Skin Zen Mask with 10% Glycolic Acid

Skin Zen Mask with 10% Glycolic Acid


Let’s talk about exfoliation for a minute, shall we? Exfoliation is a key component of any healthy skincare routine. Your skin type determines how often you need to exfoliate. Dry/Sensitive/Normal skin types should exfoliate once a week, while combination skin types should exfoliate 2-3 times a week, and oily skin types should exfoliate every other day. You should NEVER EVER exfoliate every day.

There are two types of exfoliation: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliation methods involve things like scrubby beads in face wash, scrubby brush thingys, clays, etc that scrape against the skin to remove dead skin layers. NOTE: (clears throat) DO NOT USE ANYTHING TO EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE THAT HAS CORNERS OR SHARP EDGES. No sugar/salt scrubs on your face, no ground up walnut shells/apricot kernels/whatever. The sharp edges will tear your skin, allowing surface bacteria access to deeper skin layers. This can cause irritation, inflammation, and breakouts. Chemical exfoliators use a chemical reaction to exfoliate dead skin. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are water-soluble chemical exfoliants, which beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are oil-soluble chemical exfoliants. Common AHAs include lactic and glycolic acid, while salicylic acid is the most common BHA in skincare. AHAs are better for surface pimples and blackheads, while BHAs are better for more severe/cystic acne.

Since I offer a physical exfoliation product in the Five Fruit Exfoliating Face Wash and an oil-soluble chemical exfoliation product in the Anti-Acne Face Wash, I thought it was time to add an AHA product or two. Say hello to the Skin Zen Mask with 10% Glycolic Acid! All the skin-soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera, comfrey, and cucumber extracts from the regular Skin Zen Mask, but with 10% glycolic acid to remove dead skin buildup and stimulate skin cell turnover. It’s perfect for all skin types, although dry skin folks may want to go with the Skin Zen Mask with 10% Lactic Acid, since lactic acid also moisturizes. Give it a try, and see if it’s time to change up your exfoliation routine!

IMPORTANT: All AHAs will increase your sun sensitivity for a few days after use. Either sunscreen up or get your Mrs. Roper on if you go outside after using this product.


INGREDIENTS: Distilled water, aloe vera, glycolic acid, hydroxyethyl acrylate (and) sodium acryloldimethyl (and) taurate copolymer, rosehip seed oil, camellia seed oil, cucumber extract, ceramide NP (and) ceramide AP (and) ceramide EOP (and) phytosphingosine (and) cholesterol (and) sodium lauroyl lactylate; comfrey extract, tocopherol, lactobacillus ferment, phenoxyethanol, fragrance


Aloe vera: Aloe vera has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, hydrating, and antioxidant activity with regards to skin. In this formula, it is present as both a moisturizing agent and an anti-inflammatory active.

Glycolic Acid: Water-soluble alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) chemical exfoliant.
Hydroxyethyl acrylate / sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer: This ingredient is the gelling agent for the serum. It is a Hydro-Swelling Droplet (HSD) form of emulsifier, and is used for cold emulsions, in which no ingredients are heated during the formulation of the product.

Rosehip oil: Rosehip seed oil has loads of antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids, so it is very anti-inflammatory. In this formula, it is present as an emollient and anti-inflammatory active.

Camellia seed oil: Camellia seed oil is a fast-absorbing oil with antioxidant activity. It is present in this formula as an emollient.

Cucumber Extract: Anti-inflammatory extract that hydrates, softens, and cools skin.

Ceramide NP (and) ceramide AP (and) ceramide EOP (and) phytosphingosine (and) cholesterol (and) sodium lauroyl lactylate: Complex of ceramides that work together to restore barrier function and moisturize skin

Comfrey Extract: Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredient.

Tocopherol: Tocopherol is Vitamin E, and acts as a preservative in this formula, preventing the oxidation of the oils in the product and increasing the shelf life.

Lactobacillus ferment: This ingredient is a preservative, and is responsible for preventing the growth of bacteria, mold, fungus, yeast, etc.

Phenoxyethanol: This ingredient is a preservative, and is responsible for preventing the growth of bacteria, mold, fungus, yeast, etc.

Fragrance: This is the scent that is added to the product. Fragrance oil manufacturers are not required by law to disclose what compounds are in their fragrance oils. However, some will tell you what is NOT in their fragrance oils, and I base my fragrance oil purchases on this information. I make sure my fragrance oils are free of phthalates and known carcinogens. Because fragrance may be a source of irritation in a product formula, I offer all my products fragrance free as well as scented.

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2 oz, 4 oz


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