Ingredient spotlight - AHA/BHAs
If your skin looks lackluster and dull, you probably lack exfoliation in your routine. Our skin sheds dead skin cells regularly, and new, healthy skin rises to the surface in its place.
However, as we age, this exfoliation process slows down and becomes less effective. A little extra help is needed on our part to help our skin stay looking young and glowy- and this is where chemical exfoliants can help 💗
Gone are the days where ‘exfoliation’ meant gritty, rough scrubs that hurt our skin. Nowadays, most people use chemical exfoliants like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), or a combination of both in their skincare routine.
What is the difference between the two and what works best for your skin? Let us dive in! ✨
Difference between AHA/BHAs
AHAs are usually derived from fruit acids, and are most widely used in skincare products as they target all areas of the skin with a powerful exfoliating effect, gently increasing the rate of skin shed on the upper layer of skin.
It is most often recommended for normal to dry skin, as it also helps skin retain moisture.
AHAs also boasts anti-ageing benefits, as it boosts collagen production and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. To top it off, AHAs have been proven to improve other skin concerns like pigmentation and skin dryness that are commonly seen with skin ageing.
Truly an ingredient not to be missed in any good anti-ageing routine!
If you have sensitive skin, BHAs may be your best bet- it is gentle enough for sensitive skin, including those with skin conditions like rosacea. BHAs help reduce inflammation and aids in reducing textured and bumpy skin.
BHAs are oil-soluble, and penetrates deeper into your pores. It is generally recommended for normal to oily skin types with clogged pores and troubled skin. In fact– salicylic acid, a popular acne-fighting ingredient, is a BHA.
It is also worth noting that AHAs and BHAs (especially AHAs) may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, and should always be used with proper sun care, especially in the AM.
Add chemical exfoliants to your routine!
Want to find a great chemical exfoliant to add to your skincare routine? Why not try the Renaza AHA Toner?
This toner effectively accelerates the exfoliation of dead skin cells, speeds up skin renewal, and improves skin texture and appearance. It also reduces the appearance of acne, blackheads and whiteheads, and diminishes superficial sun damage.
Our Renaza Skincare range is available at all Renaza outlets. Inquire at your regular branch to purchase! You may also view our full range online HERE .
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