ISNTREE CLEAR SKIN
8% AHA ESSENCE REVIEW
JULES C on JULY 18, 2019
Bright, glowing skin is something we see everywhere – in ads, on tv and movies, and all over Instagram. However, getting that healthy glow takes work. Skin needs to be exfoliated and hydrated in order to get that glow. I had been experiencing dull skin lately, so I turned to a classic skin brightening ingredient – Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA.
Isntree Clear Skin 8% AHA Essence 100ml
Isntree’s AHA is a combination of 4% glycolic acid and 4% lactic acid. Both work to exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin cells. Glycolic acid has a small molecular size meaning it can penetrate deeply and quickly. Lactic acid is more gentle due to its larger molecular size. This AHA formula also has several soothing ingredients included as well. The full list of ingredients is:
Water, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Asiaticoside, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract,Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Allantoin, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract
Isntree’s product description states that the pH is around 4.5. I double-checked this claim with some home pH strips and found the claim to be accurate. 4.5 is a little high for an AHA – AHAs with a pH lower than 4 are generally most effective – but this doesn’t mean it won’t work! It just may not be as effective as a product with a lower pH. However, it may be better if your skin is sensitive to acids.
The packaging is a plastic bottle with a fuss-free pump. The product itself is a somewhat viscous liquid – I used it on both cotton and reusable pads with no issue. After application, I didn’t feel any harsh stinging or tingling (if you feel a not so great sensation after applying an exfoliant, your skin’s moisture barrier may be damaged.
After use, my skin was :
- Noticeably smoother – I know you’re not supposed to touch your face, but the skin definitely felt nice and smooth!
- Brighter – the morning after use, my skin was less dull.
- Not irritated – even using every other day with a regimen of other exfoliants, my skin did not react negatively. (Please keep in mind that I have resilient skin, yours may have different needs!)
I’m really happy with this! I’m able to use it 2-3 times a week with noticeable results. My skin is bright and glowing – I couldn’t ask for more!