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Night Renewer Glycolic Acid Cream

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 Stars (2,978 Reviews)
(Based on 2978 reviews)
4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 Stars (2,978 Reviews)
(Based on 2978 reviews)

Winner — Best Anti-Aging Cream in Prevention's 2024 Healthy Skin Awards

Wake up to smooth, radiant skin after using this 2-in-1 glycolic acid treatment and hydrating night cream, best described as an “overnight facial.”

2.0 fl oz / 60 ml

Key Benefits:
  • Improves skin texture
  • Reduces dark spots
  • Softens wrinkles
  • Refines the look of pores
Key Ingredients:
  • 10% glycolic acid
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Night Renewer uses 10% glycolic acid, an AHA exfoliant that improves skin texture, fades dark spots, and reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and pores while you sleep.

Our best-selling cream is the result of years of research dedicated to perfecting a high-performance alpha hydroxy acid product suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

We’ve enhanced this overnight resurfacing treatment with a soothing and hydrating blend of squalane, shea butter, arnica flower, aloe, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin to calm and moisturize, ensuring effective results without irritation.

Increase skin cell turnover for a healthy, youthful complexion
  • Exfoliates as you sleep to remove dead skin cells, promoting smoother, brighter skin
  • Stimulates collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time
  • Helps to fade dark spots, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation, resulting in a more even skin tone
Soothing hydration keeps skin calm while using a high-potency AHA
  • Glycerin and hyaluronic acid combine with shea butter and squalane for plant-based hydration
  • Anti-inflammatory arnica flower and aloe helps sensitive skin tolerate high potency glycolic acid
  • Silky smooth and non-greasy texture for easy application

For PM use only. Apply a thin layer to the face, neck, and chest. Massage product in until it is fully absorbed.

Start slow – use 2-3 nights a week to start. Night Renewer may cause a slight tingling sensation initially, which is normal. As your skin adjusts, you may slowly increase to nightly use as tolerated.

Use a sunscreen product (broad-spectrum SPF 30 or greater) during the day.

Key Ingredients

10% Glycolic Acid


Supporting Ingredients

Squalane, Shea Butter, Arnica Flower, Aloe, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin


All Maelove products are safe for sensitive skin, made in the US, vegan, cruelty-free, non-comedogenic, gluten-free, and free of parabens, phthalates, dyes, and artificial fragrances. We don't use ingredients that are banned in the EU or in the USA.


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Product Reviews

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
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  • JC
    Julia C.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles, Oil control
    How old are you? 45-54
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Easy To Use, Healing, Gentle, Hydrating
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    22 hours ago
    Glycolic and Vitamin C

    I love it along with the Maelove Vitamin C it's perfect for my skin. I would definitely recommend it.

  • GL
    Genise L.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Acne and blemishes, Oil control, Dark spots, Fine lines and wrinkles
    How old are you? 35-44
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Great texture, Dramatic Results, Hydrating, Easy To Use, Healing
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 days ago
    Really like this glycolic cream

    I really saw great results in the texture of my skin when using this. When using AHA products I only use once a week. Over exfoliating is not a good idea.

  • LF
    Luz F.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles, Sun Damage, Dark spots
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Great texture, Easy To Use, Gentle, Healing, Hydrating
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    This is Soo soft

    This cream is so soft. I was using it nightly with my Moonlight serum. But I also got the peptide squad serum which I’m using daily and also every other night. So I’m alternating my Renew cream on the nights I’m not using the peptide. I hope this is ok. But I’m loving the renew cream my face it’s so soft on the morning

  • SC
    Soojin c c.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Redness and sensitivity, Dryness, Fine lines and wrinkles, Sun Damage, Dark spots
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Dry
    Product Standouts Easy To Use, Great texture, Hydrating, Healing
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    Excellent

    Not too heavy but enough to hydrate my skin at night

  • EC
    Eloise C.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Dark spots
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Sensitive
    Product Standouts Gentle, Healing, Dramatic Results
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    one - two - punch

    The age spots (on my 72 year old cheeks) were bothersome. I don't wear makeup, and as they darkened, I became more determined to find a way to lighten them. My Dermatologist suggested Maelove products, and I am pleased to report that, in addition to lightening the dark spots, my skin has not glowed this beautifully since I was in my teens! I use this nightly and the Glow Maker in the morning.

