This is your total comprehensive guide to the wonders of AHA skincare, from the science behind it and their benefits to where you can find them in your skincare products and how to elevate your routine. So time to stop searching across multiple articles, everything you need to know is here. 


What is an AHA in skincare?

Meet the superstar of skincare: AHA, or Alpha Hydroxy Acid. With its power to boost skin health and appearance, AHA is a shining star. Acting as a chemical exfoliant, AHAs break down dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. Dead skin cells commonly cling to our skin via glue bonds, and what AHAs do are dissolved those bonds to lift the skin cells away from your skin. 

AHA wears many masks, including glycolic acid from sugarcane that penetrates deep into the skin, and milk-derived lactic acid, perfect for sensitive skin. Citric acid from citrus fruits brightens and refines skin texture and tone. Each addresses skin concerns such as dullness, uneven skin tone, fine lines and acne. But remember, AHA can make your skin sun-sensitive, so always pair with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. The AHA skincare products at TEMPLESPA are designed to maximise these benefits, leaving your skin glowing and refreshed.

The Marvels of AHA Skincare

Renowned for its exfoliating prowess, AHA skincare removes dead skin cells to unveil a fresher, brighter complexion. AHA skincare products can help you achieve that coveted radiant glow.

Moreover, AHA improves skin cell turnover for healthier, brighter skin. It can help to fade acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage, whilst stimulating collagen production for firmer, younger-looking skin. If you're looking to turn back the hands of time, AHA skincare products are your perfect ally.


What Are The AHA Skincare Products For Beginners?

Introducing AHA skincare products to your routine can work wonders. They exfoliate and promote cell turnover to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion. Here are a few tips on how to add AHA magic to your routine:

In a mask: Because of how AHAs work and can increase the sensitivity of your skin, a mask with AHAs to be used once or twice a week is great way to keep on top of dead skin cells and uneven skin texture.

TEMPLESPA recommends:

MOST REVEALING Glowing Skin Oxygen Peel is our instant skin brightening booster! The orange gel transforms into a fizzing bubbly action, this is active AHAs working to exfoliate away at your skin and leave it smoother and brighter. 

PURIFICATION Deep Cleansing Mask is our mud mask which includes AHA sugar cane extract, also known as glycolic acid. In this mask the AHA helps to loosen dirt and grime from the pores, aiding in delivering refreshed and clearer skin. 

In a scrub: The brilliant exfoliating benefits of AHAs lends itself well in a scrub, and often scrubs with AHAs as the active exfoliating ingredient will be called ‘chemical’ exfoliators rather than the traditional scrubs with small pieces to exfoliate.

TEMPLESPA recommends:

BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE Gentle Exfoliator which includes fruit AHAs from papaya juice, apple juice and pear fruit extract. These naturally exfoliate away on the skin to remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter, smoother complexions. 


In a toner: Your toner follows after your cleanser in a skincare routine, and often can be something which is overlooked! However toners have come a long way over the years and can offer brilliant benefits, based on the ingredient blends.

TEMPLESPA recommends:

GLOWCOLIC Resurfacing Toner effortlessly lifts away dead skin cells and smooths and nourishes your skin in one. We’ve included AHAs of glycolic, mandelic and lactic acids, which create a brilliant blend to gently exfoliate and deliver on the brightening results. 

Staying Safe: Precautions and Best Practices

When adding AHA skincare products to your routine, it's important to be mindful of potential side effects and to follow best practices for safe usage.

While AHA skincare offers numerous benefits, it can cause temporary redness, dryness, and increased sun sensitivity. Those with skin conditions like eczema or rosacea should also exercise caution.

To safely use AHA skincare products, follow these best practices:

  • Start slow: Begin using AHA skincare products once or twice a week and gradually increase frequency if your skin tolerates it well.
  • Sun protection: Always apply a high SPF sunscreen during the day when using AHA skincare.
  • Moisturise: Hydrating your skin is crucial when using AHA skincare. Look for moisturisers that work well with AHA skincare products.
  • Follow product instructions: Each AHA skincare product may have specific usage instructions. Always follow them for optimal results and safety.

A TEMPLESPA, we offer a range of AHA skincare products that prioritise skin health and safety. Our products are backed by extensive research and crafted with the finest ingredients. Explore our AHA skincare collection and unlock the benefits of AHA skincare today.