Garden of Wisdom's Mandelic Acid 15% Serum is a proprietary blend of anti-oxidants, skin hydrators, alpha-hydroxy acids, skin conditioners and a 15% strength of Mandelic Acid. Mandelic acid lightens skin (especially when paired with our Light n' Bright serum), reduces pore size, improves complexion, evens out skin tone and helps to lighten skin irregularities and hyper pigmentation. Our Mandelic Acid is best to be used by those who have oily to very oily skin, mild acne, blemishes, or with normal skin.
More Information About Mandelic Acid
Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps clear away dead skin cells that have built up on the skin's surface, and because of its smaller molecule size it can also work within the pore as well. Unlike glycolic acid, it cannot penetrate the skin's layers to enable deeper exfoliation, but it can help to refine pores. Mandelic acid has antibacterial properties.
If you are new to acids, use every three days. In total, exfoliate no more than 3 to 4 times per week.
Use on clean skin (skin can be dampened with hydrosol, toner or fruit mists, or it can be dry). Apply a few drops with clean fingertips, then wait 20 minutes before using any other products. The acid will self neutralize and then you can continue with your routine.
The exception to the 20 minute wait rule is that if the acids are very uncomfortable. If so, then rinse immediately and build up a resistance to the acids over about a months time, increasing the length of time every few days. Acids, however, are not meant to be comfortable as they are a remodeling tool.
*Note the formulas to purchase the correct one, please.
No Alcohol/No Seaweed .. MA-13 / MA-14-P (pump) / MA-14-S (spritzer)
No Alcohol/Yes Seaweed .. MA-15 / MA-16-P (pump) / MA-16-S (spritzer)
Yes Alcohol/No Seaweed .. MA-18 / MA-19-P (pump) / MA-19-S (spritzer)
Yes Alcohol/Yes Seaweed .. MA-19 / MA-20-P (pump) / MA-20-S (spritzer)
List of Ingredients (these are all 15% strength)
Spring Water hydrating
Rooibos (red) Extract excellent anti-oxidant
(if yes to seaweed it would go here on the label)
Mandelic Acid improves skin texture, refines pore size,
lightens hyper-pigmentation, improves skin tone, excellent surface exfoliant
Lactic Acid gentle AHA exfoliant
(if yes to alcohol it would go here on the label)
L-lysine water binding, moisturizing, emollient
Sodium PCA natural moisturizer, water binding to the skin
Panthenol B-5 penetrating moisturizer
Sodium Lactate pH adjuster, moisturizer
Hyaluronic Acid hydrates skin, can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water
Malic Acid aids in the penetration abilities of Mandelic Acid
Shelf Life and Storage Information for Products and Ingredients
Finished products generally don't need to be refrigerated as they are preserved, but you can refrigerate them to extend shelf life. Shelf life is 9 - 12 months
Sample sizes do have a shorter shelf life (generally 3-6 months and items in jars can dry up quicker than this if the lid is not tightened well enough (except our vitamin C serums - use within 90 days).
Please try to keep out of high humidity or heat if possible! Store out of direct light and in dark cabinet if possible also!
Exfoliating Acid products will last 1 year.
The only thing we don't suggest refrigerating is the mandelic or salicylic acid serums as those can crystallize in the refrigerator and not go back to their normal state even if you warm them up.
Additional Items Requiring Refrigeration
Hydrosols - Take out 1/2 oz to 1 oz in a separate spray bottle from your original container and keep the larger bottle in the refrigerator!
Carrier Oils - Generally you can refrigerate ALL carrier oils, they will solidify in some cases. This is FINE all you have to do is take it out warm it up at room temp and it will be liquid again!
There are some oils that have a super long shelf life like coconut oil for instance! That does not need to be refrigerated, but it cannot hurt it either!
Essential Oils - Essential oils are best stored in a cool dark place.
Co2 Oils - These should always be refrigerated.
Butters - We suggest refrigerating our skincare butters. You can take out what you need and keep the rest in the fridge.
Essential oils - These can be refrigerated to increase their shelf life!
Clays - Keep in a dry, dark place (shelf life is at least 2 years)
Herbs - (whole or ground) These should last a good year at least - Keep in a dark, cool and dry location.
Herbal Extracts - [powder] Keep these also in a dark, DRY place. You can keep in the fridge, but make sure the seal is on very tight so you don't get moisture in. [1 year at least].
Herbal Extracts - [liquid] These can be kept in the refrigerator (or a dark DRY place] [3 years at least]
Other Various Raw Ingredients - i.e. Sodium PCA, Honeyquat, Iat Beta Glucan etc will all have a different shelf life (we are working on adding this to the ingredient pages.
Please reach out with any questions! Call or email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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