GM Collin Derm Renewal Cream 10% AHA
Those of you who are faithful readers of my site (thank you!) probably noticed that over the past year I’ve been on a strong GM Collin kick. I began taking notice of this dermatologist recognized skincare brand after years of visiting various spas for facials as well as half a dozen dermatologists throughout the United States. Every now and then I’d ask the facialist what products they were using and I’d hear GM Collin.
Like many of you, throughout most of my life, I would choose my skincare brands at department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and only in recent years switched over to buying online at stores like Sephora or the Korean-focused brands like Peach and Lily. Even more recently though, I pay very close attention to what facialists and dermatologists (who don’t have their own brands) are using because those are the truly powerful brands that are not well known by the public but well known by the experts.
My latest craze is GM Collin’s Derm Renewal Cream 10% AHA. If you’ve been into taking care of your skin properly for a while, no doubt you’re very familiar with AHA or alpha hydroxy acids, which are chemical compounds that are both naturally occurring or synthetic. AHA’s are long proven to significantly help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation from sun damage or stubborn acne scars.
Let’s start off with who this Derm Renewal Cream is good for. If you have fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, dull skin, acne prone skin, brown spots caused by sun exposure, stubborn acne scars or patchy skin- the GM Collin Derm Renewal Cream 10% AHA will likely be a dream skincare product for you. It definitely was for me and my main concerns are the sun spots and preventing fine lines.
What does this exfoliating cream do?
With its 10% AHA (pretty much the highest concentration you can obtain over the counter without prescription), this Derm Renewal Cream is to be used every night after the serums or targeted creams you use after toning as the last step of moisturizing. In other words, the Derm Renewal Cream doubles as moisturizer and powerful exfoliator. Depending on your skin type, what other products you’re using and your usual skincare regimen, the Derm Renewal Cream gently sloughs off dead skin cells in as quick as a couple of days to one and a half weeks.
For some of you, after the first few nights of use, one morning you’ll perhaps notice peeling skin which you can gently rub off with just your fingers. For others, you may need to use a good facial scrub to help finish off the job of the peeling. Others still may experience larger patches of dry, dead skin flaking off that you can painlessly remove with tweezers. For me, the first two weeks of use resulted in little patches of dead skin that I could gently rub off. I’m religious about my skincare regimen so I also use a facial scrub twice a week which helps the entire process. If you’re using some type of Retinol product, I would suggest pausing that during the use of this Derm Renewal Cream as the two may conflict.
After around two weeks of nightly use, I didn’t see too much peeling anymore. It became an overall silkiness of the skin with less clogged pores, without changing anything else in my skincare or makeup routine.
Main Ingredients and Technology in the GM Collin Derm Renewal Cream 10% AHA:
3% Glycolic Acid
7% Lactic Acid
The instructions on how to use are CRITICAL to follow. This exfoliating cream is NOT meant for continuous use. It’s a supplement to boost your regular skincare regimen and should be used for only 1 continuous month, up to 2 months per year but at separated intervals. For example, you can use this in September after the harsh summer months are over to get rid of any sun spots you may have acquired over the summer, and then again perhaps in February to kick off the new year with renewed, glowing skin. GM Collin says you can use it either day or night but I strongly prefer using this during my nighttime skincare routine so that it can do its work while I’m sleeping without make-up in the way. I may have the science all wrong on this but I also believe that using this in daytime is going to somehow expose my “new” skin to the sun at the worst possible time.
Do not use this in 2 back to back months or you’ll end up with raw skin that becomes dangerously susceptible to more lines and sun spots developing easily.
I used the Derm Renewal Cream 10% AHA for one month in September and by October was sporting silky smooth, beautiful skin that really minimizes the amount of make-up you need or want to use. Also remember to use tons of sunscreen whenever you leave the house while using this product and for several weeks right after stopping use. Really, you should be using sunscreen all the time but during and right after using this cream is definitely not the time to get complacent about it.
One bottle of the GM Collin Renewal Cream 10% AHA lasts for several months so after a round of 1 month, I like to keep it in the refrigerator until next cycle. Short of going to a dermatologist and paying exorbitant amounts for treatments like microdermabrasion, the GM Collin Derm Renewal Cream 10% AHA is the best addition to your regular skincare regimen.