Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's)November 01, 2016
Here is some short and to the point information on one of the most powerful ingredients in Skin care products. AHA's work by dissolving the glue like lipids holding skin cells together and can penetrate deep into the skin to loosen these clingy bonds.
AHA's also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids are an active ingredient in skin care products. Active ingredients mean they can stimulate and penetrate the top of the skin and actually make changes to the appearance of the skin. AHA's occur naturally in milks,fruits and sugar cane. The AHA's most commonly used in skincare are Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, Mandelic acid and Citric acid.
These ingredients can help soften the appearance of skin wrinkling, even skin tones, clear blemishes, hydrate, lighten pigmented areas, and soften and smooth the skin. AHA's are most commonly used as exfoliants in skincare. They act on the surface of the skin to shed away dead skin cells, improving the appearance of the skin.
- GLYCOLIC ACID- From Sugar Cane. Has the smallest molecule so it works the quickest and deepest into the skin out of all the AHA's. Great for repairing sun damaged, pigmented skin, ageing skin(fine lines), acne, blackheads and oil, dry/dull skin, blemished skin.
- LACTIC ACID- From Milk. Largest molecule and it has less irritation than glycolic acid. Great for hydrating the skin, lessen pigmentation and over all resurfacing of the skin.
- MANDELIC ACID- Made from from Bitter Almonds. Works only on or near the surface of the skin so the results take slower to show. Mandelic acid is good for Acne and Anti ageing.
- CITRIC ACID- From citrus fruits- helps to increase cell turnover, brighten the skin and lighten pigmentation. Weak acid.
Look for these ingredients in your products and make sure they are of good quality. Products with these ingredients are not going to be cheap as they are not cheap to source and make. But they will change your skin so it is worth the investment. When these ingredients are more to the top-middle of the ingredient list you know it has a decent amount in it. If its towards the very end it may have very little in it and not enough to truly work on your skin. A lot of brands state they use ACTIVE ingredients, but they fail to say how much or how little. ALWAYS buy from a reliable place when it comes to skin care and read the ingredient list.
Using AHA's in my skincare routine has really changed my skin. I used to have very bad rough irritated skin on my cheeks that felt like sandpaper (so not attractive). After introducing more AHA's products into my routine it has really cleared up. I am obsessed with these ingredients and I truly believe they are the game changers in skincare seen results on both myself and using them in the treatment room with clients.
Next post to come this week is all about BHA's (BETA HYDROXY ACIDS).
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