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For the Curious

Complete skin (epidermal) renewal occurs approximately every 28 days in young adults, while the same process takes 40 to 60 days in older people. This accumulated layer of dead skin makes the skin look rougher and the pores look more enlarged. Light reflecting on the skin also reveals a dull surface (Rodan et al. 2016). By chemically exfoliating these dead cells with hydroxy acids, one can immediately reveal smoother, brighter, and younger looking skin. Regular sloughing off of dead skin cells can also encourage faster turnover of the underlying skin cells, which again mimics the renewal process in younger skin (Kornhauser et al. 2010).

A 10% concentration of glycolic acid is the upper allowable limit for cosmetic products as regulated by the FDA. At this concentration, glycolic acid creams can be safely used and with good tolerability (Abels et al. 2011). Further, at this concentration, glycolic acid creams can be used daily, and will serve as a powerful chemical exfoliant which will improve skin texture, the appearance of lines and wrinkles. and fade hyperpigmentation over a long time. This is because the increased cell turnover will help slough off hyperpigmented skin and rapidly disperse existing pigment which helps to fade the appearance of hyperpigmentation (Kornhauser et al. 2012). Hence, a glycolic acid cream is a helpful adjunct to use along with serums that treat hyperpigmentation by quickening the process by which hyperpigmented spots are sloughed off.

Those looking for a quicker fix will often opt for a chemical peel which also may use glycolic acid but at a much higher concentrations of up to 40%. However, these quicker fixes which should only be done 1 or 2 times annually, chew through living tissue as well as dead skin cells, and so while they may be able to fade deep pigmentation and remove deep imperfections in the skin, they also may lead to scarring and require a longer healing time (Arif 2015, Chilicka et al. 2020, Garg et al. 2009, Sharad 2018).

In addition to exfoliation, high potency glycolic acid can have other benefits as well. Though not typically thought of as a collagen booster, glycolic acid can activate underlying cellular processes that accelerate collagen synthesis by fibroblasts, and modulate matrix degradation through keratinocyte released cytokines (Okano et al. 2003). This collagen building ability was found to increase with increasing concentrations of glycolic acid all while avoiding triggering inflammation when kept at a pH of 4 or higher (Narda et al. 2020). In sun-damaged skin, glycolic acid was found to increase hyaluronic acid content in the epidermis and dermis as well as increasing collagen synthesis and epidermal thickness (Bernstein et al. 2001). In other words, glycolic acid creams are a helpful adjunct to use along with other more powerful anti-aging ingredients such as retinoids to aid in the collagen building process.

Next, glycolic acid creams can maintain the acidic pH level of the skin by supporting the acid mantle which in turn has a wide range of benefits. The skin surface and stratum corneum have a naturally acidic pH between 4.1 and 5.8 and this acidity (also referred to as “acid mantle”) is essential for maintaining the health of the skin (Lukic et al. 2021). Enzymes that build ceramides and other lipids in the skin barrier function best at a pH below 5, while increased pH activates serine proteases that degrade the skin barrier (Hachem et al. 2010). An acidic skin pH is necessary for a functioning skin barrier, which keeps bad bacteria like P. acnes out and keeps moisture in. By supporting the acid mantle, hydroxy acid creams have been shown to kill P. acnes bacteria, and increase skin moisture and strengthen the skin barrier (Valle-Gonzalez et al. 2020, Hachem et al. 2010, Rawlings et al 1996). Along with its exfoliative properties, supporting the acid mantle is one way in which high potency glycolic acid creams treat mild acne even when used alone as a monotherapy (Abels et al. 2011).

Since glycolic acid creams will increase the sun sensitivity of the skin (Kaidbey et al. 2003), this product should be used only at night, and paired with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 during the day. High potency glycolic acid creams may also be irritating, particularly for those with sensitive skin. A supporting cast of squalane, shea butter, arnica flower, aloe, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid allows this high strength product to simultaneously hydrate, soothe and further soften and moisturize skin making it easier to tolerate for those with sensitive skin. However, for those with very sensitive skin, a lower potency hydroxy acid serum with skin smoothing peptides such as the Super Smooth serum is a better option.

Yes. Glycolic acid and other alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic acid have been tested in animals and showed no teratogenic effects (Chien et al. 2016, Putra et al. 2022). Glycolic acid and lactic acid are only absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream in negligible amounts and is considered safe in pregnancy at the levels used in over the counter products (Bozzo et al. 2011, Putra et al. 2022). The moisturizing ingredients are all considered generally safe to use topically during pregnancy and lactation. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor regarding skin care products and ingredients.

