Beauty Advice: Acid Test
The use of acids is nothing new in the world of beauty, with everything from at-home peels to cleansers all benefiting from their inclusion. But do you know if you’re using the right acid for your skin concern? Here’s the skinny on some of the most common acids you’re likely to come across. NB: If you have any doubts or suffer from a serious skin condition, consult with a doctor first before trying.
A naturally occurring acid which can retain 1,000 times its weight in water within skin cells, making it brilliant for dry, ageing or seriously hungover skins.
This is part of the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) family and an excellent chemical exfoliant which safely removes dead cells from the skin. It can also help with the appearance of lines and age spots.
Another AHA, this comes from fermented milk and exfoliates to improve the skin’s overall texture and helps to promote collagen growth. It can also be helpful in healing acne scars.
A Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), this can penetrate the pores and exfoliate from within the skin. It’s one of the most popular acids for fighting acne and has anti-inflammatory properties too.
The big daddy of all acids, retinoic acid is the industry name for Vitamin A and its can-do properties mean it’s a brilliant multi-tasker. Minimising lines, slowing collagen decline, improving skin ‘bounce’, reversing sun damage, this bad boy does it all. As such, it must be treated with respect and definitely shouldn’t be used in the sun.