11 New Acid-Based Products That Will Improve Your Skin

We all have those days where unwinding and showing our skin some much-needed TLC are the only tasks on the docket. But some treatments we reach for often miss the mark when it comes to delivering standout results and improving our skin. Why not upgrade your regimen with acid-powered picks that are sure to deliver every time you use them, whether you're lounging on the couch or at work? Here, 11 of our newest favorites that don’t disappoint.  

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence ($42)

Key acid: Glycolic acid

Packing in no-joke ingredients that truly better skin, this luxe glass bottle is so much more than meets the eye. Caudalie’s signature grapewater soothes and moisturizes, white peony extract evens out irregular skin tone and glycolic acid exfoliates and eliminates dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion—all in a lightweight essence that penetrates skin almost instantly to prep it for what comes next (which is hopefully the brand’s cult-favorite Radiance Serum, which is proven to be twice as effective when paired with the essence). 


M-61 PowerGlow Eye Cream ($78)

Key acid: Glycolic acid

Tapping into the power of the brand’s best-selling PowerGlow Peel, glycolic acid, vitamin K bilberry and papaya work to gently reduce the look of fine lines and under-eye circles in this do-it-all cream, while curbing dry patches and uneven tone that draw attention to the area. 


Darphin l’institut Youth Resurfacing Peel ($90)

Key acid: Glycolic acid

Five minutes is all it takes for this botanical-based acid peel to work its magic on even the dullest, problematic skin types. Saturate a cotton pad with the waterlight liquid, swipe it across your face and wait for your smoothest skin to be revealed. You’ll wish this stuff came in a gallon size, trust me. 


Keprea Skincare Multi-Active Concentrate Serum ($110)

Key acids: Folic, lactic, citric and hyaluronic acids

Patented ECM9, a North-African-sourced botanical ingredient that has been shown to block MMP9 enzymes (these are largely responsible for the breakdown of collagen and elastin), is at the root of this serum (along with the rest of the three-piece collection), which delivers a high dose of active ingredients, including ECM9, into skin with every use to dramatically reverse aging and prevent further damage at the source before it occurs. It sounds complicated, but the results are simple. 


KORRES Black Pine 3D Sculpting, Firming & Lifting Super Eye Serum ($65) 

Key acid: Hyaluronic acid

Taking a 360-degree approach to eye aging, this serum takes even your lids and lashes into account when turning back the hands of time. Panthenol moisturizes skin and nourishes lashes for longer, younger-looking eyes as three types of hyaluronic acid and oat-derived sugars smooth and “lift” the area for a smoother, younger appearance almost instantly. 


Exuviance AF Vitamin C20 Serum Capsules ($69)

Key acid: L-ascorbic acid (aka pure vitamin C)

Vitamin C has long been a skin care must, but many formulas spiked with the vitamin lose their potency once they’re opened as the acid degrades with too much light and/or air exposure. These single-use capsules keep the vitamin as potent as possible, blocking exposure to both of these elements until you’re ready to use it. The result: maximum benefits with each use and zero wasted money. Who doesn’t want that? 


HydroPeptide Nimni Cream ($220)

Key acids: A precise blend of amino acids

Developed by geneticists, this sweet-smelling, quick-to-absorb hydrator is brimming with amino acids, time-release retinol and collagen-supporting antioxidants to step in where the environment and inevitable aging have negatively affected skin-cell performance and health to keep them looking plump and acting young.


Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel ($65)

Key acid: HA³ (featuring three different sizes of hyaluronic acid)

Dark circles don’t stand a chance against this powerful eye gel that’s chock-full of hyaluronic acid (the brand’s secret weapon, HA³, combining three different sizes of hyaluronic acid), yeast and plankton extracts, white lupine and alfalfa to delete darkness, plump fine lines and combat under-eye puffiness fast. 


Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Essence ($35)

Key acid: Alphahdroxy acid

What if I told you tackling dark spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone could all happen before you even touch your serum stash? This organic essence (press it into skin with your palms) bottles peptides and antioxidant-rich organic fruit acid complexes to better skin, and is designed to be used after cleansing and before any cream-based topical treatments. Magic.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser ($9)

Key acid: Hyaluronic acid

Wash away the day’s makeup or workout grime as you cleanse, exfoliate away dullness, then infuse skin with a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid all in one basic step. The gel-cream cleanser will leave your skin feeling so baby-smooth and fresh, you’ll think your skin care regimen got longer, not shorter. 


InstaNatural Vitamin C Moisturizer SPF 30 ($22)

Key acid: Hyaluronic acid

If you’re going to pick one product to apply in the middle of a rushed morning (trust me, we've been there), make it this one. Containing brightening vitamin C, protective zinc and titanium dioxide and SPF 30, plus hyaluronic acid to hydrate and help reduce the appearance of aging, one pump of this multitasking maven truly does all the work for you. 


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