Dr Sheth's Gulab and GLYCOLIC Toner Review

May 3, 2019

I am still very new to acid and peels. Therefore, everything is exciting and everything is scary. Especially because good ones are hard to get in India. I tried Pixi Glow Glycolic Acid and it was a life-changing event. I do not think anything else had a striking effect as Pixi Glow ever.* 

However, Pixi Glow is hard to get in India. In addition, customs charges are always scary. I got mine from iHerbs sent to a friend in the USA. I have about 25% left and I am wondering how to restock this beauty. 

So, I decided to explore other possibilities. Thankfully, Dr. Sheth's launched their Gulab Glycolic Toner and I purchased that along with the Sulphur Face Mask. 

Price: Rs 499 for 50ml 

Packaging: It comes in a spray plastic bottle. 

Usage: I tried using the spray directly on my face but later felt that it will not be a good idea. Later, I used it with a cotton pad and it feels better. 

Ingredients: Purified water, rose extracts ( conditioning), glycolic acid (exfoliating agent, hydration), wheat and oat sugars [xylitylglucoside, anhydroxylitol, xylitol] (hydration) , coconut derived amino acid blend [sodium cocoyl amino acids & sarcosine & potassium aspartate & magnesium aspartate] (calming), Sodium hydroxide (pH Adjuster), niacinamide (brightening, anti-aging), calendula extracts (calming), green tea extracts (antioxidants), allantoin (healing), aloe vera extracts (calming), hyaluronic acid (hydrating), willow herb extracts (anti-acne), phenoxyethanol (preservative), EDTA (heavy metal remover), tween 20 (solubilizer) 

My skin is used to glycolic acid so; I did not skip days when I started using this. I used it almost every night. I will not lie but I did skip on days when I forgot to use. My skin was doing okay but I was sure it was not going to be so as I had some travel days planned. Unfortunately, I did not save my skin during my travels. I saw small bumps and dry patches. I have still used it after my lifestyle was back to normal but it was not doing anything remarkable. I do not think that the amount of glycolic acid is low because it is the third ingredient listed. Maybe the glycolic acid percentage is too low my skin needs. Maybe it is used to 5% of glycolic acid. Even after using additional exfoliators, my skin was not feeling deeply cleaned. I read that using clay masks before acids enhances the effects of acids. So, I used Dr. Sheth's Clarifying Sulphur Mask but it didn't help either. 

I was fed up and I used the Pixi glow again last night. Today, I woke up with glowing skin and all bumps was reduced in size. 

Overall: Considering the ingredients, the product is impressive. Also, the price is budget friendly. But, in practice, it did not fair well. Possibly it will work better for those who have not tried glycolic acids before. This can be a gateway to more potent glycolic acid toners if you have not used it. But, for someone who has used more potent ones might not get results from Dr. Sheth's Gulab and Glycolic Toner. 


*La Roche Posay Astringent come a close second. It has Salicylic Acid. Since LRP astringent is now discontinued, I have picked The Ordinary 2% Salicylic Acid that I will start testing now that I have tested Dr. Sheth's Glycolic Gulab. I actually had purchased the 7% Glycolic Acid toner as well but my friend forgot to pack it when coming to India. 

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