ABC's of Skincare, A: 1. AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) - Chemical exfoliant derived from various plants - Gently removes surface layer of dead skin cells 2. ALOE VERA - Helps reduce inflammation - Increase hydration by binding moisture to skin 3. ARBUTIN - Natural skin brightener - Derived from bearberries - Inhibits cells from producing skin darkening pigments 3. VITAMIN A (Retinol) - Helps generate healthier skin cells - Provide protection from free radicals
Glycolic Acid This alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) ingredient is best used in leave-on exfoliants. It needs an acidic pH to work best, but that can cause a stinging sensation upon application. It’s great for dry, sun-damaged skin, and helps smooth wrinkles.What To Look For Go for AHA exfoliants that omit the fragrance (it can be an added source of irritation), and that come in a soothing ...
Dr. Chiu suggests looking out for "Products with alpha hydroxy acids to boost turnover of the skin." This treat-in-your-sleep offering from Derma E contains 5% alpha hydroxy acids to effectively slough away dead skin cells and even out skin tone. Derma E Overnight Peel, $19; dermae.com
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are acids that naturally occur in common foods. They lightly exfoliate the skin, removing the upper layer of dead skin cells and exposing the younger, smoother layer underneath. Use this DIY mask to help stimulate new cell growth for soft and clear skin.