Acids In Skincare – A Closer Look

That little list of ingredients on the back of your skincare can sometimes feel like another language. Long, scientific names for ingredients you’re not quite sure you need or want. Sometimes it even includes the word acid! As scary as this may seem, acids in skincare are something you should be actively looking for if you want healthy, glowing skin. There is an acid suitable for every skin type and condition, you just need to know what your skin needs. We break down the most commonly used acids in skincare for you below.

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Common Skincare Acids

Salicylic Acid

You’ve most likely come across salicylic acid in skincare at some point. It is one of the best ingredients for acne and oily skin. Found in the bark of the willow tree and is derived naturally from salicin. It effectively exfoliates the skin, unblocks pores and reduces redness and inflammation. However, if you do suffer with particularly sensitive or dry skin, then this isn’t the acid for you. Some of our favourite Salicylic acid products are:

Glycolic Acid

If smooth, even skin is what you’re looking for then it’s glycolic acid you need. Glycolic acid helps to improve rough, coarse and uneven texture. It penetrates the skin’s uppermost layers to help remove trapped dead surface cells, to reveal fresher, healthier-looking skin. It goes beyond what typical physical exfoliants do to improve overall skin tone, without the use of harsh exfoliating agents. Glycolic acid is suitable for most skin types except sensitive skin.  For a complete glycolic regime use:

Hyaluronic Acid

Increasing in popularity, hyaluronic acid is something you’ve probably heard of. Unlike a lot of other acids, hyaluronic acid isn’t in the exfoliation business, it’s a hydrator. How it works is by helping the skin to attract and hold moisture, hydrated skin will look firmer, plumper and more youthful. In addition to improving hydration levels, it creates a protective barrier against free radical damage. Another bonus is that hyaluronic acid is suitable for all skin types! Here are some of our top picks for hyaluronic acid products:

  • Daily Hydration – this serum makes skin appear healthier, plumper, softer and smoother
  • Oil Free SPF40+ – provides broad-spectrum sun protection, while nourishing hydrators and antioxidants fortify the skin
  • Hydration Mist – instantly hydrates and soothes the skin

Lactic Acid

Often considered to be a slightly more gentle alternative to glycolic acid. It is less likely to irritate the skin and also holds hydrating qualities, this is because it is derived from milk. As well as providing general skin exfoliation, lactic acid also helps to fight ageing,  firming skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our lactic acid superstar products are:

  • Hydrating Gel Cleanser – a nourishing, foaming cleanser which gently exfoliates skin without irritation
  • Brightening Serum – treats skin discolouration with a full spectrum of natural brighteners and smoothing ingredients to create a fresh glowing complexion

Ascorbic Acid

Don’t let this one fool you! Ascorbic acid is just another name for Vitamin C. There are so many benefits to including ascorbic acid into your skincare routine. It fights against free radicals, brightens the skin and even fades dark pigmented spots of skin. Get your Vitamin C fix in any of these skin saviours:

  • Daily Power C – a powerful antioxidant serum which  provides daily environmental protection while helping strengthen and brighten skin
  • Solar Shade SPF50 – broad-spectrum protection to shield against sun damage and prevent photoageing. Perfect for delicate, sensitive skin

Kojic Acid

Kojic acid is one of the best ways to brighten spots of hyperpigmentation. It is a safe and effective skin brightener that absorbs into the skin and stops melanin production by obstructing tyrosinase; an enzyme that plays a key role in the production of melanin. It is ideal for targeting melasma, acne scars and other dark spots. Our kojic acid star product is:

  • Brightening Polish – an exfoliator that refreshes skin by removing dead skin cells and debris to enhance the absorption of natural brighteners

Something to note! Acids can increase sensitivity to sunlight so always ensure that you wear sun protection, even in winter months!

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