Monday, May 19, 2014

On The Shelf


Glycolic Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion

Purchase Price $26 + tax (16 oz.)

Retailer Local Ulta Store or  

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Product Review:

The name may be a little bit of a misnomer by being labeled a “cleansing lotion”, as it is more of a toner in the sense it is a secondary step after your initial face washing. And as far as it being a lotion in the sense you rub it on it is a liquid so it does hydrate and then evaporate off the skin so there is no layer of residue as with some traditional lotions. Having used other Mario Badescu products with great results finding a toner was next on my list. Having choices is great but with so many different products to try how do you know which one is best suited for you? Feeling overwhelmed I used this long running company’s site and found it very useful and easy to find the correct products. With a simple click and answer question system it narrowed down specific details of my skin characteristics making my choice for me. This system took a lot of the guess work as well as the trial and error out of the equation creating a result that has suited me well.

With Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, citric acid, etc.) and soothing extracts from seaweed and aloe this toner was a great find. The A-Hydroxy acids help break down old cells and clean pores making it possible to promote new skin cell development. Skin cells will regenerate regardless but by exfoliating the dead cells off it allows for a smoother and healthy appearance to the skin. Application is made easy by way of a simple flip up nozzle which has made spilling it after knocking it over on the counter mess free. By squeezing this liquid onto a cotton ball makes it great for control of how much product you are dispensing. Since this is alcohol free and odorless you do not get that over powering medical prep smell, so hooray! The only irritation I saw was after using a once a week peel with glycolic acid in it as well. If you use a peel with similar ingredient list you may want to skip using this on that day.

The price is comparable to many other toner/astringent/cleansing lotions on the market. This product would work well for those with oily, combination, and sensitive skin however this one has not wowed me as I was hoping for. I will definitely not stray from the Mario Badescu brand and for now this will be on my shelf until I try another one out of twelve possible products.