Alpha Hydroxy Acids offer a long list of benefits for youthful skin types, mature skin types, and everything in between. As with all acids, AHAs need to be used carefully, in expertly designed formulas that dilute their active and powerful properties (which are too harsh for skin in their pure form) with H20 and other natural base oils and extracts.What Are Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (or AHAs for short) are a group of naturally occurring fruit and sugar acids which when applied topically as skin care ingredients, act to ‘unglue’ the bonds holding dull and dead skin onto the surface of our epidermis. With safe application, the dissolving of these bonds can allow your pores to naturally shed dead skin and sebum buildup, as well as a variety of trapped impurities. In other words, AHAs are powerful exfoliators, which work to reveal smoother and younger looking skin below outer dead skin layers. Because they are a chemical exfoliant, they avoid the pitfalls of skin tugging and damaging that can occur with manual exfoliation (think microbeads, sponges and facial brushes).
AHAs are a water soluble acid group, meaning that their application can also enhance hydration capacity in skin, resulting in a more hydrated and glowy look with regular use. And in addition to sloughing away thicker top layers of skin, AHAs can also increase the cellular integrity of deeper layers of skin, promoting firmness, elasticity, and a healthy even tone.