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Monday, February 7, 2011

Im Having a Love Affair

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. 

DDF's Glycoloic 10% Exfoliating Oil Control Gel is AMAZING Ive been using it for almost 3 years (except for when I was pregnant.  AHAs aren't safe to use during pregnancy).  In addition to the 10% of glycolic there is 2% salicylic acid which is another great ingredient to use when combating acne because of its antibacterial properties. This serum is designed for us oily & acne prone skin types.  But in addition to helping with acne it will minimize the appearance of pores & the look of fine lines & wrinkles.  Like I said, I use this once a day but you can use it up to 3 times daily.

I'm almost through my 1st jar of Anew's Rejuvenate Night Sapphire Emulsion. Not only do I smooth this all over my face but my neck as well.  Woman always forget about the neck but it's seen just as much as your face and should be treated with as much TLC as the skin on your face.  No one wants to look like a turkey right?  This product is designed for night so is a little on the emollient side-but oily skin types do not have to be wary I have not had any breakouts caused by the heaviness of this product.  Since using this product my pores appear smaller, my skin feels more rejuvenated, and my skin has a seamless airbrushed look.
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,

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