Hi beauties! Today I am getting a little science-y with the post. I have always been fascinated by science; chemistry and biology in particular. Now, I wasn’t always the best in these subjects but I managed 🙂 and I loved it. I am a firm believer, that science goes hand in hand with skin care. I mean think about it; a scientist in a lab puts together chemicals that when applied to the skin have a reaction, to either eliminate a blemish, exfoliate or even slow down aging. I want to discuss a particular form of acids that I am currently obsessed with– keep reading to learn more!
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (or AHAs) are often used in many skin care product like serums, scrubs, gels etc. I know what you are thinking: “oh my goodness! acids! is that even safe?” the answer in a nutshell is yes as the FDA regulates this (see here 😉 for more details from the FDA site). However, do keep in mind that all skin is different and if you are interested in trying a product that contains an AHA, you should do a patch test to make sure you don’t have any reactions (although you should always do this when trying something new). There are different types of AHAs– glycolic, lactic, malic, citric, and tartaric. The two that I have personally used are lactic and glycolic acids and I’ll explain why I am in love with products that contain these.
AHAs work by exfoliating the surface of the skin and removing the dead skin cells that sit on top. This is insanely helpful for anyone who may have acne scarring, acne, fine lines, and large pores. You’ll notice that a lot of the products that contain AHAs do talk a big game. I am currently using the Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. I can’t attest to the reduction of the fine lines (I don’t really have them), but this has been the only thing to help me get rid of acne scars, and my acne. The next day after using products that contain AHAs, I am always super pleased– my skin looks smoother, glowing and plump (in a good way!).
Now, on to some of the products that I love that contain these acids. The first product, I have actually already written about, is the Lancome Visionnaire Crescendo Progressive Night Peel. This is jam packed with AHAs. I honestly saw positive, noticeable results after ONE night! You can read more about it here ♥ The next product that I love (and as mentioned before I am still using it), is the Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment. This product is a bit pricey, but it works! Personally, the only thing that I don’t like about this product is the scent. It’s got and odd smell that I am just not fond of– I honestly can’t even describe it. When I first tried this, my skin was at war with me. I had a very bad break out on my chin area that just wouldn’t go away. I used this after cleansing my face every night and it definitely made a difference. Right now you can get a bundle package at Sephora which includes the lactic acid treatment in a 0.5 oz bottle and the Luna Sleeping Night Oil (also 0.5 oz) for $85. This is perfect if you are looking to try more than one Sunday Riley product.
If you decide to go for it and use a product with AHAs, please be sure to use a sunscreen as using these kinds of products can cause your skin to be sensitive to sunlight.
I hope this post is useful for you beauties! Until next post ♥♦