What if we tell you that Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) treatments were a part of Cleopatra’s daily skin regimen! The earliest known use of AHA’s, albeit in their natural form, right from sour milk baths, to applying freshly squeezed lemon juice was a common beauty practice. Centuries later, women around the world are still enjoying the benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acids in their daily skin care routines.
What are Alpha Hydroxy Acids and how do they make your skin go AHA!
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are chemical compounds found in familiar foods like sugarcane (glycolic acid), sour milk (lactic acid), apples (malic acid), citrus fruits (citric acid) and wine grapes (tartaric acid). Synthetic AHA’s are derived out of natural ingredients and are used in skin care products.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids were earlier used only by dermatologists in medicated skin care treatments like facial chemical peels. In 1992, the FDA approved use of AHA in over-the-counter products. Since then there has been no looking back as they have found their way into creams, sunscreens, cleansers, skin lighteners, and moisturizers in the pursuit of younger, smoother skin.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids primarily exfoliate and break the bonds that hold together, dry, damaged and dead skin cells together. They penetrate deep into the skin, revealing younger, smoother and glowing skin.
This is how AHA’s work on your skin.
AHA’s even out- Uneven pigmentation of the skin, a sign of aging caused by accumulation of dead cells can be evened out by incorporating AHA’s in your skin care regime. The exfoliating action of AHA’s coupled with deep penetration, help reveal younger and even toned skin.
AHA’s fight aging – Using an Alpha hydroxy acid product helps in improving the elasticity of your skin. As the elasticity of your skin betters, your fine lines and wrinkles disappear. Regular application of AHA’s makes deeper wrinkles less pronounced.
AHA’s win against sun damage- Alpha hydroxy acids help in repairing sun damage. They break down the bonds that are responsible for dry leathery skin by sloughing off the dead cells. AHA’s hydrate the skin from within, reduce oil production resulting in lesser chances of acne too. AHA’s also enhance the effects of your sunscreen by opening the skin to allow better absorption of your sunscreen.
Remember, its best to use AHA’s regularly and diligently in your skincare routine. Go ahead, try an AHA product right for your skin and enjoy your AHA moment 🙂
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