In relation to beauty products, the word ‘acid’ sounds scary but these are all natural acids that are diluted with water and other ingredients so they can’t drastically change your skin.
AHA’s help gently remove a layer of skin so that new skin cells can generate and take their place.
Types of AHA:
𝘓𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘈𝘤𝘪𝘥 – Dissolves dead skin cells, lightly exfoliates, clears out toxins and debris, boosts the production of collagen, brightens and hydrates your skin. Over time, it can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
𝘎𝘭𝘺𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘈𝘤𝘪𝘥 – Promotes cell turnover, stimulates collagen production, tackles dullness, boosts brightness and radiance, gently exfoliates, makes skin appear more plump. Overtime, it will helps hyper pigmentation and dark spots. (This is a bit harsher than Lactic Acid so don’t over use it – will be more suitable for sensitive skin types).
𝐁𝐇𝐀’𝐬 are effective on spot-prone skin; Salicylic Acid is the only BHA. This acid helps to dissolve old skin cells and effectively unclogs them. Even if you don’t have acne prone skin, this acid helps even out oily patches that many of us have on our skin!
Multi Acid Treatments
Also known as L-ascorbic acid, Ascorbic Acid is the the most effective form of Vitamin C in skincare. Some of its proven benefits; aiding collagen production, increases elasticity, evens pigmentation, brightens complexion, improves skin resilience, reverses signs of ageing (especially wrinkles and dark spots). It’s also an anti inflammatory and will give your skin maximum repair and healing while you sleep!
𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘴:The Ordinary – Vitamin C Suspension 23% – £4.90
The Inkey List – Vitamin C Serum – £7.99
Hyaluronic Acid helps skin repair itself, helps to hydrate and improve elasticity, increases skin hydration levels and makes skin more plump and less dull. It acts as a moisture/ hydration booster for your skin. It’s able to do this as it hold 1000x it’s weight in water, and acts as an attracting substance that pulls water from the air or deep within your skin to the outer layer of your skin so your skin can absorb it.
This acid can be mixed with any other ingredient/ acid – don’t let the word ‘acid’ fool you. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in our bodies tissues. It’s also what’s injected into the skin as botox fillers to give skin a youthful glow.
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞:
✨ALWAYS wear SPF
✨If a tingling sensation occurs when using acids that’s completely normal, it just means the products are working. If your skin burns or feels irritated you should discontinue use.
✨Don’t mix all of your acids and make sure you do your research. Some acids should only be used at night.
✨The higher the % of acid, the more intensive the treatment will be. Always start with a low concentrate (%) first and work your way up to a higher % incase your skin reacts to the ingredient.