and hydrate the skin.
The morning I wake up with this on, my skin is glowing, soft and bright. I'm only 18, but glycolic acid is a great anti-aging ingredient.
I do have a minor problem with the packaging, however. The locking system with the cap isn't the best. You really have to take your time to close the cap.
One peeve I have with this product is that this time they decided to add fragrance. Neostrata... why?! :( Even the Smoothing Lotion had no fragrance. I could really do without it, but it's on the bottom of a long ingredients list, so I don't think it would pose much problems.
I bought this on sale for $31.50 at Rexalls, I think the regular price may be $37~38.