think Framboos, but for the body
To conclude our [coincidental] Drunk Elephant mini-series, we will be chatting about one of the brand's body products for a change. As a big fan of the T.L.C. Framboos Night Serum, I could not resist my temptation to try the T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion. In this post, you will find out whether it is worth your time and money or not.
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My Skin: dry, sensitive
About the Product
Packaging: reminiscent of the brand's T.L.C. Framboos Night Serum, this body lotion too comes in bright pink and white packaging containing 240 ml/ 8 fl. oz. of product. You squeeze the lotion out by pressing on the bottle, which I am sure will get more tricky once you start running low on it. I would prefer a pump instead.
Formula: this product contains a high amount of Glycolic Acid. It is refreshing to see the star ingredient at the top of the ingredient list. Aside from the 10% AHA blend, you also get Propanediol (moisture retainer), Squalene (skin barrier support), Shea Butter, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), and multiple kinds of plant-based extracts and oils to nourish and hydrate the skin. I must say this is quite an impressive and potent blend for a body lotion.
Texture: as far as texture goes, this is a Goldilocks of body lotions. The T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion has a rich cream texture, which is neither thick nor greasy. It gets absorbed easily, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.
Application: now, similar to how you would use exfoliating acids or any other skin resurfacing acids at night-time only, the T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion should be used as part of your PM routine. As you might know, acids make our skin more sensitive to sun exposure, which is why wearing body SPF or protective clothing is a good idea if you plan on using this product.
The T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion must be applied on top of clean and dry skin. Since this is a Glycolic Acid rich formula, a tingling sensation might occur. It normally lasts for a few minutes and is not painful. However, try to avoid applying this body lotion to cuts or broken skin, as it might result in an unpleasant burning sensation.
I would suggest starting slow with the T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion. Use it once a week and add more days gradually. Also, use it sparingly if you are new to acids or have sensitive skin.
Skin feels moisturized. Noticeable yet bearable tingling occurs.
The main reason why I purchased this product was that I wanted some help in the KP (Keratosis Pilaris aka "skin bumps") department. I have some bumps on my legs caused by frequent hair removal and some on my arms that come and go depending on my diet. My skin is dry, so physical exfoliation and hydration are a must to keep it smooth and healthy-looking.
I look at the T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion as a chemical exfoliation treatment that I try to use at least 2-3 times a week. Over the course of several months, I have noticed little to no improvement as far as my leg KP areas go. Skin did not become spot-free and baby smooth if that makes sense. I still get bumps in the same areas, which is upsetting. I did, however, notice an improvement in my arms (which were not as "bumpy" to begin with, but still).
To conclude, I am on the fence about this product. I like that it helped my arms become smoother, but my main concern - bumps plus spots caused by KP on my legs - somewhat remained the same. I wonder if I should increase the frequency of use and see if it makes things better, so not all hope is lost. Many people suffering from KP love the T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion and my review just goes to show that we are all different and maybe this product is not one size fits all. If you don't suffer from KP, but want to make your skin that extra bit smooth, you might like this product a lot. If you do have KP, have patience and alter between products/routines to see what works for you. As for today, my rating is C+. I will, however, give it another shot and if there is a change of heart - I will update this post and give it a higher rating.
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