Adding AHAs to Your Skincare Routine
Once you begin exploring the many, quite literal, layers of skincare, sometimes it can feel like falling into a rabbit hole. The choices are endless and there are so many unpronounceable ingredients on the back label of skincare products, that at the end of the day, all you feel is baffled and a tad frustrated.
One of the big mysteries are definitely AHAs. We frequently encounter this acronym, but few of us know what it stands for and what it entails. c At the end of the day, you only want what’s best for your skin, and believe us, this ingredient is at the top of the list.
What are they?
AHAs stand for alpha hydroxy acids, which is a class a chemical compounds that can come in both natural and synthetic form. Most often, they derive from organic sugars, with glycolic acid (from sugar cane) and lactic acid (from milk). Now, the first one is known to be the most effective as its molecules are so small that it allows them to penetrate the skin faster and make a quicker and more visible impact.
The latter, on the other hand is known to be gentler and provide slower but more long-lasting results. Today, they are present in a great number of skincare products, and for a good reason.
What are the benefits?
AHAs were primarily meant to be used by those fighting such skin issues as congested skin, acne, wrinkles, and it’s also a terrific ingredient to rely on when dealing with oily skin and pigmentation. AHAs will provide you with a glowing, flawless and even complexion you have always dreamed of. There are numerous amazing ingredients, but when it comes to these issues, AHAs take the crown.
Now, as said, glycolic acid is much stronger, and should not be used by people with super-sensitive skin as it can cause irritation. The good news is, there is the gentler option – lactic acid that can be used safely by people with different skin types. Products with lower concentration of this particular ingredient are best for those who are just now getting acquainted with AHAs.
Final pearl of wisdom – until your skin becomes fully acquainted and comfortable with one of the two acids, the best route to take is to chose one AHA product and stick with it. Layering several products containing this ingredient can be harsh on the skin, so make sure to err on the side of safety. Now that we know that it’s all about mill and sugar derivatives, and not the scary acids we were taught about in chemistry class, let’s explore some of the amazing products so you can take your pick.
Where to find them?
One of the most acclaimed products out there, one of the four key ingredients of which is precisely the gentler, lactic acid, is the Aspect Dr Deep Clean Facial Cleanser which can be found at the My Skin Solution online skin care store. The fact that they produce cosmeceutical skin care products is precisely the reason we trust the brand. For those ‘not in the know’, products of this variety contain bioactive ingredients that have medicinal properties, which makes them trustworthy and safe to use.
This particular cleanser is great for everyone with oily skin prone to extreme breakouts, as well as those battling pigmentation and signs of aging. It serves a double purpose – cleansing and exfoliating, and that’s the additional perk – you virtually get two products in one.
If you haven’t introduced serums into your skincare regimen, perhaps it’s time to do so. Sunday Riley – Good Genes serum is powerful, yet gentle (lactic acid) so it’s quite likely to suit even sensitive skin. This serum is one of the favorites among skincare enthusiasts. Just to be on the safe side, test the product on your skin (hand, arm) before applying to your face. This is the best way to test whether you’re allergic to the acid, as this may happen, although not often. If there are no signs, then go ahead and make room for it in your skincare family.
Finally, if you do realize that your skin is too sensitive to be using AHAs-based products on a daily basis, but you still want to reap the benefits of the acid, one of the safest ways to do so is with a face mask. The usage of face masks isn’t recommended more than twice a week, which makes this a win-win situation. One of the best options for this skincare occasional quest star is definitely the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask that promises to improve skin texture and radiance dramatically.
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