Using acids as part of your skincare routine can seem a bit extreme. However, many have shown to have many benefits and in particular glycolic acid is known to have great benefits for our skin. Don’t believe us? Read on…
The benefits of glycolic acid
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from plants such as sugar cane. It easily penetrates deep into the skin making it efficient for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads and oily skin. Another benefit it that it evens out skin tone and provides a brighter, more youthful complexion as it removes the dead skin cells. In addition to this, it can help to make skin more radiant and give you that ‘natural glow’. With all these benefits it’s no surprise why glycolic acid is a favourite for skincare lovers.
How to use glycolic acid
Glycolic acid is regularly used as a chemical peel. These can be done professionally which can often be on the pricey side. There are also home kits available which are a lot cheaper and not particularly difficult. When used in the format of an acid peel, the percentage of the acid tends to be higher. The use of glycolic acid shouldn’t be painful, but you may feel a bit of tingling or occasional stinging.
Despite sounding harsh, glycolic acid can be used on all types of skin including sensitive skin. If you’re concerned, instead of trying a chemical peel, you can start with using a product containing a smaller percentage of glycolic acid. Examples of these could be a serum, a facial wash or in the form of an exfoliating pad. With regular use of these, you can actual produce salon-like results for a fraction of the price.
AHAs are known to increase the sensitivity of your skin to the sun making you potentially more prone to sun damage. Due to this, it’s important to also use SPF regularly. You can find out more of the importance of SPF here. Once you start seeing the amazing results of glycolic acid giving you that natural highlight, it’ll have you wishing you’d started using it earlier!