The acid duo is joined by Sarcosine, an amino-acid derivative that further helps to tighten up enlarged pores and balance oil production. With regular use, Cheer Up fights several of the typical problems of combination skin including enlarged pores, extra oil production, blackheads, acne, and post-acne marks.
Cheer Up is non-irritating and non-drying, and it's the best friend for combination and/or problem-prone skin. It is our bestseller, award-winning formula that won the Cosmopolitan Beauty Award for best exfoliant in 2018 in our home market.
Who is it for?
how to use it?
It’s an ideal first step after cleansing your skin. Use it as a toner, either with a cotton pad or pour it into your hands and pat it on as men do with after-shave. Avoid the area around the eyes!
You can use Cheer Up from every other day to twice a day depending on your skin’s level of tolerance. For most skin types, once a day use is ideal. Wait until it is absorbed (brush your teeth in the meantime :)) and you can follow it up with your favourite serums and moisturizers.
IMPORTANT: Mandelic acid might make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Use a good SPF in the morning! The product contains BHA, do not use it if you are allergic to Aspirin.
Shelf life: 2 years from production (unopened), 8 months PAO (period after opening)
Ingredients & Research
Mandelic Acid – An AHA that comes from bitter almond and is known for its gentleness and antibacterial properties. It not only exfoliates the surface of the skin, but also helps to fight acne (especially good for pustules, but also helps with inflammatory nodules) as well as post-acne marks.
Salicylic Acid (BHA) – Super well-known oil-soluble acid that is the gold standard in treating blackheads and enlarged pores. It works inside the pores to clear out dead skin cells that clog them.
Sarcosine – An amino-acid derived ingredient that helps to normalize oil production (not by drying the skin, it is a so-called 5α-Reductase inhibitor), tightens up enlarged pores, and evens out the surface of the skin.
Xylitylglucoside + Anhydroxylitol + Xylitol – A sugar based humectant trio that increases the skin’s water-binding capacity and strengthens the skin’s barrier.
full inci list:
Water, Propanediol, Mandelic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Sarcosine, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol
Przegląd Dermatologiczny 2015/4, Evaluation of the efficacy and tolerability of mandelic acid-containing cosmetic formulations for acne skin care
MB Taylor, Cosmetic Dermatology, 1999, Summary of mandelic acid for the improvement of skin conditions
Dermatologic Surgery, Jan 1, 2009, Glycolic Acid Peels Versus Salicylic–Mandelic Acid Peels in Active Acne Vulgaris and Post‐Acne Scarring and Hyperpigmentation: A Comparative Study
This is one amazing exfoliant that does not dry, does not irritate and does everything I expect! My skin has never been better, I love this guy so much
This exfoliant is one of the best I have tried so far. I have fair skin with freckles, which is very sensitive. I also suffered from acne until my thirties. Now I am in my early fifties and my skin is still sensitive and showing the first signs of aging. I use Cheer up twice a week, I don't need to use it more often. I have never had a sensitivity reaction to this product.
This is the first exfoliant I tried from G&G and it quickly became my trusted, go-to BHA exfoliant. It has a perfect watery formula which doesn't leave my skin sticky and shiny (unlike the cult BHA liquid from Paula's Choice for example - yes, I said it!)
this product is very gentle and it feels like it works. I don't give it full points just because I've been using it for less than a month, but I can already see the potential for it to do a great job.
Non-irritating, using it twice a day (morning and evening), after one month helped me with my acne