Regular readers will know that I'm a bit of a skincare junkie and I don't mind investing in skincare products. You will also know that I am a fan of Sarah Chapman skincare products - the Intense Hydrating Booster is one of my favourite ever serums, so when I saw that she had an acid exfoliator in her range, I decided to try it. I have been using Sarah Chapman Skinesis Liquid Facial Resurfacer for around 5 weeks now and want to share my thoughts with you today, but as you can tell from the title of this post, it won't be a rave!
I usually use Pixi Glow Tonic on a daily basis, which contains Glycolic Acid but I don't find it to be harsh on my sensitive skin. I also use Liquid Gold, again containing Glycolic Acid, and this also agrees with my skin. I find that those two products help my skin to look bright, radiant and feel soft and smooth. When I looked at the ingredient list of Liquid Facial Resurfacer, Lactic Acid was one of the main ingredients. Both Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid are Alpha Hydroxy Acids and the former is usually more suited to sensitive skin, so you can see why I didn't think I would have a problem.
The product is described as a complexion corrector, which "micro-exfoliates and hydrates to ensure your skin looks visibly rejuvenated, pores appear smaller, skin tone more even and lines smoother" - you can see why I wanted to buy it!
When I first opened it, I liked the push down pump under the lid and thought it would be really convenient but this is the first disappointing aspect of this product. No matter what way I used it, there was a huge excess of the actual product that would spill down under the pump or down the bottle or even into the sink! This is a total design flaw and leads to a lot of waste, which is very disappointing given that it's a pricey product (£36/€47), so I don't want to waste any of it!
The product itself is blue in colour and has quite a strong scent - similar to mosquito repellent. To be honest, I don't mind if a product doesn't smell great as long as it does its job, but this doesn't live up to its claims. It has an almost gel like texture - much heavier than any other chemical exfoliant I have tried. It claims to give, instant visible results with brighter, more radiant skin and refined pores but the only result visible to me was that my skin was very red. It wasn't burning or sore but I don't get that reaction with any other acids I use. My pores definitely didn't look refined and my skin wasn't hydrated.
To be honest, there aren't many skincare products that will wow me from first use, so I decided to continue using it daily instead of Pixi Glow Tonic and assess the results after a few weeks to give it a fair shot. Five weeks later and I cannot see any changes in my skin - or should I say, improvements. I have noticed some congestion on my chin and a little on my nose, which Glow Tonic usually keeps at bay and I haven't noticed any diminishing of fines lines or refining of pores. Also, my skin is still red every time I use it. Like I said earlier, Lactic Acid is usually gentler on skin than Glycolic Acid so I am surprised by this. I haven't changed anything else in my skincare routine so can only attribute the redness to this product.
Overall, I am very disappointed by Sarah Chapman Liquid Facial Resurfacer. I think that maybe I should have bought the Overnight Exfoliating Booster instead, but am quite hesitant to do so now because it's more expensive and I'd prefer to try a sample first. I love everything else I have tried so far from the brand but I guess there will always be a dud in every line and this is it for me. I'm unsure what I will do with it - I might see if my Mam would like to try it and see if she gets better results & report back to you if she does!
I'd love to know if you have tried this product or what your favourite acid product is? Have any products disappointed you recently? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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