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Gold In A Jar -- Walgreen's Brand Alpha Hydroxy Cream

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:55 am      Reply with quote
So I was in Walgreen's the other day. I stopped by the skincare aisle, as always...to check out any new products or sales. I come across this little generic looking white jar with a black cap. It was Walgreen's Brand Alpha Hydroxy face cream. 4 ounces for $5.99! I already knew the benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acid for the skin. This particular cream has 8% glycolic acid. I figured I mine as well pick it up. Boy am I glad I did. I've been using it for about a week and I am astonished. Not only is my skin less red, but it's more evenly toned, and I notice the texture is a lot more smooth, it's also softening the minuscule lines around my eyes. I feel like this product will do great in thickening the skin as well. Something I really love about this cream is it's unscented. Some might find it unpleasant but in my opinion the smell is similar to that of Retin-A. Just giving you guys a heads up. I looked up reviews online and everyone said they also loved this cream and thought it did wonders. Only thing is, a lot of people said it's difficult to find, so I bought 2 jars!

I think I'll be using this for a long time to come. It's funny how you can find a $6 cream that blows expensive brands out of the water.
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Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:06 am      Reply with quote
Sounds interesting, EC413. Do you have sensitive skin? Are you using it at night? Do it use it alone or with other products?

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:17 am      Reply with quote
Skippie, I do consider my skin somewhat sensitive. My skin doesn't react well when I start using certain products with a lot of additives, fragrances, etc, and I usually have trouble with breakouts when using a lot of products. But with the Alpha Hydroxy cream, NO breakouts yet! That's when I know I found something good, when my skin seems to like it, because my skin can be pretty hard to please. I am using it during the day, and I also slather some on before bed. In the morning, my skin looks wonderful. Only thing is, for day use, you must use SPF since AHAs make skin more sensitive to sunburns. Which leads me to your next question, yes I am using it with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with SPF. That is basically the only product I am using it with right now, and I also believe the Neutrogena lotion has alpha hydroxy in it as well. I think Alpha Hydroxy Acids are my new best friend. I had a prescription to Retin-A years ago, and I didn't like what it did to my skin. I think AHAs are a way to get Retin-A like results, with less irritation.

I've heard that with AHA your face can peel or become red and dry, but I've had no such problem with the Walgreen's cream. My face feels very well hydrated, without being oily. It's such a low concentration of AHA, that it doesn't bring on the bad side effects, only the good. Unless anything bad happens with this cream in the future, I think I'm hooked.
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Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:30 am      Reply with quote
Thanks EC. I've been thinking about going back to retin-a in the winter when I don't have so much sun exposure but maybe I'll try this instead. I see it's available online - that is, until everyone sees your post. Cool

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:41 am      Reply with quote
You're welcome! I love sharing good products. Yeah I wouldn't mind going back to retin-a as well, but I just noticed too much irritation with it at times, which bothered me... down the road I'll probably get some retin-a again.

Wow, I didn't know it was available online, that's good! I initially found this cream at a Walgreen's about 10 miles from my house. When I found out it was a little hard to find, I went to a Walgreen's 1 mile from my house to get another, and they didn't have it on the shelves! So I went back to the other one, and took the LAST jar! It's probably one of those products that they don't keep high stock of, because it's in the shadows a bit. Everyone reaches for the more popular brands, and ones with higher price tags because they think paying more money = better results.

This cream was also rated a 4.4/5 on Makeupalley. I'm reading more reviews of it right now, some are saying that it clogged their pores and was too thick. But I don't find it too thick at all. It seems perfect for my skin, and like I said, a lot of products seem to not agree with my skin.
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Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:04 am      Reply with quote
EC413,

I have checked about 3 Walgreens close by my house with no joy. I see they change up their store stock quite often so it's no shock! I am glad to hear it is available online! Thanks for posting about this, looking forward to trying it out! Smile I agree with the sentiment of not paying a fortune to get a quality product. Very Happy

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:54 pm      Reply with quote
I'm sorry you were unable to find it. Fortunately there are Walgreen's on almost every corner, so you might get lucky. Smile You're welcome. I hope you guys get the chance to try this out, I surely don't think you'll be disappointed, and if you do, you only spent $6.

Another good thing, since it's so cheap, you can practically use in anywhere on your body. My only gripe is that it's in a jar, and makes it a little less sanitary than usual to use, but I'll deal with that.
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I'm sorry you were unable to find it. Fortunately there are Walgreen's on almost every corner, so you might get lucky. Smile You're welcome. I hope you guys get the chance to try this out, I surely don't think you'll be disappointed, and if you do, you only spent $6. I'm pretty much hooked.

Another good thing, since it's so cheap, you can practically use in anywhere on your body. My only gripe is that it's in a jar, and makes it a little less sanitary than usual to use, but I'll deal with that.


I have Walgreens on almost every corner down here, so I will check a few more times at a few more stores! Smile If not I don't mind shopping online at all for a good product. As far as the jar I have tons of plastic spatulas for just that purpose, many DIY sites sell them and I also purchase them at Sally's when I am there, which is way too often! Laughing

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:08 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks for the heads up about this product. I'm usually in Walgreens 2-3 times a week so I'll see if it's available next time I'm there.

