Exfoliating & purifying lotion for face.
Ingredients :Water (Aqua), Gluconolactone, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Citric Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Chloride, Malic Acid, Vinegar (Acetum), Phytic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Cochlearia Armoracia (Horseraddish) Root Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Rumex Acetosa Leaf Extract, Myrtus Communis Extract, Commyphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Allium Cepa (Onion) Bulb Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Sulfur, Sorbitol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
I believe no other cosmetic product has been more “hyped”, “blogged” or discussed on beauty platforms. Why is that ? No idea. Because for me, nothing about this lactic acid-based, facial toner is so very special ….
So, where did the hype come from ? Probably (I can only guess), it was because lotion P50 is one of the first AHA TONERS ON THE MARKET. Plus, the original (1970) formula had Phenol, a VERY STRONG acid, that surely can be “skin changing” as I’ve read in some comments.
I can’t speak about this version, as the product I could eventually lay my hands on, is the “European version” without this famous phenol. So that leaves us with a still pretty potent, exfoliating (=peeling) skin toner, that will help improve skin texture & clarity and will also help clear up acne. Its active ingredients are lactic acid, which is said to be more gentle than, for example, glycolic acid, used in many anti-ageing preparations nowadays. Plus some other (very good) acids and vinegar (the product smells of it too), I suppose to help keep the pH value low enough, so the acids will work.
So far for the ingredients. I personally DO NOT LIKE this product so much at all !It stings and burns, leaves your skin quite red at times. And yes, I know, that’s how it’s supposed to work, but I can’t notice any “improvement” using this nasty smelling product.
So, no, I’m not a fan.I’m sure some of you love this product and you have every reason to do so. The ingredients are good, very active and WILL help your skin cell turnover and prevent the clogging of pores. Fact is, that some damn good lotions are available on the market nowadays. Think Paul’s Choice AHA/BHA products and (my favorite) Mandelic Acid Prep by Wishtrend (Korean).Not to forget the Clarins (glycolic acid based) Doux Exfoliant. And many, many others….
Positive points :good active ingredients, a myriad of acids, niacinamide (Vit. B3) that helps fighting hyperpigmentation.
Negative Points: agressive product, didn’t work for me. Better options on the market nowadays.
Conlusion: not for me. Good if you’re specifically looking for a lactic acid based exfoliator. Not for sensitive/reactive skin types.