Could the secret to smooth, silky skin be glycolic acid? We find out...

Whatever your skin type or tone, glycolic acid is your new BFF to get your body glowing

We’ve all heard about acids and the benefits of a good glycolic for skin radiance, but did you know there’s now a real buzz about using this AHA all over your body?

Glycolic: great for skin renewal

Glycolic acid for your body is fast becoming an essential daily at-home exfoliation step for skincare geeks, rather than just for the occasional spa body peel as its such a gentle chemical exfoliant.


As we can often get a build up of dead skin on our bodies (our limbs and back don't get as much exposure as our hands and face), a daily low level chemical exfoliant can work keeping skin healthy and smooth. It’s also a great to keep bacne and other spot prone areas in check as it helps both fight and prevent acne, plus it excels at sloughing away flaky patches.

Glycolic: great for for keratosis pilaris 

You may not have heard the term, but KP is when the follicles of your skin (usually outer arms and thighs) overproduce keratin, so get clogged easily and don’t naturally exfoliate. Its most common on pale olive skin, but can affect any skin tone. 


This doesn’t mean you should grab the nearest loofah, in fact harsh exfoliation can actually make the bumps worse. Instead, look for gentle exfoliating products with glycolic designed to treat KP.

Glycolic: great for tan prep

When you need to prep your skin for self-tan glycolic should be your go-to.


The perfect tan starts with the perfect canvas, and glycolic acid gives you the optimum level of exfoliation meaning a longer-lasting flawless golden glow, says tanning expert Amanda Harrington.


This is why I included it in my tan-compatible skincare range; as using it once or twice a week means it works alongside DHA, whilst keeping your skin plump, hydrated and glowing.



“If you want a flawless finish then you need to try EX1 Cosmetics. I use it on all my clients and always have a bottle in my personal make-up too. It looks so good on camera, doesn’t give any flashback, and gives skin a golden glow.”


“I have olive skin so I really wanted to try EX1 Cosmetics, as I had no idea what shade I would be. I tried the match me tool, thinking it was a bit of a gimmick, but it got my shade spot on. For someone will yellow or green undertones these products are amazing!”


“Before I used EX1 Cosmetics I tried EVERY premium foundation on the market. Some were ok, but most left me feeling disappointed and underwhelmed. I didn’t have much hope for a foundation costing £12.50, but I was SO wrong. The medium coverage looks like your skin but better and it doesn’t oxidise.”


“I’ve always been told I have warm or medium skin tone, but every foundation I ever tried was either too pink or too orange. After trying the skin classification tool and realising I have warm skin with green undertones – everything makes sense! Now, I look for make-up aimed at olive skin – like EX1 Cosmetics – and I have never looked back!”


“I used to mix at least two different foundations to create the right shade for my skin – until I found EX1 Cosmetics. The shade match is spot on and the formula blends perfectly into my skin. I love it.”


“I had seen that loads of celebrities using EX1 Cosmetics Foundation and I was intrigued to see if it lived up to the hyp e. It blew me away. The formula feels so premium for £12.50. I recommend it to everyone.