Know Your Acids and What They Do For You
If you are a skincare enthusiast and want the best for your skin, by now you have already heard about several acids in serums and moisturisers. But do you know what exactly they are and what they are capable of to their entirety? Often using an expensive product, containing these, turns out rather poorly than a solution for our problems. The reason may be hiding in the answers we are going to provide you here. Let’s find out all we need to know about acids before putting them onto our precious skin.
According to Renee Rouleau, a famous esthetician, “It (acid) works to dissolve and digest dead skin cells. It kind of dissolves the glue that holds dry, expired cells together.” Acids are the ‘actives’ in every skincare product. There are a variety of acids available such as the AHA, BHA, Ascorbic acid etc.Without wasting anymore time let's get to know our skin’s best friends more closely.
Lactic Acid - The AHA Queen
Lactic acid belongs to the AHA family. It is an exfoliant which is not very aggressive. It gently removes all dead skin cells from our skin while providing mild moisturization. In combination with hyaluronic acid it can do wonders for dehydrated skin. As it is mild and doesn’t react and convert so much, it is also a good starting point for a beginner in acid use. We have the Great Glow - Lactic Acid Serum containing 10% Lactic and 1% Glycolic (discussed below) acid, which can be your pick to try out the acid world.
Glycolic Acid - Your Acne Warrior
Another mild exfoliant from the AHA family, Glycolic acid, also battles against acne causing germs. Not famous like the Salicylic or Niacinamide but absolutely effective protecting your skin from acne, blackheads and excess oil. Combined with its cousin Lactic acid, it gives the basic care for your skin to be healthy, hydrated and glowing.
Mandelic Acid - The Quiet Worker
Mandelic is not considered as a star by itself and most skincare lines use it with other active ingredients. This Quiet AHA partakes in exfoliation as well as reducement of hyperpigmentation and acne. It is also proven that use of Mandelic acid regularly, shows impressive results in firming skin and reducing wrinkles.
Ascorbic Acid - The Star Vitamin C
Our first love vitamin C is to skin what your soulmate is to you. Your skincare routine cannot be completed without some vitamin C in it. It reduces hyperpigmentation, works on your fine lines and wrinkles and decreases dryness caused by other acids. It also helps produce collagen to provide your skin elasticity. The greatest thing is, it removes dead skin cells and brightens your skin naturally. If one acid is enough for you then my hearty recommendation goes to the one and only vitamin C. You have to try our Better brightening - Vitamin C Serum with 20% vitamin C and you will be a fan too.
Salicylic Acid - The Ultimatum for Acne
Our favourite Salicylic acid is a BHA which has the ability to get through the oil that clogs your pores. This oil loving acid loosens up all the gunks in our pores and brings it to the surface. It also closes pores which brings down acne possibilities to a minimum. If you want to get rid of your acne permanently this is your jam. We have a specially formulated No Acne - Salicylic Acid Serum for you which might be just the thing for your BHA requirements.
Hyaluronic Acid - The Water Keeper
Just like in hot summer, cold water quenches your thirst, similarly hyaluronic acid quenches your skin’s thirst. Our skin gets dehydrated from time to time and just drinking water alone cannot fulfil all the water needs our skin has. Without hydration our skin loses softness and breaks out. That's where Hyaluronic acid comes in. It is a natural component to skin which can trap 1000 times water of its weight. This makes our skin soft, smooth and plumpy. For that youthfulness, try our High Hydration - Hyaluronic Acid Serum and forget all about dehydrated skin.
- Layering your skin products in the correct order is important.
- Never use Salicylic Acid with any other acid or it may cause extreme skin irritation.
- Avoid Niacinamide oriented products after using Salicylic Acid.
- Do not use Lactic or Glycolic acid with a combination of Vitamin C else the Vitamin C won’t be effective.