Why AHA's are revolutionary and a must have in your skincare routine!
Posted on February 26 2020
It doesn’t matter what your primary skin concerns are – large pores, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, a lackluster complexion. The ultimate goal is to have skin that radiates so much that your lit factor gives the sun a run for its money. What if we told you there was a product category out there that helped you reach said glowy goddess goals? Because there is, and it’s really easy to incorporate into your current skincare regimen.
Enter in Alpha-Hydroxy Acids aka AHA (the word acid makes it sound scary but its really not).
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of plant and animal-derived acids used in a variety of skincare products. These include daily anti-aging products, such as serums, toners, and creams, as well as occasional concentrated treatments via chemical peels.
There are seven types of AHAs commonly used in products available throughout the skincare industry. These include:
- citric acid (from citrus fruits)
- glycolic acid (from sugar cane)
- hydroxycaproic acid (from royal jelly)
- hydroxycaprylic acid (from animals)
- lactic acid (from lactose or other carbohydrates)
- malic acid (from fruits)
- tartaric acid (from grapes)
Research on the uses and efficacy of AHAs is extensive. However, out of all the AHAs available, glycolic and lactic acids are the most promising and well researched. These two AHAs are also
Here are 7 benefits of AHA's
AHAs are primarily used to exfoliate your skin. In fact, this is the foundation for all of the other benefits AHAs offer.
Exfoliation refers to a process where the skin cells on the surface shed off. This helps remove dead skin cells but also makes way for new skin cell generation.
As you age, your natural skin cell cycle slows down, which can make dead skin cells build-up. When you have too many dead skin cells, they can accumulate and make your complexion look dull.
Dead skin cell accumulation can also enhance other underlying skin issues, such as:
- age spots
Still, not all AHAs have the same exfoliating power. The amount of exfoliation is determined by the type of AHA you use. As a rule of thumb, the more AHAs contained in a product, the more powerful the exfoliating effects. Try our 10% AHA Radiance Toner which contains 5 out of 7 AHAs for intense skin glow in just a few weeks.
When these acids exfoliate your skin, dead skin cells are broken down. The new skin revealed beneath is brighter and more radiant. AHAs with glycolic acid can help break down skin cell accumulation, while products with citric acid can brighten your skin even further.
For daily benefits, try out Intense Brightening Lotion. It contains citric acid and aloe vera gel for both brightness and soothing effects.
Collagen is a protein-rich fiber that helps keep your skin plump and smooth. As you age, these fibers break down. Sun damage may also accelerate collagen destruction. This can result in sallow, sagging skin.
Collagen itself is in the middle layer of your skin (dermis). When the upper layer (epidermis) is removed, products such as AHAs can go to work on the dermis. AHAs may help promote collagen production by destroying old collagen fibers to make way for new ones.
For a collagen boost, try out Collagen Sublingual Drops which also have Citric Acid in them for extra brightness.
AHAs are known for their anti-aging effects, and surface lines are no exception. One
Still, it’s important to remember that AHAs work for surface lines and wrinkles only, not deeper wrinkles. Professional fillers from a doctor, as well as other procedures such as laser resurfacing, are the only methods that work for really deep wrinkles.
AHAs have anti-inflammatory properties that can help promote blood flow to the skin. This can help correct pale, dull complexions. Proper blood flow also ensures that skin cells get the necessary nutrients needed via oxygen-rich red blood cells.
Your risk for skin discoloration increases with age. For example, flat brown spots, known as age spots (lentigines), may develop as a result of sun exposure. They tend to develop on areas of the body that are exposed to the sun most often, such as your chest, hands, and face.
Discoloration may also result from:
- post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- acne scars
AHAs promote skin cell turnover. New skin cells are evenly pigmented. Usage of AHAs reduces skin discoloration by encouraging the old, discolored skin cells to turn over.
You may be familiar with benzoyl peroxide and other acne-fighting ingredients for stubborn blemishes. AHAs may also help treat and prevent recurring acne.
Acne pimples occur when your pores are clogged with a combination of dead skin cells, oil (sebum), and bacteria. Exfoliating with AHAs can help loosen and remove the clog. Continued use may also prevent future clogs from forming.
AHAs may also reduce the size of enlarged pores, which are commonly seen in acne-prone skin. Skin cell turnover from exfoliating glycolic and lactic acids can even reduce acne scars. Some acne products also contain other AHAs, such as citric and malic acids, to help soothe inflamed skin.
And AHAs aren’t just for your face! You can use AHA products on other acne-prone areas, including your backside and chest.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it can take two to three months before you start to see significant acne improvements. It’s important to be patient while the products work to relieve acne over time. You also need to use the products consistently—skipping daily treatments makes it take longer for the ingredients to work.