It's true...I am completely in love-my glowy complexion is proof. OMG ladies, my lover isn't another man! Its the Alphahydroxy Acid, Glycolic-DUH!!!
Alphahydroxy Acids also known as AHAs, are a group of gentle acids that are found naturally, such as in fruits an vegetables. The family of AHAs include: malic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid; and my all time favorite glycolic acid. AHAs can aid in a huge number of skin care concerns including, hyperpigmentation, oily and acne-prone skin, dryness, sun damage, and fine lines. These acids work by removing dead cell buildup, smoothing the aging, sun damaged, and dry skin. Which results in wrinkles appearing to be not as deep and refining the skins texture. By removing these dead skin cells you are allowing the natural process of cell turn over to happen more rapidly, bringing fresher & younger cells to the surface. For the oily & acne-prone skin types by removing dead cell build up you are loosening clogged pores and if used on a daily basis you will prevent the dead cells from accumulating altogether, saying "goodbye" to those inflammatory acne lesions!
My personal two favorite glycolic based products are DDF's Glycolic 10% Exfoliating Oil Control Gel ($48)& Anew Rejuvenate Night Sapphire Emulsion ($30). I use the DDF serum in the morning & the Anew serum at night. Remember ladies, even if you have oily skin you always want to moisturize after applying any AHA.
In addition to applying glycolic acid on a daily basis in your everyday skincare regime, it is always great to get a professional glycolic peel at a salon or spa. At home products can only have up to 10% glycolic but professionals can use between 15%-30%. Before you call your local salon or spa & book an amazing peel, make sure you have been using between 8%-10% glycolic acid in either a serum or cream at home for at least 2 weeks. Otherwise your anticipated relaxing facial will be an extremely painful experience...not to mention the incresed chance of redness and irritation after the treatment. It is recommended by professionals to receive a series of 6 treatments over several weeks before you determine further treatment. After your 1st series of 6 peels you and your esthetician can decide whether weekly, biweekly, or monthly peels are the best for your skin.
I have a feeling that me & glycolic are going to have a long and happy life together...sighhhh
Until next time ladies-Your MakeupMeBlush guru,