This exfoliating alpha & polyhydroxy acid cream comes in a pump bottle, not the jar in the photo here (avoid anything in a jar like the plague due to antioxidants losing their use when exposed repeatedly when opened & exposed to oxidation and the ability to containment the contents). It has gel-cream texture and doesn't sting as some AHA & BHA products do, but don't be deceived: I used to rub excess on my fingers and knuckles until I noticed it made those area most susceptible to minor injuries. The amount and quality of moisturization & exfoliation is lovely with routine usage for at least 3-6 weeks. I love Alpha AHA products as well, but I perk up from the feel and smell of this one.
As a long time (25+ years) user of AHA & BHA products, my dry skin's mantle can tolerate the exfoliation with usage 2x/day 4-5 days per week, alternating with retinol-only nights (prefer Paula's Choice clinical 1% retinol). I can't use it at the same time as self-tanner because the tan is gone by morning. The results are a noticeable reduction in pores & fine lines, but regular use is required to maintain it as with any other like product.
The Ultra Restorative Cream is thicker and more moisturizing than this one, but both provide the same exfoliation without needing another product. I'll often add Paula's Choice hyaluronic acid booster to amp it up, but this product impressed me by working as a stand-alone potion for multiple benefits. I think the price of both are reasonable for the performance, although on the pricey end nonetheless. I can't use it everyday because I also use a clarisonic, and depending on the weather & hormones, the two can be too much at once and exacerbate redness all around my mouth & nostrils, which are the most sensitive & redness-prone areas on my face.
A strong, multilayer of UVA-blocking mineral sunscreen is 365 day/year must anyway, and this performance of this cream demands it to prevent adverse reactions. Should you use it without appropriate sun protection, irritation will show as small bumps initially in spots over the face which then become red & inflamed. Should this happen, stop using it and switch to ultra gentle, calming formulations of a moisturizing potion in order to shield this delicate condition from outside elements (air, pollution, bacteria entryways), and stop forsaking the strong UVA-blocking sunscreen. A gentle cleanser, too, is a must.