Published on August 28th, 2017 | by Jehan Raffiuddin
Is Your Skin AHAs Free?
You may have heard of AHAs in skin products, fruits and wine – but what are they and how do they work in regards to skin?
AHAs or alphahydroxy acids are one of the most common ingredients of skin ‘peels’ – they are basically an exfoliating agent but without the abrasive textures of common scrubs and exfoliants. You may not feel any ‘grittiness’ while applying a product with AHAs but you’ll still get softer, smoother skin as an end result.
AHAs penetrate through the dead surface of the skin, loosening the bonds that keep them attached to the deeper surface. The loose cells then slough off exposing the younger, fresher and smoother skin below.
Raid your fridge
Cleopatra bathed in ass’s milk for a reason… Many of the ‘acids’ found in food items are AHAs and while their application won’t give you a chemical-peel effect because the concentration of the acid is lower, it will certainly give you a glow! Here’s a list:
- Lactic acid: in milk, yoghurt, buttermilk, tomatoes, powdered skim milk
- Glycolic acid: in sweet fruits and sugarcane juice
- Citric acid: in found in citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons
- Malic acid: in apples, cider, vinegar
- Tartaric acid: in wines, grapes, grape juice
To use: There are two ways to go about it – solid and liquid. Solid chunks of fruit can be cut-up, mashed a little in your hand to get the juices flowing and then simply rubbed onto the skin – you don’t have to limit yourself to just your face – go ahead and give yourself a fruity rub all over; wait for 10 minutes before washing off. If it’s just your face and neck you want the glow to be on, use a teaspoon of liquid: wine, milk, vinegar, juice or even fruit puree. Dip a cotton ball into the liquid and swab the liquid generously across the face, neck and décolleté. Avoid the sensitive eye area. Wait for 10 minutes and wash off for a youthful skin.
Use it right:
While using products with AHAs do remember certain ground rules…
1. Generally as with all, chemical skin treatments, do consult a dermatologist before experimenting.
2. AHA-treated skin is photosensitive so always remember your SPF when you step out. Also do try and avoid strong sun exposure for a day or two!
3. People with sensitive skin may experience redness, extra tingling and even a slight roughness to the skin – do desist if your skin reacts.
4. Since younger layers of skin come to the fore after an AHA treatment, do remember to hydrate it well with a good moisturiser.
FAB BAG Picks:
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Ananda Spa Gentle Cleansing Cream For Oily Skin : Nourishes and protects as it gently removes oil and pollution build up on the skin, its antiseptic nature balances the skin removing the blemish causing bacteria which linger on the surface of the skin. Basil helps to stimulate, increase regeneration and revitalise the skin. CLICK HERE to view the product
Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask : The Black Rose Cream Mask offers the skin “instant youth” Rich in active anti-aging ingredients including Black Rose, Padina Pavonica, and Alkekengi Calyx extracts, it immediately gets to work on signs of aging and fatigue to rejuvenate skin and restore vitality. In only 15 minutes skin is visibly hydrated, plumped, smoothed and redensified. With a delicious rose fragrance and soft, creamy texture, this mask provides a true moment of pleasure and relaxation. The face appears refreshed and the complexion recovers its luminosity. CLICK HERE to view the product