Achieving flawless skin is the ultimate goal for women of all ages. Walk through your local drugstore, turn on the television or flip open a magazine and you will find an overwhelming amount of skin care products that claim they can help you attain the ever so elusive flawless complexion that you dream of. Sure, there are plenty of great foundations, concealers, BB creams, pressed powders, etc that can “fake” flawless skin, but if you’re like me, you want to wake up with perfect skin, not create the illusion of it. Part of feeling naturally beautiful is looking it, so it’s no wonder we all want to have perfectly glowing skin without piling on the makeup.
Having spent most of my life battling acne and the subsequent acne scars, waking up with flawless skin has been but a daydream. I have always worn make up to cover up some sort of imperfections it seems. Over the last few years I have tried products to help fade scars faster but nothing that worked quickly enough for me to keep using them for long. This spring, I had enough with battling acne scars (and acne for that matter) and decided to graduate to the big guns: Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs).
AHAs are a class of naturally occuring acids that penetrate the skin to correct all sorts of issues: aging, acne, dullness, dry skin, elasticity, scars, imperfections. Truly, AHAs are one of the best ways to cure a multitude of problems because they remove the first layer of your skin as well as firm and thicken the skin. Because they remove this first layer of skin, they expose new skin underneath that is usually brighter, smoother and has less imperfections.
My experience with using AHAs was limited, so off to Sephora I went with my fella in tow (as he happens to have done a lot of research on skin care products after a some bad experiences with less than helpfull products). Truthfully, he was more helpful than the Sephora employee helping us! The biggest lesson I learned from him that day: if a label claims an ingredient will help you achieve your desired result, it needs to be one of the first few ingredients on the label. A great lesson, especially for a product junkie like myself. We looked at a few products that day, but found even some of the best-selling products that had fantastic reviews had key ingredients they claimed would help one’s skin way, way down the list of ingredients. I settled on a product by Bliss that contained glycolic acid, a popular AHA, as one of its first ingredients.
Once I got home with a box of Bliss That’s Incredi-‘Peel’! Spa-Strength Glycolic Resurfacing Pads, I was a bit apprehensive to try them. I pictured peeling, red, angry skin – not the path to flawless skin that I dreamed of. I could not have been more wrong.
With the active ingredient of glycolic acid (an AHA), I noticed my acne scars fading quicker than any other product I used before, with zero redness or irritation. I applied the easy to use pads on my skin every second day to start, but now using it every day, I still have no irritation. The only thing I noticed was the effect of peeling skin, which with a wet face cloth was easily remedied. Another effect of using bliss that’s incredi-‘peel’! was that my skin was less oily and my pores smaller, thus I had less acne and resulting scars. I use less makeup – most days a bit of concealer and pressed powder will do the trick.
Waking up with skin that feels glowing and flawless is probably one of the best things about using Bliss That’s Incredi-‘Peel’! Spa-Strength Glycolic Resurfacing Pads. This product is a great dip into the AHA skin care pool or even for a veteran of using AHAs.