The Alpha Hydroxy Acids, AHA's, include glycolic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, and citric acids.
Why include Glycolic Acid Skin Care Products in your anti-aging skin care routine?
Exfoliants remove the dead skin cells that collect on the surface of the skin, revealing the soft, smooth skin underneath and stimulate cell renewal.
A fruit acid derived from sugar cane and other fruits, glycolic acid clinical studies prove AHA's are an especially effective exfoliant.
Glycolic acid has the unique distinction among the AHA's of having the smallest molecule of the AHA family so it readily absorbs into the skin.
AHA's work to dissolve the dead skin cells that collect on the outermost layer of skin to trigger repair. Plus, unlike scrubs, the skin is
not damaged by abrasives, so if your skin is sensitive or reactive, AHA acids are actually a smart exfoliant choice to include in your rejuvenation regime.
Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties that hold the dead skin cells together on the top layer of the skin.
This allows the dead cells to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells which begins the process of stimulating cell renewal and restoring skin health.
Be forewarned. . .
Glycolic acid products formulated with concentrations between 8% and 15% are considered to be extremely effective and safe for home use for not only facial rejuvenation but many other skin care concerns.
Medical Spa chemical peels and other dermatology treatments use between 20% to 30% (and occasionally higher) concentrations of glycolic acid.
The FDA along with the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel concluded that clinical studies of products containing the AHAs glycolic and lactic acid are safe for use by consumers if:
As an integral part of an effective anti-aging skin care routine, glycolic acid can be applied after a face wash or facial steam.
Then layer on a moisturizer or serum rich in antioxidant and emollient active ingredients, followed by a sunscreen product.
Gradually build upon your rejuvenation regime by adding products with a range of active ingredients before bed, under eye treatments and DIY spa facials.