We see acids in so many skincare products and they can sound like really scary ingredients. The truth is that there are so many types of acids and they all do different things.
Some are totally mild and can be used every day, some others are quite active so you may need to know some basics before adding them to your routine.
What is great about acids is that when used correctly, they truly power your skincare routine.
Let's break down to the 5 essential acids that you must have in your skincare routine, no matter if your skin is oily, mature, or dry.
The hydration booster | Hyaluronic acid
What does it do?
→ Hydrates and plums the skin by drawing in moisture
How to identify Hyaluronic acid?
→ Hyaluronic acid is also known as Sodium Hyaluronate
Which products are usually formulated with Hyaluronic acid?
→ Serums, creams, masks, toners.
The UV protectors and Collagen stimulants | L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) + Ferulic acid.
What do they do?
→ Protect from UV damage, stimulate Collagen, fight free radical
How to identify L-ascorbic acid and Ferulic acid?
→ L-ascorbic acid is also known as Vitamin-C
→ Ferulic acid is also known as Hydroxycinnamic acid
Which products are usually formulated with L-ascorbic acid and Ferulic acid?
→ Serums, creams, and masks
The exfoliants | AHA's + BHA's (Glycolic and Salicylic acid)
What do they do?
→ Exfoliate the skin, improve hyperpigmentation, smooth the skin.
Which are the most common AHA's and BHA's?
→ Glycolic acid (AHA), Salicylic acid (BHA)
Which products are usually formulated with AHA's and BHA's?
→ Exfoliants (AHA), Exfoliant masks, Masks, Serums, and creams for acne and blemished skin (BHA)
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