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San Francisco, Day Two: Layer Up
Saved 6/23/08 to Beauty Product Junkies

Awesome Drugstore Find!

So I had an awesome serendipity the other day (for those of you who have not seen the amazingly cheesy John Cusack movie, a serendipity is a happy coincidence).

I was driving home with my SO from his parent's house (about a 4 hour drive). I was in full-on war paint, since I usually tend to dress up around his parents and we went straight from their house and hit the road. I'm the type of person who can't stand to sit around in makeup for no reason. Add to that the fact that I cannot, for the life of me, stay awake in a moving car (I've had some close calls in the driver's seat!) and I was a really unhappy camper. No one like sleeping in a face full of makeup!

We stopped for a quick pit stop at a Walgreen's and I ducked into the bathroom and (don't judge me!) washed my face with liquid handsoap at the bathroom sink! I couldn't help it!

Anyways, my face was immediately tight and uncomfortably dry - an only slightly better option than greasy makeup face. I didn't have any moisturizer with me so I figured, I'm in a Walgreen's...I'm sure I can give them money in exchange for a moisturizer.

Of course, doofus that I am, I didn't really look at what I was buying and instead of purchasing actual moisturizer, I bought 8% AHA cream! I'll tell ya, when you think that stuff is a moisturizer and layer it on, it burns like none other!

However, I realized by the time we got home (a few hours later) that my skin felt really smooth. I've been using this for a few days and what I've noticed is that it's not overly irritating (provided you avoid the liquid handsoap facial!) and it really is helping my skin! I use this during the day (with some SPF 30 moisturizer) and use Differin at night and haven't really seen any flakies, so I'm excited!

My skin tone is brighter and clearer. I'm struggling with adult acne (I got a college degree and a face full of pimples...) but I've noticed that my current pimples are...purging a lot faster and the scars are fading. The Differin really wasn't helping that much (I've been on it 6 months and haven't seen a difference at all, plus it's expensive) so this might be what I go to instead of paying out of pocket for the Differin cream.

Plus, the best part is, it's cheap! I would have expected a lot of the above results from an AHA, but most of the ones I've seen have been really unaffordable - I can afford $6 for a huge tub (this will easily last 6 months, in my opinion).

The ladies on MakeupAlley gave it really high marks, even though it's a store brand - however, a lot of them mentioned having problems finding it. I say, if you happen to be in a Walgreen's and you notice this stuff, it's worth trying. $6 isn't a lot to risk and the benefits are truly worth it!

Here's a link, if you want to buy it online:

Let me know if you have any questions!

scolls1583 scolls1583 7 years 44 weeks
good for you girl....definitely sounds like a great find. i'm gonna try it out myself as soon as i can!
vanitypot vanitypot 7 years 47 weeks
We don't have it here (on where I live) but I'm glad I'm using St. Ives' AHA Peel-off Masque. It also works wonders like your amazing drugstore find. :D
redrover189 redrover189 7 years 48 weeks
Sugaslime - I actually bought two body sprays last month! They were two for $10 and I bought the Island Cottage and a lavendar scented (English Meadow or something like that). I really like them and the lasting power is awesome! **EDIT** For anyone who might check up on this - I've been using this for about a week and a half now, and I really am seeing results. Generally, I'm sceptical of any results that I think I see this soon after using a product, but after a few days of closely evaluating my face, I can honestly say that my overall complexion has really improved. At this point, I don't know if the AHA is actually helping clear up my acne - my breaksouts have all but disappeared, but that might be the normal ebb and flow, so I'm going to wait a month or two before I decide. However, I can definitely see a difference in my skin tone. Because of my acne, my skin is normally quite blotchy and uneven. My skin is a little bit pink now (think slight flush) but its so evenly toned, I can't believe it! I really could go without makeup if I wanted (and I'm able to use my tinted moisturizer now, rather than foundation). Additionally, the texture itself is SO smooth - makeup goes on much better than before. I'm really very thrilled with how this is working - this is definitely a keeper. :) I really can't say how happy I am with this product - I feel like I lucked out and won the lottery with this one!
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 7 years 48 weeks
Sounds good !!!!!
TNgirl TNgirl 7 years 48 weeks
Great find!
sugaslime sugaslime 7 years 48 weeks
speaking of Walgreens I just bought the best bath and body products called Details Bath&Body the fragrance was Island Cottage the Body Wash is too good, you gotta try it, the lotion is really nice too! not too much fruity and heavy fragrance kind of stuff the package is cool too.
redrover189 redrover189 7 years 48 weeks
Bluesuze - I had the same problem with Differin + BHAs (benzoyl peroxide made my mouth and nose area really heinously flaky, definitely not attractive...) but I've noticed that even though I'm using Differin and even though I'm not using a very strong moisturizer (I use aloe vera gel), I'm not feeling overly dry. My skin is a *little* tight (just slightly) but I really haven't seen flakes at all. Work up to it slowly and see if you like it. :)
sofi sofi 7 years 48 weeks
bluesuze, I had flaking from my Retin-A and my AHA cleanser really cleared it up. I use it in the morning before my BP/antibiotic lotion. It took a couple of days for me not to feel a little irritated, but the flakiness has cleared up. Maybe try a cleanser before a cream so you don't have to keep layering things on. good luck :)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years 48 weeks
I am going to buy some today after work! Thanks for this great post!
bluesuze bluesuze 7 years 48 weeks
Inneresting. I use a BHA on my face (under my makeup) each morning. I wonder if I can use this as well (or would it be overkill?) I also use Differin at night and my skin is flaking around my mouth and it's driving me insane, because no matter how much moisutrizer I put on it, it's not going away.
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 7 years 48 weeks
I use this on my feet. _________________________ Livin' la vida loca!
AParker AParker 7 years 48 weeks
:) I loved Serendipity... I don't have a Walgreens here, but I'll look for this cream in the future! Thanks for the review!!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 7 years 48 weeks
Wow! That's an amazing bargain! I used to use the St. Ives AHA cream back in the day, but I haven't been able to find (okay, haven't really looked for) a similarly cheap one in quite a while. I shall definitely have to roll down to Walgreens and see if they have this stuff!
kahribar kahribar 7 years 48 weeks
Ohhh neat, thanks for the review!
wren1 wren1 7 years 48 weeks
I'm going to try this for my newly clogged pores--awesome!! I ♥ Walgreens
JennaV JennaV 7 years 48 weeks
what a steal!!!
sofi sofi 7 years 48 weeks
Nice find. I've ben using Retin-A for a month along with a glycolic acid face wash from my doc ($30-ouch). I recently bought a cleanser and toner from aqua glycolic ( that has good reviews, too. I do notice a difference when I use the AHA product and will keep one in my routine for exfoliating. I like the idea of a cream that I don't rinse off like the cleanser- I feel like it may be a waste. I'll consider this or the aqua glycolic cream that is usually on sale for about $12 at AHAs are fantastic :)