AHA and BHA Exfoliants

Our skin naturally exfoliates dead cells every day, but over time this process slows and can even stop altogether. This results in dull, dry or flakey skin; clogged, enlarged pores, bumps, wrinkles, loss of firmness and even uneven skin tone!

Helping the skin gently exfoliate the build up of dead skin reveals beautiful, soft, hydrated skin! AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) or BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) chemical exfoliant can make a world of a difference to the appearance of your skin.

SIMILARITIES. AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acid, ie glycolic and lactic acids) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy/Salicylic Acid) both work to remove the bonds holding dull, dead skin on the surface. Once these bonds are broken the skin naturally sheds its used cells allowing you to see and feel smoother, younger-looking skin.

Additionally to this AHA and BHA both:

  • reduce the look of lines and wrinkles
  • make skin look and feel firmer
  • hydrate the skin
  • improve the look of dull, uneven skin tone
  • smooths rough, bumpy texture.

DIFFERANCES. AHAs are water soluble so only work on the skin surface. They are generally preferred for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin, due to their ability to enhance natural moisturising factors within the skin. AHAs have also been proven to be effective in reducing the visible signs of sun damage, including creepy skin and wrinkles.

BHA works on both the skins surface and deeper inside the pores. It’s oil soluble, so is best suited for normal to oily skin prone to bumps, clogs, blemishes and enlarged pores. BHA also has a natural skin-calming properties, making it gentle enough for sensitive or prone to redness or rosacea skin types.

COMBINE. You don’t need to use both AHA and BHA exfoliant at the same time as they both provide anti-ageing benefits; they just do so differently. The reason for using an AHA and BHA exfoliant at the same time is really whether or not your skin needs a more thorough exfoliation. This might be the case for those who have advanced signs of sun damage, deep wrinkles, stubborn clogged pores and bumps or dull, flaky skin.

SKINCARE ROUNTINE. Apply the exfoliate after cleansing and toning, starting with whichever has the thinnest texture, you can immediately follow with the rest of your skincare routine. Most people do not need to apply AHA and BHA exfoliate twice a day, but experiment to see which combination and frequency of application works best for you.

Alternating between AHA and BHA products can be a great way for all skin types to experience the benefits of each. Many people find that alternating AHA and BHA exfoliants is the perfect solution to address their skin concerns.

In the end, there’s no single best way to use AHA and BHA exfoliants; its all about experimenting and figuring out what works best for you and then adjusting based on the changes within your skin. What matters is that your are introducing an chemical exfoliate into your skincare routine!!!

Comment below your favourite AHA and BHA exfoliants!

Much love, Alice xx

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