If you've never heard of AHAs, they're about to become your new skin saviour. AHAs are incredible skincare ingredients containing gentle acids to exfoliate skin. Read on to learn more!
If there's one beauty step that's too often skipped, it's exfoliation! However, now that it's coming up to Winter, exfoliating your dry skin becomes extra important! If you've never heard of AHAs, they're about to become your new skin saviour. AHAs are incredible skincare ingredients containing gentle acids to exfoliate the skin. They do so without the use of physical scrubs to clean at a deeper level!
What are AHAs?
AHAs actually stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acids. In natural and organic skin care products these can come from plant and fruit sugars which may provide amazing benefits to the skin such as evening out the skin tone helping to fade dark patches, promote cell turnover, hydrate and provide an overall healthy looking complexion.
What are the benefits of using AHA products?
Free from grains and beads found in other natural scrubs, AHA based products are an excellent option for those who prefer a more gentle exfoliation. They can help to remove clogged, dead skin cells and allow new, glowing skin to emerge.1 AHAs are excellent for anyone with dull, dry, ageing or sun damaged skin. They work to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pigmentation, retexture the skin, and brighten the complexion!2
Are there any considerations when using AHA products?
AHA products are fantastic for achieving glowing skin, however it's important to adhere to the usage instructions. As AHAs can also make skin sensitive to the sun, it's important to ensure that you are wearing SPF every day... even in Winter!
Which AHA products do I recommend?
The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
I often rave about The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner because it's just so good! Containing lactic acid, this exfoliator may help to balance, hydrate and boost collagen production. Ideal for maturing skin, this skin refiner is designed to remove dead cells and plump the skin. It may also help to lighten spots, firm skin and smooth roughness. Apply using a cotton wool pad after cleansing and before moisturising. You can use this product day and night!
Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant
This Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant gently cleans skin while removing dead skin cells. Containing bioactive Australian AHAs, this product is designed to improve the overall texture of the skin and promote a glowing, youthful complexion. Combined with hydrating jojoba oil, you'll be feeling refreshed and renewed! To use, apply to damp skin and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Use 2-3 times per week.
Neek Miss These Days Active Daily Moisturiser
AHAs aren't only found in exfoliators! This Neek Miss These Days Active Daily Moisturiser is formulated using natural AHAs which may help smooth the skin, promote cell turnover and control breakouts. Ideal for problematic skin, this moisturiser may also help fight against free radicals! To use, gently massage into your face after cleansing. You can use it both day and night.
Andalou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
For an instant glowing boost to the skin, this Andalou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask works to resurface the skin to leave you with a complexion that glows! Using the benefits of glycolic acid, this product helps to hydrate while gently removing dead skin cells from the surface. Formulated with a natural blend of pumpkin, Manuka honey and plant stem cells, this mask is suitable for normal to combination skin. To use, apply on clean skin for ten minutes before rinsing off. Use 1-3 times a week.
Edible Beauty No. 4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion
Another luxurious moisturiser with antioxidants and AHAs is the Edible Beauty No. 4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion. It contains citrus and fruit extracts plus Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Camellia Seed Oil for smooth, hydrated skin. You can use this lotion both day and night!
(sources: 1glycolicacid.com, 2zotheysay.com)