Ingredient Glossary

Exfoliating Renewing Brightening

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

What does it do?

Alpha Hydroxy Acids, commonly known as AHAs, are a group of acids which exfoliate the skin by helping to shed dead skin cells and encourage the renewal of the skin cell layer. As a result, they help to improve overall texture, skin moisture levels and softness, making the skin appear smoother and brighter.

Where does it originate from?

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of acids that occur naturally in fruits, sugar cane, and milk.

When should I use it?

This ingredient can be used day and night.

What skin type is it best suited to?

AHAs are suitable for all skin types except for sensitive skin.

What does it work well with?

AHAs pair well with Aloe Vera.

What should it not be used with?

You should avoid using AHAs and Retinol in the same routine. Instead, use AHAs in the morning or on an alternate night to your retinol.

What else do I need to know?

Some common AHAs that you may have heard of include Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Malic Acid.

AHAs can increase the skin's risk of sunburn so it's important to apply SPF daily and limit sun exposure when using an acid of this kind.

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