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Guide to Natural AHA Skin Care
Anything to do with 'acids' can set off alarm bells, but did you know that Alpha Hydroxy Acids, or AHAs, can actually be totally natural? These amazing ingredients come from natural fruits and sugars and are incredible in face masks, cleansers and exfoliators, so I've put together this guide to the best natural AHA skin care.
Have you heard of Alpha Hydroxy Acids? More commonly known as AHAs, they are actually derived from natural sugars and fruit extracts, despite the fancy terminology. AHAs make amazing ingredients in natural skin care thanks to their brightening, stimulating and exfoliating abilities, making natural AHA skin care ideal for anyone with dull, tired or mature skin in need of a revival.
What are AHAs?
AHAs, otherwise known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids, actually work to dissolve dead and dry skin cells to leave you with a visibly brighter and smoother complexion, rather than scrubbing dead skin away like a physical exfoliant (a scrub) would do. I know that anything to do with an acid can sound harsh, but AHAs are actually naturally derived! Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid from sugars and enzymes are two of the most common AHAs found in natural skin care, as well as natural fruit acids from fresh produce such as Lemon, Pineapple, Apple and even Pumpkin. AHAs work to encourage skin cell turnover and repair, helping to fade and reduce the appearance of scars, pigmentation and sun spots.
Best natural AHA exfoliators
The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
A long-time bestselling favourite, the The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner contains fermented wholefoods, Probiotics and Lactic Acid to break down old skin cells, improve cell turnover and smooth and firm up the complexion. This liquid formula can applied to a cotton pad, swiped all over the face and left on the skin as a toner to work its magic, naturally boosting collagen production to help plump and moisturise skin as well as unclog the pores of acne-prone skin.
KORA Organics Age-Defying AHA Facial Exfoliator
Another of my favourite natural AHA-packed exfoliators is the KORA Organics Age-Defying AHA Facial Exfoliator. With natural sugars and fruit extracts, this smoothing and brightening treatment can be applied to clean, dry skin in a fine layer and left on for five minutes before being removed with a damp cloth. It's suitable for all skin types and also includes calming Chamomile, Green Tea and Noni Extracts to soften, brighten and tone the skin and leave it nice and glowy.
Natural AHA masks
Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask
If you're after an instant brightening effect, you'll love the Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask. This stimulating mask gets its AHA superpowers from active fruit acids, Vitamin C, Lactic Acid and soothing Elderflower to target dull and mature skin, fade age spots and pigmentation, and encourage greater skin cell regeneration and turnover. To use, apply to the face, neck and décolletage for 5-10 minutes then remove to reveal fresh, bright and clear skin.
Andalou Naturals Brightening Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
Another great brightener is the Andalou Naturals Brightening Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask. Pumpkin Puree and Glycolic Acid work to melt away dry and dead skin cells, while Manuka Honey and Vitamin C soothe and brighten the skin's surface and even out tone and texture. Plumping and refining, it can be used by all skin types but is not recommended for very sensitive skin or those prone to redness.
Best natural AHA cleanser
100% Pure Berry Nectar Cleanser
If you want to continue enjoying the benefits of natural AHAs in other parts of your skin care routine, why not try an AHA-packed cleanser? I love the 100% Pure Berry Nectar Cleanser as it relies on natural berry extracts from Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry and Green Apple to gently wash away makeup, bacteria and any impurities without washing away those important natural oils. The thin consistency of this cleanser makes it ideal for use in conjunction with a Konjac sponge for a deeper cleanse.
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