With ongoing use, it boosts the skin’s own collagen production, smooths fine lines, fades hyperpigmentation and boosts the effectiveness of treatments and moisturizers used afterwards.
We combined the AHAs with Nopal Cactus Extract that’s designed to reduce potential neurosensory irritation caused by higher amounts of alpha hydroxy acids and we also added extra humectants to boost the water-binding ability of lactic and glycolic acid.
Who is it for?
how to use it?
It’s an ideal first step after cleansing your skin. Use it as a toner, either with a cotton pad or pour it into your hands and pat it on as men do with after-shave. Avoid using around the eye area!
You can use Smooth Out from once a week to once a day depending on your skin’s level of tolerance. You might experience some light tingling after application, which is normal and will go away soon. You can reduce the tingling sensation, if you apply the product to completely dry skin. Do not use other exfoliants or scrubs at the same time as Smooth Out.
IMPORTANT: AHA acids make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Use a good SPF in the morning!
Shelf life: 2 years from production (unopened), 8 months PAO (period after opening)
Ingredients & Research
Glycolic acid – The most proven and most researched AHA that not only gently exfoliates the surface of the skin, but also boosts the skin’s own collagen production and fades brown spots.
Lactic acid – The second most researched AHA that is not only a gentle, but effective exfoliating acid, but is also a fantastic humectant.
Nopal cactus + yeast extract – A unique combination of cactus and yeast extracts containing low molecular weight peptides, carbohydrates and bound minerals designed to reduce neurosensory irritation caused by the application of high amounts of AHAs.
Galactoarabinan – A natural polysaccharide extracted from the larch tree that reduces Trans-epidermal Water Loss as well as increasing the efficacy of skin exfoliants.
Panthenol – A classic skincare ingredient that is a reliable soothing, moisturising and skin-protecting agent.
Xylitylglucoside + Anhydroxylitol + Xylitol – A sugar based humectant trio that increases the skin’s water-binding capacity and strengthens the skin’s barrier.
Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer – A new generation, cross-linked hyaluronic acid whose water binding ability is several times greater than the already amazing water-binding ability of hyaluronic acid which helps keep the skin nicely moisturized.
full inci list:
Water/Aqua, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Galactoarabinan, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Opuntia Ficus‐Indica (Prickly Pear) Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Pentylene Glycol, Glucose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol
Kim, Seong‐Jin, and Young‐Ho Won. “The effect of glycolic acid on cultured human skin fibroblasts: cell proliferative effect and increased collagen synthesis.” The Journal of dermatology 25.2 (1998): 85-89.
Leslie Baumann, MD, Cosmetic Dermatology, 2nd edition, Glycolic acid, 149o
Babilas, Philipp, Ulrich Knie, and Christoph Abels. “Cosmetic and dermatologic use of alpha hydroxy acids.” JDDG: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft 10.7 (2012): 488-491.
Ramos-e-Silva, Marcia, et al. “Hydroxy acids and retinoids in cosmetics.” Clinics in dermatology 19.4 (2001): 460-466.
It is better than I expected. It’s not at all irritating and keeps my skin glowing
I have been using the thing for little less than a month (about 3 times a week, along with A-Game 10 on the same nights, against the Gorgeous Geeks' recommendations :)). For reference, I do not have particularly sensitive skin, though it's not shoe leather either; glycolic acid generally sensitizes me somewhat, and I have never before been able to use it in the same routine as a retinol/al.
With this one, I have been having no real issues. The first couple of weeks it felt like water, third week I had a sliiiiight sensitivity around my nose, that's it. With responsible use (don't use along with retinols) I believe even sensitively skinned people will be absolutely fine. My skin has been glowing beautifully, it is smoother and softer, and I believe that's the exfoliant's work :)
It is somewhat pricey in comparison with other brands' glycolic acid products, but for whomever the price is not a big issue, I would 100% recommend this. Similar results, absolutely less (to no) irritation.
I've repurchased this exfoliant several times now; it's highly effective but minimally irritating (I make sure to follow up with something really soothing and moisturising like Hydration Station afterwards. The next day my skin always looks beautifully smooth and even. Highly recommended.
This stuff is IT! I have only been using it a few times a week, for a few weeks, but it is powerful and effective! I do have sensitive skin, so it tingles a bit immediately after applying but it settles down quickly. I also have some issues with acne on my chest and since I have started using it on my chest, I have not had ANY new acne form and the blemishes I had healed nicely. Seriously great product!!
Gives my face a healthy glow the next morning, using it along with my retinoids. This is a keeper, will forever be purchasing this. Thank you GEEK and GORGEOUS.