Five Acids That Are Giving You The Best Skin of Your Life

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The Acid Grammar includes AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, then there is hyaluronic acid, glycolic, lactic, mandelic and polyglutamic … yes, there are a lot of acids in the skincare ingredient world, all with very important roles to play to give you the best skin of your life. Being the parents of the group, AHAs, BHAs and PHAs come in handy to help resurface and brighten the skin.

Loosening dead skin cells (AHAs), de-clogging pores (BHAs) and gently exfoliating (PHAs) – they are key in revealing new, healthy skin underneath. Within these ingredient families the luxury skincare world has exciting new formulas that are brightening, blemish-busting and fortifying for the skin barrier.

Tranexamic Acid

Another blemish-busting ingredient that helps to fade discolouration after a breakout. Tranexamic acid is a derivative for the amino acid, lysine, and improves the appearance of discolouration.

Gallic Acid

An AHA derived from plants, gallic acid is a great source for boosting antioxidant protection. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties help stressed skin and reduce redness.

Kojic Acid

The underrated ingredient for fading hyperpigmentation, kojic acid is a pivotal skin brightening ingredient that inhibits the production of melanin.

Lactic Acid

An exfoliating ingredient that works predominantly on the surface of the skin, lactic acid sloughs away dead skin cells and increases new cell turnover to firm up the skin.

For soft, revitalised skin, look no further than the Squalane and Lactic Acid Resurfacing Serum by Biossance. Formulated with lactic acid, the potent formula fights uneven texture and minimises dead skin cells to reveal a soft, luminous and healthy complexion. Delivering results from the very first use, this treatment is designed to be used overnight one to two times a week.

Mandelic Acid

A gentle exfoliating acid that sits within the AHA family, mandelic acid accelerates cell turnover and is beneficial for treating acne and strengthening collagen.

Only have 10 minutes to spare? Not to worry – that’s all the time it takes for the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel to get to work. This concentrated, rinse-off formula is infused with a water-soluble AHA blend and salicylic acid (an oil-soluble BHA). One smooths the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and rough, crepey texture, while the other unclogs and refines pores. The result: a radiant, healthy glow infused with hydration. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel contains mandelic, tartaric and malic acids, and butterfly pea flower extract.

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