Sanitas’ Glycolic Citrus Cleanser always gets rave reviews. In fact, it is one of our most popular cleansers. Here’s why we love it:
It’s an active cleanser, meaning that it exfoliates and stimulates your skin as it cleans. The main exfoliating ingredient is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid (sometimes referred to as fruit acid) is part of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family. AHAs are naturally found in sugar cane, citrus fruits and beets. The glycolic acid in this cleanser is from sugar cane and is considered a biogenic ingredient because it mimics a vital ingredient or nutrient naturally found in the human body. AHAs are located in almost every area of the body. For example, lactic acid (also an AHA) is what makes muscles “burn” when you work them out.
Glycolic acid is a great skin exfoliant because it lowers the pH of the skin slightly, which allows the molecules to absorb easily and stimulate skin renewal. On the surface, the acid dissolves the intracellular glue between “dead” or old, flattened skin cells encouraging them to slough off and reveal fresh new healthy skin underneath. This sloughing sends a message to the dermis to produce new cells – thus stimulating cellular turnover.
All AHAs, glycolic acid included, also attract moisture into the skin. This combination of exfoliation and moisture retention softens and brightens the skin, making it a wonderful choice for dry, mature, sun damaged and hyper pigmented conditions. Sanitas Skin Care blends their glycolic acid with citrus essential oils, which help to remove excess oils, make-up and debris from the surface and pores of the skin.
But wait, there’s more!
Sanitas Glycolic Citrus Cleanser also contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid and NaPCA to further hydrate and plump skin, as well as an ingredient called Arabinogalactan which boosts the skin’s “immunity” and softens superficial lines and wrinkles. This ingredient is in the protoglycan family and is found in between the cells of most plants and plays a role in cell-to-cell communication. Interesting, right? Who comes up with this stuff? Oh, yeah…biologists and bio chemists. Thank goodness for them, and thank goodness for Glycolic Citrus Cleanser.