An exfoliating formula combining a unique cocktail of AHA’s (Mandelic, Lactic, Glycolic, Malic and Citric), BHA (Salicylic Acid) and PHA (Gluconolactone) to gently dissolve the bonds binding dull, dead cells to skin’s surface. The toner-like fluid stimulates cellular renewal to improve the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, discolouration and the appearance of enlarged pores. Green Tea and Licorice Root help brighten, whilst White Tea, Mushroom and Gotu Kola soothe and calm the skin, revealing a luminous, refined complexion.
"I have always struggled in finding an AHA-based product that I could use on a consistent basis without experiencing irritation and sensitivity. The Gentle Resurfacing Liquid is my answer to that. It was important during the formulation process to create an exfoliant that would respect the skin's barrier but prove efficacious with the results. By combining gentle hydroxy acids with a blend of soothing extracts, any potential irritation is offset and cell turnover is stimulated without sensitising the skin." - Natalie Smyth. co-founder.
8.2% blend of AHA, BHA, and PHA’s.
Suitable for all skin types and skin tones. Particularly suitable for sensitive skins.
2-3 times a week (or as often as desired), after cleansing, soak a cotton pad and press into the skin in upward motions, over the entire face. Do not rinse. In the AM, always follow up with sunscreen.
Water, Mandelic Acid, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root (Licorice Root) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Propanediol, Propylene Glycol, Gluconolactone, Malic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Centella Asiatica Leaf (Gotu Kola) Extract, Citric Acid, Aesculus Hippocastanum Leaf (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Calcium Gluconate, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate.
AHA Blend (Mandelic, Lactic, Glycolic, Malic and Citric Acids): A proprietary blend of different molecular-weight Alpha Hydroxy Acid’s (AHA) to exfoliate dull, dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter and more even complexion.
Gluconolactone: A Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) that offers similar benefits to alpha hydroxy acids, without the potential sensitisation. PHA’s also act as a humectant, drawing moisture into the skin.
Salicylic Acid: A Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that is lipids-soluble and able to penetrate the pore lining and dissolve build-up within the pore to reduce blemishes or congestion.
Green + White Tea: Rich in polyphenols that possess potent anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, helping reduce free radical damage and signs of inflammation. Green Tea helps brighten and improve skin tone.
Licorice Root: A skin-brightening extract containing the antioxidant glabridin that has skin-soothing properties that reduce redness and neutralise free radicals.
Mushroom: A polysaccharide with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity that evens out skin tone and binds 500 times its weight in water to significantly hydrate the skin.
Gotu Kola: Otherwise known as Centella Asiatica, a skin-soothing extract rich in amino acids that reduces redness.
Horse Chestnut: An anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative extract that generates and protects the skin’s hyaluronic acid production.
Ginkgo Biloba: An extract rich in flavonoids and polyphenols to reduce oxidative stress and soothe against environmental stressors.
Can I use this every day?
We carefully designed the Gentle Resurfacing Liquid with consideration on how people would use the product, be-it daily or in conjunction with other actives, such as retinoids. As such, this formula is purposefully gentle and can be used daily, if desired and if tolerated. If you are new to AHA’s, we would recommend starting 1-2 times a week and slowly build up.
Can this product cause purging/breakouts?
Yes, for some people who may be new to chemical exfoliation. Purging can happen when using active ingredients such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids (such as those in the Gentle Resurfacing Liquid) that accelerate cell turnover rate, causing under-the-surface pimples to come to a head. Some people purge and others don’t - however purging should only last a few weeks (it should not last months!) and it should follow a trend of where you usually break out. Although this stage can be very disheartening, particularly for those that have acneic skin, the results at the end are worth it - we promise!
Can I use this product with Tretinoin or with other retinoids?
Yes, however we recommend to not use more than one active in a singular routine and instead alternate between them on different days. For that purpose, the Gentle Resurfacing Liquid is a great option to alternate with Vitamin A products due to its gentle nature. We would recommend taking careful observation of your skin when introducing more than one active ingredient into your routine to ensure you are not over-stimulating the skin. With higher strength retinoids, we recommend limiting the Gentle Resurfacing Liquid to 1-2 times a week.
Is the Gentle Resurfacing Liquid safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
The Gentle Resurfacing Liquid is considered low to no risk for those that are pregnant or breastfeeding. The exfoliant contains 0.5% Salicylic Acid, which is considered a safe concentration in skincare products. The general consensus is to avoid products with a higher percentage of BHA (above 2%) when pregnant or breastfeeding, such as those seen in professional peels. However, we always recommend that you consult your physician/healthcare provider before using the product, who can provide you the best advice.