Should You Use Alpha Hydroxy Acid Products?

AHA’s or Alpha Hydroxy Acids are everywhere.  But what exactly is an AHA and should you use one on your skin?  The answer to that question depends on your goals and the current condition of your skin.

We have put together a great article below to explain the benefits of AHA’s and how to properly use them to achieve the best results for your skin.
What Exactly Is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid – AHA ?

You may have heard us discuss alpha hydroxy acid before as part of an effective skincare regimen. In this article, we’ve put together some specifics designed to help you decide if it’s a good option for you.

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is a popular ingredient in many anti aging skin care products including cleansers, facial masks, moisturizers and eye creams. In fact, it’s quite likely you have something in your current skin care program that contains AHA.

But what exactly is an AHA? AHA’s are made from sugars found in fruits and milk products. Best known for their anti aging properties, they achieve this distinction by exfoliating the skin to remove dead cells. As you may know, a lack of removing dead skin cells can cause pores to clog and impair the growth of new cells. Not only do AHA’s encourage the production of new skin cells, they also promote elastin and collagen production which lead to wrinkle reduction and healthier skin.

With all the benefits of using AHA products, you may be inclined to think more is better. However, the reality is that too much AHA can be harmful to your skin and do more damage than good. In excessive amounts, AHA can cause the skin to become irritated.

In fact, just using AHA can make your skin more vulnerable to the sun. If you choose to use an AHA product, always wear adequate sunscreen. There is nothing worse than trying to solve one problem (aging skin) by creating another (sun damage leading to additional aging or worse).

Effective use of AHA products includes selecting one or two items to incorporate into your skin care routine. Ideally, your AHA containing product will be an exfoliant and/or moisturizer to derive the greatest benefits for your skin. Remember, the primary purpose of an AHA is to exfoliate the skin. Moisturizers can also be effective because they allow the ingredients to absorb into the skin to work their magic.

Most importantly, look for a skin care line with an excellent reputation that stands behind their products. Not only will you receive the best value for your money, you’ll have the experience and backing of a reputable company on your side as well. Your skin is that important.

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