Top 5 Acids You Should Add to Your Daily Skin Care Routine

With the heavy winter months, it’s important that you make sure to keep up to date with your skin care regime. That includes making sure to use the right products that will help protect, moisture, hydrate and nourish your skin, to ensure it survives the harsh weather. Yes girl! Don’t neglect to give your skin the TLC it deserves! 

Here are 5 skin care acids that are a must for your routine:

Lactic Acid
According to the wonderful World-Wide-Web, lactic acid is amazing for reducing wrinkles and fighting against hyperpigmentation. Originally derived from milk, lactic acid is a part of the anti-aging family of AHA’s (also known as alpha-hydroxy acids). As such, it is an acid that many love to incorporate into their routines, because of its ability to produce less skin irritation amongst other increased benefits. Some of those benefits include promoting collagen and a balanced blood flow, fighting hyperpigmentation from aging spots and scars, preventing the appearance of acne, and brightening your overall complexion.

Glycolic Acid
Glycolic Acid is probably the most popular AHA that is derived from sugar canes. Its most known skincare benefit is serving as an anti-aging agent, bringing out that perfect youthful glow in you! Can we say AMEN!? Glycolic acid is also amazing at exfoliating your skin and combatting fine lines and wrinkles, preventing acne, erasing dark spots, improving your skin’s elasticity and evening out your skin. Glycolic acid is very popular in microdermabrasions and chemical peels, however, do make sure to use it in combination with sunscreen as it may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the Sun.

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid or hyaluronan for short, is a clear, jelly-like substance that your body naturally produces. The biggest traces of hyaluronan are found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes. The main purpose it serves is to retain as much water as possible and keep your tissues well moist and lubricated. You will mostly find hyaluronic acid in serums, eye drops and injections to name a few. Some other skin care benefits include the promotion of healthier and more manageable skin, speed the recovery of wounds and relieving joint pains, to name a few!

Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid or salicylate, is referred to as a BHA (beta hydroxy acid), derived from willow bark. It is oil-soluble, meaning that it’s able to easily penetrate deep within your skin follicles to unclog and restore your skin to great condition. It’s most popular benefit is, yeah you guessed it, treating acne! Salicylic acid’s specialty is targeting blackheads and whiteheads, by dissolving dirt and sweat that normally clogs your skin’s pores. It also aids in reducing inflammation and serving as an exfoliant. For products containing salicylic acid, try out acne facial cleansers that contain salicylic acid as one of the main ingredients, or acne spot treatments.

Citric Acid
Citric acid is known as both an AHA and BHA that is commonly found within fruits containing high amounts of citrus, such as lemons or limes. It’s known for its antioxidant protection properties, including anti-aging skin correction to help reduce the likelihood of damage. Citric acid works by exfoliating the top layer where dead skin cells lie, to clear pores, even out your skin tone and soften your skin. It is a unique acid in that it regulates the pH levels of your skin to promote better skin function. It is definitely the ideal ingredient for people of all ages and skin care types.

Guest post BY: Angela

3 comments :

  1. I have sensitive skin and every time i try acid it just breaks my skin. The one thing missing from my skin care routine. This is a good list though.

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  2. Great read! I have already been using products with hyaluronic and glycolic acid in it. I will definitely look into the others more!!

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  3. Acids change my skin lifeeeee!!! Salicylic Acid has been a dream for me

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