I wouldn’t call 6% glycolic acid “extreme”.
My skin’s used to higher doses. But Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow Extreme 6% is the strongest glycolic acid exfoliant the brand makes.
If you’re a teen or young adult – Nip + Fab’s target audience – and your skin’s still behaving as it should, 6% is an extreme dose for you. Baby steps, ladies. Start small and increase your glycolic acid fix when YOU need it, not when Cosmo tells you to.
Key Ingredients In Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow Extreme 6%
Glycolic Acid To Exfoliate Skin
Glycolic acid is the star of the show here. It’s the smallest member of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) family, a group of acids that exfoliates skin by dissolving the glue that holds skin cells together.
Once the old, superficial layer of damaged cells is off your face, your complexion is brighter and softer. The texture of your skin looks smoother and more even-toned, too.
That’s not all. Glycolic acid is a moisture magnet that attracts water into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated. It boosts collagen production, too – but at higher concentrations. *sighs*
Its small size means glycolic acid can penetrate skin deeper than other acids. That means it works better… but is more irritating. If you have sensitive skin, this is NOT for you.
Sensitive skin fares better with lactic acid. That just happens to be in Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow Extreme 6%, but at much lower dose. It’s more hydrating than exfoliating here.
Salicylic Acid To Unclog Pores
Salicylic acid is the only member of the Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) family used in skincare. Like AHAs, BHA dissolves the glue that holds skin cells together so they can slough off and reveal the brighter and smoother skin underneath.
Unlike AHAs, salicylic acid is oil-soluble. This means it can get past the skin’s lipid layer and get inside the pores. Once there, it removes all the crap that’s clogging them up and giving you blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.
The catch? I don’t think there’s enough salicylic acid in Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow Extreme 6% to exfoliate pores and fight acne. 🙁
Niacinamide To Moisturize Skin
Niacinamide is another ingredient that’s not present in a massive amount in Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow Extreme 6%. But hey, I’d rather get a little niacinamide than none at all. This form of vitamin B3 is a multi-tasker:
- It hydrates skin: it’s more effective than petrolatum at preventing water loss
- It soothes skin: it alleviates the symptoms of rosacea and irritations
- It lightens skin: it reduces dark spots, blotchiness (redness) and sallowness (yellowing)
- It helps treat wrinkles: preliminary research shows it can boost the production of skin-firming collagen
- It treats acne: its effects are similar to those of 1% clindamycin gel
No matter what you’re dealing with, a little niacinamide can only help.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow Extreme 6% has a liquidy, runny texture that doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind. You need to apply it with a cotton pad all over your face.
If you’re new to glycolic acid or have sensitive skin, you may experience a little tingling. I didn’t – my skin is used to it.
I apply it straight after cleasning 3 nights a week, but if you’re a teen once or twice is more than enough. Your skin is doing most of the exfoliation on its own, so it doesn’t need much of a helping hand.
After the first use, my skin already looked a little brighter. Dewy glow aside, the toner also smooths out the texture of my skin and makes it softer to the touch.
Instead, it didn’t help me that much with blackheads. They tend to spring up on my nose if I’m not careful. This toner didn’t send them packing, but it didn’t make things worse either. I can’t say I’m surprised. You need a higher dose of salicylic acid to deal with any type of acne.
The only thing I could do without is the scent. It smells citrusy and summery but fragrances increase the risk of irritation. If that’s not a dealbreaker for you, go for it.
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Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Niacinamide, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Panthenol, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Linalool.
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