Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are a group of naturally occurring acids that are commonly found in fruits, milk, and sugar cane. They are widely used in skincare products due to their ability to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Two of the most popular AHAs are Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid.
Where do AHAs come from?
AHAs naturally occur in fruits, sugarcane and milk. Dew Lab's Glycolic and Lactic Acids are sourced from corn and sugarcane.
What do AHAs do?
AHAs are known for their exfoliating properties.
Lactic Acid works by loosening the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to be easily removed from the surface of the skin. Lactic Acid also helps to stimulate collagen production, which can lead to firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
Glycolic Acid is known for its ability to penetrate deep into the pores. It works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells and the surface of the skin, making it an effective exfoliant. Glycolic Acid also helps to unclog pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
3 benefits of AHAs for your skin
- Gentle exfoliation: Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, leaving it looking brighter and more refreshed. AHAs also help to promote collagen production, which can lead to firmer, more youthful-looking skin. Additionally, AHAs can help to unclog pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Evens skin tone: AHAs can help to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots. This is because AHAs work to remove dead skin cells, which can lead to a more even skin tone. Additionally, AHAs can also help to reduce the appearance of dark spots by inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment that gives colour to the skin.
- Improves skin moisture: AHAs can also help to moisturise the skin. AHAs work by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells and the surface of the skin, allowing moisturisers to hydrate your skin cells more effectively, which can lead to increased hydration. Additionally, AHAs can also help to increase the production of ceramides, which are a type of lipid that helps to keep the skin moisturised.
Who can benefit from using AHAs?
AHAs are suitable for all skin types, but people with sensitive skin should be cautious. It is recommended that you perform a patch test before using an AHA product, as they can cause irritation if not used properly.
People with oily or acne-prone skin can benefit from using AHAs, as they can help to unclog pores and reduce the appearance of acne.
Additionally, people with dry or mature skin can also benefit from using AHAs, as they can help to increase collagen production and moisturise the skin.