Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Serum

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30ml
Rated 4.7 out of 5
Based on 278 reviews

Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Serum

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30ml
Rated 4.7 out of 5
Based on 278 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% 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% 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

    Clinically Effective Serums $45 & Under

    Our serums are packed with clinically effective ingredients that target your skin's daily needs. Formulated to achieve real skin results, our serums are made to be used together so you can target multiple skin concerns at once. We recommend layering serums from thinnest consistency to thickest for optimal absorbtion & love to switch up which serums we use based on ever-changing skin concerns. Curious which serums are right for you? There's a guide for that.

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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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    I recommend this product
    Age Range
    18 - 24
    Skin Type
    • Oily
    • Acne
    • Combination
    • Teen
    Skin Concern
    • Dark spots
    • Oiliness
    • Pores
    • Acne
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    another great serum!

    This has now become another one of my favorite serums from Glow Recipe! It has really helped on improving my acne prone skin and has even brightened up those little dark spots. I’m really glad I’ve purchased <3

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    25 - 34
    Skin Type
    • Combination
    • Acne
    Skin Concern
    • Acne
    • Dark spots
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    ENJOYING SO FAR!

    I really do like this product! At first I broke out a little but that is typically what happens when I am using a new product. I have noticed my texture is evening out which was my main concern!

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    25 - 34
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    • Normal
    • Combination
    Skin Concern
    • Dryness
    • Acne
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    Amazing!

    After a few weeks my skin cleared up!

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    I recommend this product
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    25 - 34
    Skin Type
    • Combination
    • Sensitive
    • Acne
    Skin Concern
    • Anti-aging
    • Pores
    • Oiliness
    • Acne
    • Dryness
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    Amazing serum!

    I absolutely love this serum and really feel like it’s helped with my adult acne and smoothed out my skin since I started using it in my nighttime skincare routine. Love it!

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    I recommend this product
    Age Range
    25 - 34
    Skin Type
    • Combination
    Skin Concern
    • Dark spots
    • Uneven tone
    • Acne
    • Dullness
    • Dryness
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    New holy grail

    I’m 34 years old and after having my son at 23 I have suffered with breakouts. I’ve tried everything under the sun and it’s either not worked, left my skin dry and dull. In just one use I overnight saw a result. My spots were minimized, the gentle exfoliating left my skin smooth and brighter, this paired with the avocado ceramide serum that helps smooth irritation from breakouts and products that dry you out is happy marriage.

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