The NEOSTRATA Resurface line claims to harnesses the power of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to smooth and refine the skin’s surface through daily exfoliation. Neostrata employs a Smart Amphoteric Complex gradual release delivery system to help maximise skin tolerability while using high concentrations of AHAs.
The Foaming Glycolic Wash is formulated with 18% Glycolic Acid and 2% Lactobionic Acid to exfoliate and cleanse congested pores as well as prepare the skin for optimal benefits of the regimen that follows.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycolic Acid, PEG-8, Alcohol Denat., Arginine, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Lactobionic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Limonene.
This cleanser isn’t formulated for the sensitive. It has a potent hit of Glycolic Acid (18%) and Alcohol Denat (4th) plus Grapefruit Peel Oil and Limonene. It also contains significant Alcohol Denat (4th on INCI) plus Grapefruit Peel Oil and Limonene. I didn’t have problems using it but certainly felt the tingle. There’s also Ammonium Hydroxide for pH balance plus Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate for cleansing and foam respectively. Arginine, Glycerin and Propylene Glycol work to bring moisture back and Lactobionic Acid (2%) contributes gentle exfoliation and humectant properties.
The foam is super light. I apply it as my 2nd step in a double cleanse. I’ve often felt stinging upon contact, although nothing uncomfortable. As such, I don’t use this on my eyes, try to avoid my lips and wouldn’t use it on broken skin. It rinses well to reveal a clean, fresh face.
I’m not overly concerned about the alcohol in a wash off product however, I still found this to be slightly drying, my skin left wanting that first layer of hydration. I don’t use any other exfoliants when cleansing with this and due to its potency, only apply once a day not twice as directions suggest.
This definitely helps to prepare skin for the steps that follow. It also freshens the complexion with its light exfoliation. However, I didn’t actually enjoy using it. I haven’t used many acid washes and those that I have used have had the same mediocre impact. I think I just prefer exfoliation in toners and treatments not cleansers. BUT this a good cleanser, particularly for oilier skin types whose pores need more attention and also an alternative for those not comfortable with acids, providing the benefits of exfoliation while being on the skin for only a short time.
The Glycolic Renewal Serum combines 10% Glycolic Acid, 2% Lactobionic Acid and antioxidants in a formula designed to renew the appearance of skin’s texture.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Glycolic Acid, Glycereth-7 Trimethyl Ether, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Lactobionic Acid, Arginine, Xanthan Gum, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Sodium Bisulfite, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol.
This serum comprises a strong concentration of the hero ingredients, 10% Glycolic Acid (AHA) and 2% Lactobionic Acid (PHA). A short formula additionally incorporates hydrators Glycerin, Arginine and Caprylyl Glycol while Hibiscus flower extract and EGCG (a constituent of green tea) boost antioxidant content. There’s also artificial Fragrance plus fragrance components including Linalool and Geraniol that are all potentially sensitizing.
Ten out of ten for the packaging of this serum which comes in a sturdy, opaque glass bottle with pump dispenser. The serum itself is gel-like and exhibits excellent glide on the skin surface. It dries down in a few minutes to eliminate an initial tackiness. The scent is quite negligible.
Although it has a strong hit of AHA/PHA, it didn’t tingle, in fact, I felt no sensation at all upon application. However, it did sting a little when applied over a slightly irritated spot so probably shouldn’t be used on broken or inflamed skin. I used this once a day after toner/essence and before cream. Even that frequency is a bit high given this product exfoliates the skin each time it’s applied.
It merged well into my pm routine. In terms of results, I didn’t really see much improvement in the appearance of my pores but the texture of my skin was smoother and I did notice a slight brightening effect. This is a product that would probably suit all but sensitive skin types although I would adjust the frequency of use according to your individual needs.
The Lotion Plus is a high strength yet lightweight lotion formulated with 15% Glycolic Acid to reduce the visible signs of ageing.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycolic Acid (15%), Propylene Glycol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Isostearic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA.
A relatively brief ingredient list is lead by the hero of this line, 15% Glycolic Acid, an AHA that helps shed dead cells for softer skin while also helping to ease the signs of aging. Other notables include fatty acids and glycols for softening and hydration. Good amounts of Dimethicone and Petrolatum create a noticeable barrier on the surface to prevent TEWL.
The texture is unusual. It’s thick, stretchy and gooey without being runny. Although there’s no added fragrance, it has a light medicinal smell which isn’t offensive and doesn’t linger. Since I was simultaneously using the serum and cleanser from this potent glycolic line, the 200ml tube encouraged me to apply this to the body, in particular, dry elbows, heals and hands.
It definitely gave my skin an instant youthful, dewy look and smoother texture but at the expense of a not-so-comfortable residue, at least initially. The tackiness is unpleasant and probably the main drawback of this product. It remains for several minutes (a lot longer if you apply too much), leaving a definite film behind on dry down to prevent water loss. The first time I used it as a body lotion, I applied the usual amount I would for such a product, and found my legs sticking together throughout the night due to the tackiness created. Not a nice sensation.
I think this would really suit dry/dehydrated skin types as well as offer general anti-aging benefits. Although additionally recommended for oilier complexions, I wonder whether it’s highly occlusive nature might promote or aggravate breakouts?
In summary, the results are good – it does smooth and soften my skin. But, the application isn’t elegant so I’m not sure it’s something I’d want on my face, but as a body cream, applied lightly, it’s good!
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These products were provided to me free of charge by Influenster in exchange for my reviews. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of these products and is in no way influenced by Influenster, Neostrata or any of their representatives.