AHA sounds like something we heard in chemistry class years ago, but in the beauty world, it's a commonly used acid used to exfoliate the skin. So what does AHA exactly stand for?
Alpha Hydroxy Acid...now that sounds even more intimidating. These acids are actually found naturally in ingredients such as milk, and sugar canes, which respectively produce lactic acid and glycolic acids (the most common examples of AHA).
AHA provides an array of benefits especially for those who are worried about aging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines.
These acids have impressive exfoliating properties that effectively remove the "adhesive" that binds outer layers of dead skin cells together, which can lead to dull-looking skin and possible breakouts
With the outer layers of dead skin removed, this also allows better access for serums and creams to the healthy layers of skin to more effectively absorb nutrients, leaving skin more supple and hydrated.
AHAs help treat damage and hyper-pigmentation from the sun and heat, by lightening dark spots, brightening, and balancing out uneven overall skin tone.
Exfoliation, in general, promotes blood flow and healthy activity beneath the skin, and AHA assists in this by working at a deeper level to stimulate collagen and elastin production. This results in firmer and more plump skin.
AHA have often been used by dermatologists and at treatment spas. But with advancing skincare technologies, our over-the-counter products also contain AHA and can do the trick at home!
AHA Cleansing Wash by BCL is cleansing cream that lathers into a foam that replenishes dull and dry skin, by removing the build-up of dirt and dead skin cells from clogged pores. And, it leaves behind the light refreshing scent of apples!
AHA Cleansing Water, also by BCL, is a more innovative product that is multipurpose! It's oil-free and can be used as a preliminary step to remove makeup or as a toner to gently cleanse skin a second time, while tightening enlarged pores and leaving your skin feeling refreshed and cool.
AHA products are great additions to both prevent future wrinkles and reduce the appearance of existing ones. Rejuvenate your skin and reduce the effects of aging and the sun, all in one with beauty science, AHAs!