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:39 pm      Reply with quote
DarkMoon I don't know if you have tried this yet, but if you go on the Walgreen's website you can check to see if it's available in any stores around you. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but it might help you locate a jar of this. And I never thought about using some sort of spatula to scoop it out, that's a good idea to keep it clean!

Kims, you're welcome!

I honestly am just amazed I discovered this. I too, go to Walgreen's a lot and never noticed this product. But I am so thankful I did.
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Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:02 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks EC I have been to their site a gazillion times and never used that feature so I will check that out! Awesome to know that now BIG HUG!
I love the spatulas to keep creams sanitary and I have a few enzyme masks that are applied to a moist face but you have to keep water out of the jars so I (lazy me) scoop away! Laughing

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:43 pm      Reply with quote
I am most definitely dumber than dumb. I went to Walgreens website and search for "Gold in a Jar". I am laughing so hard right now as I type that tears are streaming down my face. OMG, how stupid can one person be? (don't answer that)

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I am most definitely dumber than dumb. I went to Walgreens website and search for "Gold in a Jar". I am laughing so hard right now as I type that tears are streaming down my face. OMG, how stupid can one person be? (don't answer that)


LOL We all have those moments Frodo! You cracked me up! Smile

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I am most definitely dumber than dumb. I went to Walgreens website and search for "Gold in a Jar". I am laughing so hard right now as I type that tears are streaming down my face. OMG, how stupid can one person be? (don't answer that)


LOL!! Laughing

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Frodo wrote:
I am most definitely dumber than dumb. I went to Walgreens website and search for "Gold in a Jar". I am laughing so hard right now as I type that tears are streaming down my face. OMG, how stupid can one person be? (don't answer that)


This is hilarious! (I have done equally silly things!!). Perhaps you are in need of some chocolate, Frodo? Laughing
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Frodo wrote:
I am most definitely dumber than dumb. I went to Walgreens website and search for "Gold in a Jar". I am laughing so hard right now as I type that tears are streaming down my face. OMG, how stupid can one person be? (don't answer that)


Thanks for the laugh, Frodo. I'm laughing with you not at you. I've made very similar mistakes plenty of times.

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Oops double posted! Continue downward. Laughing
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Frodo wrote:
I am most definitely dumber than dumb. I went to Walgreens website and search for "Gold in a Jar". I am laughing so hard right now as I type that tears are streaming down my face. OMG, how stupid can one person be? (don't answer that)


This is hilarious! (I have done equally silly things!!). Perhaps you are in need of some chocolate, Frodo? Laughing


Dieting Sad 14g of suger and 120g of carbs per day. I have opted for fruit instead of chocolate. Oh man, that's hard to even type as chocolate is my MAJOR downfall. Anyone who has or is dieting knows that for some stupid reason sugar IS IN EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DarkMoon I figured I should tell you about that feature in case you had missed it! And even better, you should probably call the store that says it's in stock to double check before driving!

Frodo, LOL. Thanks for my laugh of the night. I suppose I was a little misleading, although I believe Walgreen's should change the name to just "Gold In A Jar".

Also, while reading numerous reviews (all of which made me more excited to use the product) one reviewer commented saying that this product is made by TriStrata, aka NeoStrata (www.neostrata.com) which is a company that specializes in alpha hydroxy acid skin care technology. This Walgreen's cream is similar to a cream they make which they sell for about $30. I looked at the back of the jar to confirm this. Interesting to know!
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Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:36 pm      Reply with quote
EC, Thanks again, fantastic information and sage advice about calling ahead! Smile

Frodo, Laughing with you not at you! Yes sugar is everywhere unless you abstain or use the artificial crud, which I would rather pass on. Smile

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:30 pm      Reply with quote
Frodo wrote:


Dieting Sad 14g of suger and 120g of carbs per day. I have opted for fruit instead of chocolate. Oh man, that's hard to even type as chocolate is my MAJOR downfall. Anyone who has or is dieting knows that for some stupid reason sugar IS IN EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Well there you go, you do need some chocolate! I am dieting, as well, but I still have my 1 square of dark chocolate a day. Cannot be without that. Very Happy
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Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:34 pm      Reply with quote
Here's the link for the cream + ingredient list;

http://www.walgreens.com/store/catalog/Lotions-and-Creams/Alpha-Hydroxy-Face-Cream/ID=prod5822041-product

Just an FYI, it's an 8% concentration of a 70% AHA for those interested. Wink

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:12 pm      Reply with quote
I've found great deals on AHA's in TJ MAXX also so I'd suggest checking the shelves there too for a great deal on skin care.

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Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:31 am      Reply with quote
Kassy, do you see any ingredients that are particularly harmful or iffy? Just asking because I don't know a lot about ingredients...

Either way I'm going to continue using this stuff. Finding something that agrees with my skin is hard!
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:11 pm      Reply with quote
I finally found this in June too; had to go to several Walgreens before finding it. I have been wondering about AHAs lately, if they thin the skin out and damage it? I read this on the ncnproskincare.com blog. Does anyone know?
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