Whilst skincare comes in many forms, often with attractive packaging to lure us in, it’s really the ingredients we should be paying attention to. If you’re serious about improving the quality and appearance of your skin, then you’d do well to start incorporating some serious active ingredients into your daily routine, aka acids, but not just for your face. British beauty brand SBC has just launched a trio of body acids which are currently available exclusively at QVC UK and featuring as Today’s Special Value (TSV) for 24 hours only from today – 21st May 2020 at 9 pm.
If you’re a body acid newbie, or, you’d like to learn more, read on to find out about the acids infused into SBC’s new collection.
Skin acids are often misunderstood and generally whenever the word “acid” crops up, it instantly connotes fear. This lack of understanding (in most cases), means those who could really benefit may shy away. A typical example – when I recall mentioning to my husband that I was using acid on my skin, his face was an absolute picture as he visualised the horrific consequence of applying acid to one’s skin. Of course, a sheer lack of understanding had prompted his reaction, however, there really is no cause for concern.
Body acid specifics…
Hyaluronic acid: A long-term beauty buzz word and for good reason – hyaluronic acid attracts up to 1000 times its molecular weight in water, making it unbeatable at keeping skin cells plumptious, our eyes moist and connective tissues firm, to name but a few. Whilst hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in our body, production slows as the ageing process takes hold and that’s where applying it topically can help.
Salicylic acid: A Beta-Hydroxy acid (BHA) Derived from aspirin, it’s mainly used for exfoliation purposes and is also great for unclogging pores. Antibacterial properties make it great for clearing blemish-prone skin by reducing sebum production and literally drying out spots and acne.
Glycolic acid: is an Alpha-hydroxy (AHA) water-soluble acid and is the “holy grail” of skin exfoliators. It’s derived from sugar cane, sugar beet and certain fruits making it the strongest AHA due to its small molecular size which allows better skin penetration. It works to remove the outermost layers of skin, and in turn, improves luminosity by enhancing light-reflecting qualities. Glycolic acid is also the gold standard ingredient for banishing hyper-pigmentation, age spots and for stimulating collagen production deep within the skin.
I began using acids on my face a couple of years ago when the first signs of ageing were becoming all the more apparent, including fine lines and the demise of my chiselled jawline. However, among the more obvious signs we can expect from ageing, the quality, texture and tone of one’s skin also takes a nosedive with every passing year. As we age, our body becomes less efficient at many of the processes that help retain a “youthful appearance”. One of those being our skin’s natural exfoliation ability which becomes less effective and slows down. If you’re keen to hold back the years and keep your skin looking its best, it’ll need a little extra help along the way. Wave goodbye to those harsh, bead-laden scrubs we know of old and introduce gentle, yet effective products into a simple daily routine and you’ll not look back.
“I refuse to get on board with the “anti” ageing movement. However, I do believe with a little time and effort it’s possible to look and feel the best one can at every stage of life”.
Whilst I happily use acids facially without batting an eyelid (and love the results), I’d not really considered how incorporating specific body acids could improve my skin’s general appearance with the same positive result it has on my face. Who wouldn’t want brighter, smoother-looking skin – all over? More often than not, when we think of skincare, our body gets overlooked but we must remember that it’s not just our face that succumbs to the ageing process.
SBC is best known for its unique, affordable gel-based product range, however, there’s a new kid (or three), on the block. An exciting trio of gender-neutral acid-infused bath/body products brought to you by SBC’s own team of chemists and therapists who’ve joined forces to create a range of incredible, skin-transforming formulations.
What kind of result can we expect from body acids?
SBC claims using skin acids regularly on the body…
Revives the skin by targeting the surface in just three applications
Replenishes skin vibrancy by removing dead skin build-up
Renews skin to leave it looking and feeling soft, smooth and even-toned.
Restores a clear complexion on the body by targeting breakouts.
Rebalances hydration levels in skin.
Rehydrates the skin to minimise dehydration lines.
Reinvigorates dull skin to reveal healthy-looking radiance.
SBC’s QVC UK TSV comprises of…
Salicylic Body Wash –
Infused with a generous 20% blend of hyaluronic acid, glycerine and fruit AHA’s including papaya, apple, pineapple and sweet orange. This light-weight gel body wash (when used regularly) promises to break down and dissolve dead cells which can build up on our skin’s surface. Other benefits include increased hydration and given its exfoliation properties, expect super smooth skin with improved tone. However, don’t be put off by all this talk of anti-ageing if it’s not a concern for you right now – acids are perfect for those who want to clear their skin of acne, blemishes or breakouts and control sebum production in the skin.
With a striking turquoise colour, it really is the perfect spring/summer addition to the bathroom. On first use, I was surprised at just how soft and gentle it feels – the lather isn’t overpowering and feels velvety leaving the skin lightly fragranced and squeaky clean. I’m all for creating a sensory experience in my bathroom to liven up the mundane daily shower or bath and this one ticks all the boxes.
Glycolic Resurfacing Body Serum –
“Infused with a blend of fruit AHAs, Glycolic Acid, Squalane and Glycerin to help provide deep hydration while improving skin tone and texture with continued use” – SBC.
With glycolic acid’s well-known resurfacing qualities I couldn’t wait to add this moisturising serum to my daily routine. “Body serums” are unusual in that serums are more commonly reserved for face care and lesser-known for the body. However, with 5% glycolic its gentle exfoliating action leaves a radiant glow to the skin, so, what’s stopping you?
