A Homemade Glycolic Acid Facial Wash

A homemade glycolic acid facial wash works slowly and steadily to help prevent signs of aging.

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Slow and steady wins the race -- especially when it comes to anti-aging skin care. You want to keep that beautiful face of yours youthful and exuberant. So, keeping wrinkles and fine lines away should be a concern even in your 20s. It's never too early or too late to start protecting your skin with a homemade glycolic acid-containing facial wash.

Exfoliate Away Fine Lines

Skin care would be much easier if there were a magic eraser that could instantly take away fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, there is no such product. Glycolic acid does diminish wrinkles over time, though. It gently exfoliates your skin to make it smoother and make fine lines less noticeable. Glycolic acid is present naturally in sugar from both sugar cane and sugar beets. Adding sugar to a homemade facial wash gives you double exfoliation, from the texture of the sugar and the glycolic acid. Wash gently so you don't irritate your skin.

Break Down Dirt and Oil

Another great reason to make a homemade glycolic acid facial wash is that it helps clear away the dirt, oil and grime that can clog your pores. Blocked pores can lead to acne. So, while you're preventing wrinkles, demolish acne-inducing dirt as well. If you have dry skin, you may want to add a moisturizing ingredient such as honey to your homemade facial wash. While you do want to remove dirt, you don't want to over-dry your skin.

Reveal Radiant Skin

The dead-skin-cell-removing, dirt-obliterating, wrinkle-fighting powers of the glycolic acid in your homemade facial wash can help you achieve positively gleaming skin. While a homemade glycolic acid facial wash isn't as potent as a store-bought one, it gradually reveals younger-looking skin with consistent, daily use. In several weeks, you should see a healthier glow than before you started using the facial wash.

Caution on Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you're probably concerned that glycolic acid may be too harsh for you. Because of its acidic, exfoliating properties, it can cause irritation and dryness. An alternative, alpha hydroxy acid for your skin is malic acid. It's found in apples and pears, and is a much gentler, natural fruit acid. To get the benefits of malic acid, simply rub an apple or pear slice over your face and rinse with your favorite homemade facial wash for sensitive skin.

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