Lucy Quick is a travel writer, mother to Nina and Editor at The Ned, the hotel and members' club in the City of London from Soho House. We asked her to try SkinCeuticals' latest release and share her findings...
'Is there anyone better to test a new SkinCeuticals product that a Knackered Cow - sorry, I mean, knackered mum? I think not. So, when Phoebe, Cowshed’s editor, asked me to road test SkinCeuticals' new Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight I practically bit her hand off.
I’m all for natural and organic products, but when it comes to my face, months of broken sleep (thanks to my teething toddler) have left me in need of some definite tightening and brightening, which is exactly what this promises to do. The main ingredients are 10% Glycolic Free Acid and 2% Phytic acid, which are designed to improve texture, radiance and overall glow. Just to flag from the outset – some sensitive types might need time to get used to the (wonderful) glycolic acid, so use this every other night for a week while your skin adjusts, after which you can slap it on daily.
My skin, on the other hand, was hardy enough to withstand use every night from the outset, so I slapped on a pea-sized amount over my face, jawline and neck before getting into bed. As soon as you apply the lightweight cream, there’s a strong tingling sensation, which I am reliably informed is my dead skin being sluiced off. This quickly fades and surprisingly the process doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry at all, probably thanks to the heady mix of botanicals and oils also in the cream.
I’ve been using this for over a week now and the skin on my face, especially around my lower cheek area feels tighter. The eye bags are still there, but my face is brighter and has a more even tone in general. The tingling still occurs on every use, but this just reassures me that the cream is still doing something every night, rather than being a one hit wonder. It’s definitely going to become a new staple in this mum’s beauty bag.'