I’m someone who exfoliates my body regularly as I love having super smooth skin, but for those who aren’t quite so meticulous you may find some pilling or roll-off of your dead skin cell build-up when using this resurfacing serum – I imagine that to be very satisfying indeed.
I found the product non-sticky, cooling and absorbs well when applied as directed. I also use it on the backs of my hands in the evenings to hold back any age spots which may be creeping up to the surface.
Hyaluronic Gel Concentrate –
Designed to uplevel your skincare routine. Versatile, multi-use and serves not only as your daily moisturiser but also a primer and mask, plus, it’s suitable for use over the entire body. If you’re someone who uses electronic beauty tools requiring an ionised gel inductor then you can safely use this product for that purpose too.
SBC claims regular use…
Reduces fine lines as well as supplementing your skin’s lipid barrier to prevent moisture loss.
Restores moisture and hydration to dry, dehydrated and mature skin by reducing water evaporation.
Hydrates offering balanced, lightweight hydration, an ideal way to keep skin moisturised without clogging pores.
Retains hydration regular use helps retain hydration, while improving skin texture for softer, smoother skin with every use.
Targets dehydration lines and dull skin, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and even.
Moisturise formulated with Glycerin to work with the hyaluronic acid and lock in moisture.
Results – Your skin will be left looking plumper, firmer and smoother for a rejuvenated, youthful-looking appearance.
“I’ve been using SBC’s iconic gel formulas for years, possibly ten or more, and I’m always keen to see what’s new”.
I must admit, I can be a little lazy with my skincare routine and go through phases of being more rigorous. If I notice my skin’s condition starting to wane, I often reach for a good multi-taskers and I find the Hyaluronic Gel Concentrate so useful for an “all-over” application straight after my daily shower. It’s cooling to use and absorbs quickly into the skin without a sticky residue, just silky smooth and hydrated skin.
“Patience is key. As with any resurfacing formula, results can take two to four weeks to shine through and a final result can be seen around six to eight weeks”.
I’m always a little sceptical when new trying skincare, particularly those with many claims to live up to. However, the results have been positive with SBC’s body acids and there’s been some change to the general tone of my skin. As previously mentioned, I’m an age-old advocate of regular exfoliation, therefore I haven’t noticed a real change in smoothness or texture. Results may vary depending on your individual skin concerns.
Finally, the Fragrance –
When it comes to SBC, the fragrance always pleases, and each range has its own specific scent. This new three-piece set won’t disappoint with a fresh, neutral scent opening with a zesty blend of bergamot and lemon, layered with heady notes of jasmine and white tea accords. Your senses will then be filled by exciting middle notes of avocado, cardamom, nutmeg and ginger. Finally, base notes of Musk cedar and smoky birch leave a lingering scent on the skin – as aforementioned – you won’t be disappointed.
It’s also worth knowing that SBC is an eco-responsible company…
With minimal packaging to lessen its carbon footprint and all products are made to order in small batches to reduce waste.
SBC’s own chemists’ source and test the safest, most effective ingredients in over one hundred botanical blends.
All products are Cruelty-free – tried and tested on humans, not animals.
Recommended order of use: 1. Salicylic Body Wash 2. Glycolic Resurfacing Serum 3. Hyaluronic Gel Concentrate.
Will you be introducing body acids to your skincare routine?
Treat yourself to SBC’s body acids QVC UK TSV and see the results for yourself, but be quick, the price is reduced for 24 hours only. Search item number 241539 Click here to shop the collection. (link active from 9 pm).
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Always patch test any new product before use
Do remember that using acids can reduce your skin’s ability to resist sun damage (at least in the short term) so always use sun protection throughout your skin acid journey.
Oh Samantha these sound great! especially the body serum <3
I must admit, the body serum is a favourite here too. Saying that, the body wash is so refreshing to use abs just smells so good! Summer in a bottle x
Ooh how interesting! I’m all about those acids for the face and wouldn’t be without them- but I’ve never even considered them for my body! I’ve not tried anything from SBC yet actually so now may be the time, I’m so much more invested in my body care over spring and summer.
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Exactly how I felt – literally never considered using acids on my body, it was quite a revelation! There’s so many gorgeous SBC products to choose from and they all smell wonderful! x
I don’t have a comment but I do have a couple of questions. If using a sun screen (ultra sun) would put serum on my after or before applying the sun screen. And would I then apply my normal serums and moisturisers on top the SBC serum.
Same applies to the body – sun screen before or after and can I use my normal body moisturisers on top? Thanks.
Hi Leila, thanks for your questions. If you’re using Ultrasun specifically, you’ll need to use that first. Apply it to clean, dry skin and allow it to fully absorb. Ultrasun’s Lamellar technology means it forms an invisible film on the skin, binding to the skin cells and remains there until you cleanse it off. Follow with the SBC serum and allow to absorb. However, with that said, you may want to alternate the days you use these products on your skin as the Glycolic serum really needs to be used on clean, damp skin for full effect. My only concern would be that Ultrasun products may cause a barrier for the serum to do its work. Otherwise, might I suggest using the serum as part of your evening routine, that way you’re not overlapping the products. Hope that helps!
I love hyaluronic acid and salicylic acid! (Especially because i get acne, so the latter is a lifesaver for me.) This was such an informative post xx
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I’m so pleased to hear that using acids improve your skin! It’s always good to hear positive stories. Have a lovely afternoon x
Aww, how interesting! Great for summer!
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Thank you! Yes, perfect for Summer and just in time to get your skin in tip top condition!
This is some really great information 🙂 I loved your review.
Thanks so much, I’m so pleased you found it interesting.