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Need a travel-ready skincare solution? Try Serious Skincare® Glycolic Retexturizing Pads.

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Let’s be honest: Your skincare routine could probably use a refresh, especially if you’re using the same drugstore cleanser you’ve been using since you were a zit-plagued teen. Think of this essential kit, with a daily cleanser, two nighttime skin-savers, and retexturizing facial pads, as a juice cleanse for your daily regimen. We swear by its rejuvenating abilities—and you don’t even have to drink the green stuff.

How it Works

Each 4-piece set includes the 12-oz. Glycolic Cleanser, 1-oz. Glycolic Serum, 2-oz. Glycolic Cream, and Glycolic Retexturizing Pads (60 pre-soaked pads that exfoliate, hydrate, and firm). The hero ingredient in all of these products is glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that penetrates the skin and weakens the lipids that contribute to the build up of dead skin cells.

How to Use

Use the cleanser to wash your face, then gently swipe a single pad (one is enough!) over your face and neck. Follow with a thin, even layer of serum, and finish by massaging a generous amount of cream into your face and neck. The cleanser and pads can be used twice daily, while the serum and cream are intended for your nighttime routine.

Glycolic Cleanser: Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Diazolidinyl Urea, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.


Glycolic Cream: Water, Glycolic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Isocetyl Stearate, Ricinus Commanis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Phenyl Trimethicone, Laneth-16, Ceteth-16, Oleth-16, Steareth-16, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate, Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Suger Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Extract, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Extract, Opuntia Tuna Extract, Acacia Senegal Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Coffea Aribica (Coffee) Extract, Mucor Miehei Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Capryly Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance.


Glycolic Serum: Water, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate, Lecithin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Extract, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Extract, Opuntia Tuna Extract, Coffea Aribica (Coffee) Extract, Acacia Senegal Extract, Mucor Miehei Extract, Vitus Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Lavender Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Capryly Glycol, Hexylene Glycol. 


Glycolic Retexturizing Pads: Water, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Ubiquinone, Thioctic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, Methylsilanol Ascorbate, Yeast Extract, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

have noticed a difference
Purchased

As a product junkie, I have so many serums and lotions. I use the whole system about 3x a week. My skin looks great in the am after night application. Great size and price.

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Purchased

I bought this pack and so far all I have recieved is the face wash and so far I guess it is ok. It has only been 1 week and I am sure that without the rest of the products it doesn't quite work as well. I am hoping to actually get my whole order! Once I do then I will post again.

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good set of products

I've been looking to change up my skin care regimen so I purchased this set. I've been using it for about 2 weeks and it makes my skin look nice and fresh. I was hoping it would help reduce the size of my pores but haven't seen much change in that regard. All of the products in the set are large and it will probably last me at least 2 months. Will wait until then to decide on purchasing again.

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love it!

I wanted to find a system that helped my skin. I don't have horrible breakouts, but I fee that my face is greasy and shiny most of the day. this 4 step system has definitely helped! I can tell that my face isn't so oily and after using these products I feel that my skin is definitely softer. the only downside is that it makes your skin very dry. I live in Wisconsin and its the middle of winter so that doesn't help with my face being so dry. I just use some moisturizer and it helps a ton. I would recommend this product to anyone who is having skin issues. it has definitely changed my life!

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Would not buy again!

First let me say I don't have super sensitive skin. I have had chemical peels before without any issues. However, after two days my face was swollen and painful. The redness took days to go away and my face was so hot to the touch.

Will never use again!

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Amazing collection

I usually don't buy skin care sets because there's always one product that isn't right for my skin. This set, however, has done wonders for me and each product is amazing in its own right. I can feel the glycolic tingling with the cleanser, the serum is very effective, and the moisturizer is really moisturizing (not like the ones for acne-prone skin that barely feel like you've applied anything to your face). I also use the facial pads on my back. It's the best skin care set I've found....not to mention REALLY affordable.

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This is amazing!

My skin was totally freaking out with breakouts etc. This has turned it around in 3-4 days! It is not over drying or harsh but very effective. I'm also incredibly impressed with the price point. The products are HUGE and each of the individually could cost $30. I'm confused but excited that the kit is so affordable. I'd actually pay double.

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Makes your skin so soft

My skin has never looked as good as it has after using this for 2 weeks. My skin is soft and I've noticed it looks brighter. I have acne prone skin so I was worried it might irritate my skin, but it hasn't. I feel like the cleanser could cleanse a little better, but it still works ok.

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This product is awesome

I just started using this product 4 days ago and have already received several compliments on the glow of my skin. The packaging is really nice. The smell is not offensive or lingering. Some glycolic products that I've used can be irritating. This line has been quite pleasant. The face wash is really nice, doesn't leave a residue or irritate my skin. The pads are soft.. The serum and cream are also pleasant to use.

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