Rejuvenate, rejuvenate rejuvenate,
That is the phrase that springs to mind, when we discuss lovely Alpha Hydroxy Acids,
Often referred to as AHA’s.
Ingredients extracted from naturally occurring acids,
That can dramatically help to improve the look and feel of your skin.
Yesterday, I looked at the sexy little number salicylic acid, today were going to discover how lovely Alpha Hydroxy acids can help your skin.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid
The word ‘Alpha Hydroxy Acid’ is in fact a bit of a misnomer,
Because there are a number of Alpha Hydroxy Acid ingredients, used in skin care.
These acids are commonly found in vegetables, fruits and human cells:
- Malic Acid: Derived from pears and apples
- Mandelic Acid: Derived from bitter almonds
- Citric Acid: Derived from oranges and lemons
- Tartaric Acid: Derived from grapes and passion fruit
- Glycolic Acid: Derived from pineapple, cantaloupe, sugar cane and grapes
- Lactic Acid: An AHA that is naturally present in milk, cheese, yogurt and even meat
Glycolic acid is the most popular fruit acid, used in facial treatments.
Citric and Lactic acid are also often used.
Their tiny molecular structure, means penetration through the outer layer of skin, is very effective.
Understanding Alpha Hydroxy Acid
So how do these acids work.
As we age, our cellular turnover slows right down.
Old dry cells adhere to the skins surface, making it look dull and lifeless.
Mild concentrations of AHA’s, work by weakening the binding properties of the lipids.
The glue like substances, that bind skin cells to each other.
They gently dissolve dry, dead skin cells, peeling them off to reveal a youthful, healthy skin.
Long term use of high concentrations of Alpha Hydroxy acids, also boosts the skin’s collagen.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid Products
There are many products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
If your looking for a product that gets results, purchase one that has Alpha Hydroxy Acids listed as the second or third ingredient; this way you will be assured your product, contains the recommended concentrations of beneficial AHA’s.
Ideally a good concentration will contain, between 5 and 7 percent Alpha hydroxy acids, this will give the skin, a pH acidity of 4.5 to 5.5, which is the key, to maintaining a healthy barrier.
The Naked Truth
If you really want to great results from topical Alpha Hydroxy Acids, I recommend a mild night preparation.
Make sure you alternate this with a good anti-aging cream, preferably a cosmeceutical which contains Vitamin C or Antioxidants.
On a final note, because you really want your product to work it’s magic on your skin, I would advise against using cleansers that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids, instead opt for a moisturiser which will stay on your skin, long enough to have any real benefit.
Don’t forget, only use these formulas to treat thick oily skin, not sensitive and top up your sun lotion.