We all will have heard of Glycolic acid but what exactly is it and when and why should you add it to your skincare routine? Here is a breakdown of the commonly used AHA that hopefully solves any questions you may have:
Use it for: Glycolic acid can resolve various skin concerns including acne, a lack of firmness, wrinkles and fine lines, a dull complexion and dryness.
What is it?
Glycolic acid is a member of a group of chemicals called Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), lactic acid also belongs to this group. It is naturally derived from sugar cane.
Glycolic acid has the smallest molecules within this group so it can deeply penetrate the skin and it enables other ingredients as well as subsequent products to penetrate deeper into skin.
Helps to combat dryness
It helps skin to retain moisture leaving your complexion looking plump and rejuvenated.
Glycolic acid exfoliates the surface of skin removing dead skin cells that can mix with sebum (oil) and clog pores. It aids the skin’s cell renewal process which keeps skin healthy and helps it to fight off breakouts.
By tackling dirt, oil and sweat that can clog pores it helps to treat blackheads as well as reduces the appearance of pores leaving skin feeling clarified and renewed.
Minimises dark or sun spots
It smoothes the appearance of imperfections and fades discolouration leaving your complexion looking more even-toned and fresh.
Has a brightening effect
Glycolic acid can be used as a chemical exfoliant as it removes dead, dull skin cells and boosts healthy skin cell turnover to reveal radiant glowing skin.
Gives skin a youthful glow
Glycolic acid helps to remove the outer layer of dead, dull skin cells to reveal plump, healthy cells and leave your complexion with a youthful glow. It helps to keep skin soft, supple and smooth which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.