I know some people with oily and acne-prone skin who stay away from moisturizer. Reason being, “moisturizer is oil and it just makes the skin more greasy”. Well dahlings, let’s unkink the misconception, shall we?

Moisture is all about water.  The main job of a moisturizer is to seal water so the skin remains hydrated. A well hydrated skin makes it glow and look supple. But see not all skin are created equal. Mine had been cruel and unfair for years. If there’s one thing to love with this grease ball face, that would be delayed wrinkles. That.is.all. 

Having said that, it is mighty important to use a product which is specially catered to our needs. I had the opportunity to try Reviva Labs’s daytime moisturizer for oily skin, Glycolic Acid Daytime Light Cream Moisturizer.

So what’s special about glycolic acid then? {wears my serious hat}. It’s a form of AHA or alpha hydroxy acid which is a good exfoliant. Meaning, it helps shed dead skin cells. For acne sufferers, it dissolves oil and unclogs pores to keep blemishes at bay.

$25, 1.5oz/ 42g

 Ingredients: cross-linked fatty acids from sunflower and safflower seeds, aloe cellulose, mineral water, glycolic acid polymer, lemon extract, witch hazel.

My face isn’t new to AHA or glycolic acid so my experience is entirely different from a first time user. Glycolic may sting (I have another review on the way, it’s a mask) but surprisingly, I didn’t have any of that sensation with this moisturizer. So I use this in the morning, right after I tone and before I apply sunscreen/primer; it’s lightweight and gets absorbed onto the skin fast. One tiny swipe from the jar is enough for my face.

The highs: cruelty-free, all-natural, paraben-free. Witch hazel is a good skin mattifier, I wrote a rather entertaining post about it here.

The lows: If you’re anything like me who’s not into open jars (for sanitary reasons), this might turn you off. The citrus scent is a ‘lil too strong for me too.

Marketed for daytime, can you use it night time? Why not, your skin needs to be moisturized 24/7. #enoughsaid

Where to buy? Reviva Labs, Ulta, most health food stores worldwide.

Have you incorporated glycolic acid in your skincare regimen?


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