Abels C, Kaszuba A, Michalak I, Werdier D, Knie U, Kaszuba A (2011). “A 10% glycolic acid containing oil-in-water emulsion improves mild acne: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial.” J Cosmet Dermatol 10(3): 202-209.

Arif T (2015). “Salicylic acid as a peeling agent: a comprehensive review.” Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 8:455-461.

Chilicka K, Rogowska AM, Szygula R, Taradaj J (2020). “Examining Quality of Life after Treatment with Azelaic and Pyruvic Acid Peels in Women with Acne Vulgaris.” Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 13:469-477

Garg VK, Sinha S, Sarkar R (2008). “Glycolic Acid Peels Versus Salicylic-Mandelic Acid Peels in Active Acne Vulgaris and Post-Acne Scarring and Hyperpigmentation: A Comparative Study.” Dermatol Surg 35:59-65.

Kornhauser A, Coelho SG, Hearing VJ (2012). “Effects of Cosmetic Formulations Containing Hydroxy acids on Sun-Exposed Skin: Current Applications and Future Developments.” Dermatology Research and Practice. Doi: 10.1155/2012/710893.

Sharad J (2013). “Glycolic acid peel therapy – a current review.” Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 6:281-288.

Abels C, Kaszuba A, Michalak I, Werdier D, Knie U, Kaszuba A (2011). “A 10% glycolic acid containing oil-in-water emulsion improves mild acne: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial.” J Cosmet Dermatol 10(3): 202-209.

Bernstein EF, Lee J, Brown DB, Yu R, van SE (2001). “Glycolic acid treatment increases type I collagen mRNA and hyaluronic acid content of human skin.” Dermatol Surg 27(5): 429–433.

Hachem JP, Roelandt T, Schurer N, Pu X, Fluhr J, Giddelo C, Man MQ, Crumrine D, Roseeuw D, Feinhold KR, Mauro T, Elias PM (2010). “Acute Acidification of Stratum Corneum Membrane Domains Using Polyhydroxyl Acids Improves Lipid Processing and Inhibits Degradation of Corneodesmosomes.” Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 130:500-510.

Lukic M, Pantelic I, Savic SD. (2021). “Towards Optimal pH of the Skin and Topical Formulations: From the Current State of the Art to Tailored Products.” Cosmetics 8,69. doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics8030069.

Narda M, Trullas C, Brown A, Piquero-Casals J, Granger C, Fabbrocini G.(2021) “Glycolic acid adjusted to pH 4 stimulates collagen production and epidermal renewal without affecting levels of proinflammatory TNF-alpha in human skin explants.” Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology 20:513-521.

Okano Y, Abe Y, Masaki H, Santhanam U, Ichihashi M, Funasaka Y. “Biological effects of glycolic acid on dermal matrix metabolism mediated by dermal fibroblasts and epidermal keratinocytes.” Exp Dermatol. 2003; 12 Suppl 2: 57–63.

Rawlings AV, Davies A, Carlomusto M, Pillai S, Zhang K, Kosturko R, Verdejo P, Feinberg C, Nguyen L, Chandar P (1996). “Effect of lactic acid isomers on keratinocyte ceramide synthesis, stratum corneum lipid levels and stratum corneum barrier function.” Arch Dermatol Res 288:383–90.

Schreml S, Meier RJ, Albert MG, Seidl U, Zeller V, Behm B, Landthaler M, Abels C, Babilas P (2012). “The Impact of 10% alpha-Hydroxy Acid Emulsion on Skin pH.” Skin Pharmacol Physiol 25(1): 34-38.

Valle-Gonzalez ER, Hackman JA, Yoon BK, Mokrzecka N, Cho NJ (2020). “pH-Dependent Antibacterial Activity of Glycolic Acid: Implications for Anti-Acne Formulations.” Scientific Reports 10:7491.


Kaidbey K, Sutherland B, Bennett P, Wamer WG, Barton C, Dennis D, Kornhauser A (2003). “Topical glycolic acid enhances photodamage by ultraviolet light.” Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine 19(1): 21-27.


Bozzo P, Chua-Gocheco A, Einarson A (2011). “Safety of skin care products during pregnancy.” Canadian Family Physician 57: 665-667.

Chien AL, Rainer B, Sachs DL, Helfrich YR (2016). “Treatment of Acne in Pregnancy.” J Am Board Fam Med. 29: 254-262.

Putra IB, Jusuf NK, Dewi NK (2022). “Skin Changes and Safety Profile of Topical Products During Pregnancy.” J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 15(2): 49-57.

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