As I was scrolling through my 5,000 odd photos on camera roll, I discovered I took this picture on 20th January 2019 with an intent to posting a review and comparison of new (well relatively) Kate Somerville Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment. Many know, I loved and adored Clinic to go (CTG) pads, which were Lactic Acid clinic however those were discontinued and made way for this new exfoliator.
Inci list analysis – the new one claims to have 10% triple acid action (Glycolic, Lactic & Malic), it also includes many others ingredients to soften the acid blow. Second ingredient being Geranium water. While CTG straight hit on Lactic acid, Witch Hazel and Onion Bulb extract. As stinky as it may sound, Onion bulb extract was also used in Biologique Recherche P50. The CTG inci list was short and included ingredients that really packed a punch in terms of performance. While the new one, in addition to acids, also includes enzymes (papain – papaya, bromelain – pineapple), peptide, honey extract. More than just exfoliating ingredients for the skin skin.
Performance reflects the inci list precisely. The triple acid exfoliator while nice, is a lot gentler on skin. An everyday acid, without damaging the barrier (of course be guided by your individual skins). But with this formulation it is hard to over do it. Quite the contrary to CTG, not an every night treatment and used 2 times a week it really made a significant impact. I don’t have my pH testing kit on hand, but Beautypedia claims it hit pH4.35 (which isn’t in the optimal acid function zone), and hence the gentler effect. The experience of using it is pleasant, smells a lot nicer than CTG, the obvious scent of Geranium water. Pumped on cotton pad, dabbed all over and done. While CTG were individually packaged pads, making it convenient for travel. The new bottle is a pretty frosted glass bottle, omitting itself from being a travel companion (unless you’re planning road trip;) )
Long story short, triple acid doesn’t mean wham bam strong. This is a far more gentler formula suitable for entry level acid folks. As for me I will continue bitterly missing Clinic to go pads. Fully knowing that isn’t going to come back, I like layering triple acid with Kate Somerville’s RetAsphere (retinol and glycolic cream).