Ladies (and gents), are you using the right products to ensure your beautiful skin remains radiant? Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s) are an all-important factor for maintaining the ‘I’ve had 2 pints of water and slept for 9 hours straight’ look. AHA’s will keep your complexion glowing even If you have partied the night away.
There’s no denying it – Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are essential if you want to stay beautiful. Let me explain:
These naturally occurring compounds work as crazy-good exfoliators. Exfoliation is necessary in order to speed up the process of skin renewal (this slows due to aging). These incredible exfoliators rid the skin of dead cells, thus making way for new ones to appear. The outcome is beautifully luminous and smooth skin. Hooray!
These ingredients stimulate and increase blood flow, reducing the sight of fine lines and other pesky signs of aging.
Better yet, AHAs help to eradicate acne and dark spots.
Which Exfoliator To Choose?
The most popular AHA is glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane) as This smart compound targets only the dead skin cells. I am a huge fan of Neostrata’s Skin Renewal Peel Solution ($75). This includes 10% glycol acid and has an immediate smoothing effect.
Found in sour milk, this AHA is more gentle and kinder on the skin, so If you have sensitive skin this would be the perfect choice. If hyperpigmentation is the bane of your life, treat your complexion to Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, 40% lactic acid and priced at $105.
Sourced from citrus fruits, exfoliators with this component will offer your complexion a serious boost of radiance, even out skin tone and aid in the destruction of dead cells. Try Etat Pur, Citric Acid, £12.
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Malic acid is derived from apples. This AHA gem is crazy good at seeking out and eliminating dark spots. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads are a stellar find ($45).
Never forget that AHAs remove dead skin cells, so your skin will be more susceptible to UV damage. Always use a high SPF!