Alpha Hydroxy Acids, or AHA’s as you may more commonly know them, aren’t new at all, but they are fast becoming the”it” ingredients in town. The 2017 skincare forecast is looking like a who’s who of exciting and modern ingredients, and while AHA’s may not be that new, they sure have our attention.
Where do AHA’s come from?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are naturally occurring acids, derived from citrus fruits, milk and sugar. There are lots of various kinds, but the ones most commonly used in skincare products are Glycolic Acid, derived from sugar cane, and Lactic Acid, derived from sour milk. Not only do they work in synergy with our skin much better than other forms of AHA’s, but they are also gentler on our complexions.
Why are Alpha Hydroxy Acids good for our skin?
A lot of people see the word “acids” and are immediately put off about using them on their skin. AHA’s however, are actually incredibly effective chemical exfoliants, and can be much gentler on the skin than using a physically abrasive scrub. They slough away the dead cells sitting on top of your skin to prevent the signs of ageing and blemishes, so that your complexion has a beautiful and radiant glow.
By smoothing out the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, over time skin appears much healthier and more youthful looking; making AHA’s an important part of your skincare routine. They are also brilliant at reducing the effects of sun damage and spotting on the skin, where environment and UV rays have taken their toll. Incorporating these acids into your routine can vastly improve your skin’s health, and are brilliant if you suffer from sensitivity from using a physical and grain-based scrub.
We love Dermalogica’s Superfoliant, which is a Charcoal based Rice Powder infused with AHA’s to effectively dissolve away signs of pollution on the skin and leave you with a clearer and much healthier complexion.