Beauty, skin, Uncategorized

Alpha Hydroxy Acids: What are they, how do they work and why should I use them?

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 23.05.56In my bid for the best skin possible, I’ve delved into the world of acid skincare.

Now I know that sounds super scary, and I will admit I was terrified but after a little investigation and testing, it seems that acids can be gentle.

So what the heck are Alpha Hydroxy Acids I hear you cry!

Well, they’re a group of natural acids which come from food, mmm food. The most commonly used ones are Glycolic and Lactic, but there is also Malic, Citric acid and Tartaric. Out of Glycolic and Lactic, Lactic is the one you’re going to want to pick if you KNOW you have sensitive skin, if not Glycolic is the one for you.

But what do they do?

Basically they’re exfoliants. Now I know you may be reading thinking hold on, an exfoliator must contain grains of sand paper and feel like it’s scrubbing a layer of skin off! But actually not all exfoliators come that way. Some are a lot less aggressive and abrasive, some require no scrubbing at all!

Okay, so how does this magic work?

Essentially the Alpha Hydroxy Acids un-glue dead skin cells from the top layer of skin, and increase skin cell turnover. This leaves a fresher, smoother, brighter complexion; sounds great right!

Anything else I should know before I RUN out and buy some?

You HAVE to wear suncream when you are using them. Now, I personally think you should wear it every day anyway because sun damage is what ages you the most. If, however, you don’t love suncream every day, you must when you use AHA’s as they make your skin more susceptible to sun damage.

Look for an AHA between 5-7%, but bear in mind that the higher the %, the more chance of irritation. On the irritation side of things, you’ll want to build up the use of the acid. Start with it once a week under your serum and moisturiser, then build to every other night, then use it ‘neat’.
But always listen to your skin, if it feels wrong then stop!

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