The skincare industry can be… overwhelming. There are so many different products, ingredients and brands, that sometimes you might feel like you have to have a science degree just to know what you need for your skin.
That’s where Skin Virtue comes in. We’re here to take the confusion out of skincare and take you through what you really need to know.
Here, we discuss everything you need to know about AHA serums – including what they are, the benefits and how they fit into your routine.
Alpha-hydroxy acids, also known as AHAs, are a group of acids used in a variety of skincare products – including serums.
There are many different types of acids used in serums such as glycolic acid, lactic acids, malic acid and citric acid.
As your age, your natural skin cell cycle slows down, which can cause your dead skin cells to build up, making your complexion look dull and lacklustre and enhancing the signs of ageing.
AHA serums are primarily used to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells, making way for the generation of new skin cells.
Unlike physical exfoliation, AHA serums offer a sort of chemical exfoliation, loosening old skin cells from the surface without damaging the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
It’s important to note, however, that there are different concentrations of AHAs - so it’s important they be used with caution to ensure you don’t have any reactions.
If you’re looking for some gentle options that will encourage skin cell removal while nourishing the skin, try Skin Virtue Pure Radiance Glow Serum, $70. We recommend using this guy in the AM, rather than at night, and ensuring you apply SPF 50+ to protect your skin.
In terms of what effect AHA serums have on the skin, some of the benefits include:
Wondering what to use after AHA serum? Well, if you’re using a formula like Skin Virtue Pure Radiance Glow Serum, which is recommended for use in the morning, it’s crucial to remember to apply sunscreen.
That’s because AHAs have been shown to increase the risk of sun damage and can actually increase the risk of pigmentation caused by sun exposure – so it’s extremely important to slather on SPF over the top.
Just to give you an idea of what your routine might involve post-AHA serum application, it should look something like this:
In terms of results, due to skin cell cycle turnover it can take around four to six weeks to notice visible results in the appearance of your skin.
The good news? With AHA serums such as those in the Skin Virtue range, your skin will look instantly more radiant, plumper and more hydrated.
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By Gary Williams, Bio