You probably have come across formulas that contain acids on more than one occasion.
Although this word may scare some people, the truth is that many of them are incredibly beneficial for improving the skins health.
Do you want to know which acids are the best for your skin type, their qualities and how to use them to have perfect skin.
AHAs, BHAs, and Hyaluronic Acid: What Are They and Who Should Use Them?
Both AHAs (Alphahydroxy acids) and BHAs (Betahydroxy acids) are chemical exfoliants that are used to leave the skin smoother by getting rid of dead cells.
We previously spoke about the importance of exfoliating the skin and its many benefits such as treating acne, sun spots and help cell renewal.
The type of exfoliation that we get from AHAs and BHAs is chemical, that is, these acids do not contain particles that physically carry dirt away.
However, there are several differences between the two.
To begin with, you should know that among the most popular AHAs we find glycolic acid and lactic acid. These are water soluble, which means that they dissolve in water, and can be extracted from a wide variety of plants.
These acids are highly recommended for people with normal to dry skin, as they help soften it while deeply hydrating it. AHAs have also been shown to help produce collagen, that wonderful ally against the passage of time.
In short, they are perfect to combat the signs of aging, obtain a radiant and luminous skin and also very useful if you have had some problems with sun exposure.
When it comes to BHAs, salicylic acid is possibly the best known of all. These types of acids are soluble in oil, which makes it easier for them to penetrate the sebaceous glands and work from there, cleaning and decongesting the skin.
You may have already guessed it: yes, if your skin is rather oily or prone to acne or persistent breakouts, BHAs are going to be your new best friends.
Apart from offering a deep exfoliation, breaking down sebum and dirt from the skin, they have soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Be very careful in any case with applying these acids and skipping the rest of your beauty routine: a good cleaning and good hydration are still necessary.
Let’s move to the last great acid that we will talk about today, which has very special qualities.
Hyaluronic acid can be found in our body naturally. We find it in the skin, in the eyes, in the cartilage … Its most fascinating property is that it has an enormous capacity to retain water, so you can imagine how important it can be to keep the skin hydrated and fresh.
As we age we begin to produce less hyaluronic acid, in the same way that our cell renewal becomes slower and slower.
And, although this is a natural process, the truth is that it can be slowed down to a certain extent if we incorporate precisely this wonderful component into our beauty routine.
Is hyaluronic acid good for you? It is especially suitable for those who want to maintain youthful skin and optimal skin hydration levels.
What acids to choose based on the needs of your skin?
We have gone through the most popular acids on the market and their main characteristics and properties. The moment of truth has arrived, which is to choose the products that can really work on your skin type.
It is recommended that if you are using more formulas that contain vitamins such as niacinamide and other strong components such as retinol, you consult with your specialist about the best way to combine them in a beneficial way.
For skin damaged by the sun, the signs of aging, or on the dry side, the use of products that contain AHAs will surely make a difference in your routine.
Among our favorites is Grown Alchemist’s Balancing Toner, which contains glycolic acid, plus rose, ginseng, and chamomile. It is perfect for treating lack of luminosity and balancing the pH of the skin. From the same brand, their Hydra Repair Cream is extraordinary, a day cream that contains lactic acid and rosehip. Softens blemishes and fine lines, it is very soft and perfect for dry and sensitive skin.
For skin with dark spots and uneven tones, Alex Carro’s Illuminating Matrix Liquid is surely our best bet. Contains 5% fruit acids like kiwi and coconut and helps instantly revitalize dull skin.
For skin type more prone to blackheads and enlarged pores, acne and breakouts, it is advisable to add a product with BHAs in the routine. In this case, Grown Alchemist formulated a gel with salicylic acid perfect to fight blemishes.
Finally, those who want to fight premature skin aging and activate maximum hydration in their skin, already know that a little hyaluronic acid can come in handy.
If you are more into creams, we recommend you go for Nuori’s Vital Facial Cream, which also contains shea butter and vitamins C and E. Alex Carro’s formula is also highly rich in hyaluronic acid and herbal and plant extracts.
However, if you have a preference for serums, we would recommend that you try Merme’s hydrating facial serum, with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid.
From KŌNSE Beauty we hope that by now you have lost all fear of acids and can start using them and notice the benefits on your skin. You will see the difference very soon.