What are skin chemicals – and why you should use them

facial acids

Acids and skincare might seem scary – but in fact, they are the latest buzzwords you need to familiarise your self to get glowing skin. The two buzzwords in the beauty world are AHA or alpha-hydroxy acids and BHA or beta-hydroxy acids. While the word acid sounds harsh, trust us when we say that they’re most suited to even the most sensitive skin types. Without question, they can make a world of difference to your skin especially if you’re combating dullness.

AHAs and BHA have shared benefits. They both

  • Diminish the look of lines and wrinkles
  • Make skin look and feel firmer
  • Hydrate
  • Improve the look of dull, uneven skin tone
  • Smooth rough texture

So what are they all about?

AHA:
Aha! It’s time to make Alpha Hydroxy Acids your new BFFs. Derived mainly from sugar cane or plant sources- AHA’s are pegged as fruit acids and are water soluble.

Glycolic acid, an ingredient you may have read on most skincare products is the smallest AHA. Amazing for all skin types, it gently exfoliates dead skin cells, leaving you with bright skin without harsh scrubbing particles.

The other commonly found AHA is lactic acid. We’d love finding these in masks – infused with Vitamic C, they’re guaranteed skin brighteners!

The one side effect of using AHA is that it may make your skin sensitive to the sun, so make sure you layer on sunscreen to protect your skin.

Our beauty finds with AHAs:

  • Kaya Brightening Serum Intense Clarity 30ml

BHA:
The most commonly found beta hydroxy acid is salicylic acid but you can also find BHAs labeled as beta hydroxybutanoic acid, tropic acid or trethocanic acid. Salicylic acid is definitely one of the most hard-working ingredient in your anti-acne products.  Since it is oil soluble, it’s often preferred for normal to oily skin that is prone to bumps, clogs, blemishes, and enlarged pores. Think of it as the ultimate cleanser for your skin, working more effectively than AHA to banish pimples. It is also gentle enough to combat rosacea or skin redness.

Our top picks with BHA:

  • Kaya Advanced Acne Care Kit Cleanse Tone Correct & Nourish

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