Alpha Hydrox 10% AHA Lotion used to be a staple of mine, but I discontinued use because it felt greasy and gross to me. Time passed and I experimented with skincare, and I found that my skin likes a mix of physical and chemical exfoliation. During our break, Alpha Hydrox rebanded to Alpha Skin; new logos and packaging, new (higher) price tags. Little did I know, they sold the gel I now use, Alpha Skin Essential Renewal Gel 10% AHA, before. If I only knew!
Retailing at $15 for 1.7 fl oz, the Alpha Skin Essential Renewal Gel 10% AHA is a thin, clear gel that housed in a short squeeze-tube. When I use the product, I apply a pencil-eraser-sized dollop to clean skin in circular motions with my fingertips. It isn’t remotely greasy – I give it two minutes to absorb, then apply 2-3 drops of argan oil. I apply before bed and have glowing, smooth skin in the morning.
I’ve talked about acid mantles and pH before when it comes to skincare. Alpha Skin Essential Renewal Gel 10% AHA is a pH of 4.0. That pH is where you to be when we’re talking about chemical exfoliation. This gel isn’t a super aggressive exfoliant – it shouldn’t irritate most skin types. It isn’t a crazy peel, but you should tread cautiously when combining with other chemical exfoliation products (like salicylic acid).
Likewise, you need to wear sunscreen when using chemical exfoliants. It’s never really optional, but it’s extra-important. Wear sunscreen!
The Bottom Line
I purchased a backup tube a few months ago and see myself using for the foreseeable future and would recommend it. Only people I’d caution from it are people with hyper-sensitive skin; otherwise, most skin types should be fine.
I was considering buying Ole Henriksen’s Invigorating Night Treatment, but for $48/oz, I decided that wasn’t worth it; this is working well, and I can’t easily uncover information like AHA concentration percentages and pH with the Ole product.