AHAs – What Are AHAs and Should I be using them?
AHAs, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids are actually molecules found in fruit and milk.
Normal Facial scrubs exfoliate your skin using little particles you can feel with your fingers.
In AHA skincare products you can’t feel the exfoliating bits but they sure are there.
AHAs are generally more effective than traditional exfoliating products, resulting in softer smoother skin after use. Alpha hydroxy acids act as chemical exfoliants, which help to loosen and get rid of the dead skin cells on your skin’s surface, revealing the newer, fresher skin underneath.
Benefit of using AHAs:
- they help with fine lines and wrinkles
- lighten darken spots on your skin, such as sun spots and pigmentation
- smoother looking and feeling skin
- fewer breakouts
Things to be aware of when using AHAs:
While using AHAs is that your sensitivity to sun can be increased. make sure you wear sunscreen every day.
Sensitive skin may react to AHAs, as with any product always test first.
There are some amazing AHA treatments available at some beauty salons – one product I have used and loved is Pelactiv. There are also some AHA ranges available at your local pharmacy – just check the percentage of AHA in your product so you know what you are getting 🙂
The salon treatments are more concentrated and need to be performed by a beauty professional. But if that’s not your thing, there are many nice retail ranges available that you can use – they are less concentrated but getting the AHAs onto your skin regularly will help bring out the beautiful, fresh skin underneath.