Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Serum

30ml
Rated 4.8 out of 5
Based on 368 reviews

Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Serum

30ml
Rated 4.8 out of 5
Based on 368 reviews
$ 40
Meet Strawberry Smooth: Gently smooth texture, clear breakouts, and refine pores, while calming skin with our most powerful, yet gentle daily clarifying BHA+AHA serum.Read more
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About The Product

Meet Strawberry Smooth: Gently smooth texture, clear breakouts, and refine pores, while calming skin with our most powerful, yet gentle daily clarifying BHA+AHA serum.

Powered by our 10% Clarity Acid Complex™–a special blend of 2% salicylic acid & mandelic acid (AHA+BHA), strawberry, azelaic acid, and succinic acid–this serum gently smooths texture, clears breakouts, and refines pores, while calming skin. These clarifying qualities are balanced with hydrating & soothing ingredients like hyaluronic acid & allantoin to add moisture and protect your skin for a soft-glow finish. It’s time to ditch over drying acid treatments & get Strawberry smooth!

SELF Healthy Beauty Awards ‘Best Facial Exfoliant’  2022

    10% Clarity Acid Complex™

    • 2% Encapsulated Salicylic Acid (BHA): Closer to skin’s pH level, this encapsulated form of salicylic acid gently dissolves blemish-causing buildup and balances oil with minimized irritation.
    • Mandelic Acid (AHA) A larger exfoliating molecule that smooths rough texture and slowly penetrates for minimal irritation.

    Strawberry:

    Naturally occurring enzymes found in strawberry water and leaf extract work to hydrate & resurface skin while reducing production of excess oil.

    Azelaic Acid Liposome:

    Boosts the performance of salicylic acid to gently calm sensitized, blemish-prone skin and provide a brightened complexion.

    Succinic Acid:

    A naturally derived acid that hydrates, soothes, & decongests your skin

    Hyaluronic Acid:

    A holy grail hydrator that retains 1000 times its weight in water and plumps and restores moisture to the skin (a.k.a all day hydration!)

    Allantoin:

    A moisturizing skin protectant that also smooths the skin.

    Bisabolol:

    A soothing form of vitamin B with skin brightening benefits.

    Free Of:

    Parabens, Mineral Oil, Silicones, Phthalates, Drying Alcohols, Synthetic Dyes, & Synthetic Fragrance. Vegan & Cruelty-free.

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    Water/Aqua/Eau, Methylpropanediol, C9-12 Alkane, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Salicylic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Mandelic Acid, Succinic Acid, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Leaf Extract, Azelaic Acid, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bisabolol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Flower Extract, Niacinamide, Glucosamine, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment, Dextrin, Polydextrose, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Amylopectin, Butylene Glycol, Succinoglycan, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lauroyl Lysine, Sodium Phytate, Lecithin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Fragrance/Parfum.

    This serum is gentle enough to use daily, both morning & night. Dispense 1–2 pumps and gently pat onto a clean face and neck until fully absorbed. During the day, follow with sunscreen after moisturizer.

    Pro Tip:

    Double serum with our other serums for double the benefits! We recommend applying your serums in order of density, starting with the thinnest, more lightweight of treatments.

    Double Serum Combinations:

    Strawberry + Plum Serum = Clarify + Plump
    Strawberry + Avocado Serum = Clarify + Soothe
    Strawberry + Guava Serum = Clarify + Brighten
    Strawberry + Dew Drops = Clarify + Instantly Glow

    What is the proper way to store my Strawberry Serum?

    Keep in a cool, dry place. Do not keep in direct light.

    Can you use it day and night?

    Yes! If this is your first time using an acid treatment we recommend patch testing first and gradually introducing the serum into your routine. Our formula is gentle enough to be used either day or night or both, even with the high percentage of acids. The encapsulated salicylic acid we chose is closer to skin’s natural pH level while the mandelic acid is a larger exfoliating molecule that penetrates skin slowly - both producing real results with minimized irritation.
    If used during the day, make sure to wear sunscreen at the end of your skincare routine.

    Are there any other ingredients to avoid when using this serum?

    This formula pairs great with most ingredients, except benzoyl peroxide. There’s a common misconception that salicylic acid (BHA) cannot be used while using retinol products, which is not the case. The two ingredients can actually work synergistically together to be more effective. People with oily skin that are not particularly sensitive may be able to tolerate using both on a daily basis. People with more dry or sensitive skin, can ease into using both ingredients into their routine by using a salicylic acid formula in the day and retinol at night. As always, we recommend patch testing.

    What is the recyclability of the packaging?

    Every part of this packaging is recyclable. The glass bottle and the entire carton can be recycled curbside. The plastic cap and pump can be recycled through our Terracycle program. Don’t forget to rinse out the bottle before recycling!

    Real Results

    100% had a visibly significant improvement in fine lines/wrinkles**
    100% agree this serum has reduced their blackheads
    96% agree this serum minimizes the appearance of their pores
    96% agree this serum has reduced their breakouts/blemishes
    93% had a visibly significant reduction in pore size**
    93% agree this serum smoothed the texture and bumps on their skin
    93% agree this serum helps reduce blemishes without overdrying their skin
    93% agree this serum is not sticky or greasy
    90% agree this serum diminishes post-acne hyperpigmentation
    90% agree this serum helped prevent future breakouts
    90% agree skin instantly appear less inflamed after application

    *Based on a consumer use study of 31 participants after 4 weeks

    **In a clinical study of 34 participants, after 4 weeks of use

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    Sustainability

    Carbon Neutral

    100% recyclable through Terracycle

    Clean Ingredients

    Responsible Sourcing

    100% recyclable & FSC-Certified paper packaging

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    Reviewed by Christie
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    I recommend this product
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    45 - 54
    Skin Type
    • Acne
    • Ageing
    • Oily
    Skin Concern
    • Acne
    • Pores
    • Oiliness
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    A life saver for my face

    This serum has worked wonders on my face. I have middle age, very hormonal acne prone skin. I started using this daily and the breakouts have drastically reduced. And my skin is super soft! This sinks in nice and doesn’t leave any residue on my skin.

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    • Oily
    • Teen
    • Acne
    Skin Concern
    • Pores
    • Acne
    • Oiliness
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    Totally works

    I have acne prone skin, and oh my goodness! This stuff really helps! I’ve been struggling with regular white heads, black heads, and occasional cystic pimples, and I’ve noticed that this is working. It’s not irritating and a little goes a long way! You don’t have to use it every night for it to work as well. The only thing that’s a little strange is the smell. It reminds me of fun dip, but once it’s on my face I can’t smell it so it’s not a very big deal (I’m not sensitive to fragrance).

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    I recommend this product
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    18 - 24
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    • Normal
    • Combination
    • Acne
    • Dry
    Skin Concern
    • Dark spots
    • Dullness
    • Uneven tone
    • Pores
    • Acne
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    Worth it

    I’m a person who tries to stay away from Salicylic Acid because i feel like it makes me more congested in my T zone area but i’m so glad i gave this a chance, not only have my pores been reduced but my break outs are so tiny and basically non existent im never going back to anything else.

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    I recommend this product
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    18 - 24
    Skin Type
    • Normal
    • Combination
    Skin Concern
    • Dark spots
    • Acne
    Rated 4 out of 5
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    Good overall

    It is nice but the BHA Salicylic Exflotiant from Paula's Choice it better.

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    • Dryness
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    LOVE THIS PRODUCT

    I've always love serums from glow recipe. Within a few days there's already some differences plus the smell of this serum is really good!

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