After researching AHAs and BHAs for my blog post here, I incorporated 8% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid into my nightly skincare routine and I’ve been very impressed with the smooth, glowy skin and reduced pores they gave me. I’ve recently embarked on Operation Freckle-Away, which is me trying to get rid of a few sun-induced freckles on my cheekbones, and part of this involves stepping up the glycolic acid to 15% with NeoStrata Gel Plus.
NeoStrata was actually founded by the scientists (Van Scott and Yu) who discovered the effects AHAs had on skin. Their skincare products reflect this – no-nonsense, clinical-looking products filled with potent and proven ingredients, in particular AHAs and PHAs. PHAs are essentially the next generation in hydroxy acid exfoliants – they’re more moisturising and hence better for sensitive skin, thanks to the additional hydroxy groups which have a humectant effect and attract water. Additionally, PHAs act as antioxidants to protect the skin.
NeoStrata Gel Plus contains an AHA (glycolic acid) at a relatively high concentration of 15% – it’s only recommended for experienced users of AHAs whose skin is already accustomed to chemical exfoliants. Gel Plus is well formulated – it was easy to spread and absorbed quickly into my skin, and it comes in a handy hygienic flip-top bottle. Only a tiny amount is needed. My skin is oily to begin with, and it didn’t feel too dry or itchy after application, which has happened with some other products in the past (Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid, for example). After only a few nights of use, my skin felt significantly softer and a few pimples threatening to flare up started flattening – huzzah!
(I felt like this picture was appropriate again.)
As with any other AHA or BHA product, you have to wear sunscreen while using it since it exposes fresh skin, and sun will counteract all the effort you’ve put in!
- Exfoliates, even out pigmentation, reduce appearance of pores, smooth wrinkles and stimulate collagen synthesis for firmer, fresher-looking skin
- Results backed by scientific research
- Sturdy, hygienic packaging
- Excellent formula which spreads well
- For girls with sensitive or dry skin, or simply those who haven’t tried any chemical exfoliants before, your skin may react to this. Go slow!
- Freshly exfoliated skin is thinner and more sensitive to sun – sunscreen is a must!
- Smells like alcohol (this could be a pro, actually, depending on what you like your products to smell like!)
This is definitely going to be a staple in my skincare routine!
Product provided by PR, which did not affect my opinion of it. For more details, see Disclosure Policy. Neostrata Gel Plus retails at $40.95 for 100 mL. For stockists, visit their website.