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How to pick the right acid for your skin

Beauty acids are certainly having their moment, but it can sometimes feel like you’re in a chemistry class.

Knowing the right facial acid for your complexion can seem difficult to fathom, so to make things easier,here’s a handy guide on the key acids you need to know about and how they could help you get your glow back.

The antioxidant

As environmental pollutants such as radiation, sunlight and smog can wreak havoc with our skin – causing skin ageing, pigmentation and irritation – extra protection is vital. 

 Introducing Ascorbic acid, a form of Vitamin C and an ingredient powerhouse. A potent antioxidant, it’s perfect for slowing the breakdown of collagen in your skin.

Use a product like Medik8 Super C30 Plus Intense Serum, formulated with highly stable Ascorbic acid to neutralise the effects of environmental aggressors, giving your skin a youthful radiance.

Spots, be gone

When it comes to treating live breakouts and the annoying aftermath, Azelaic acid is the unsung hero you need to add to your beauty regime.

 An anti-inflammatory dynamo – reducing redness and swelling in acne-prone skin – it decreases the production of keratin, a protein which can block pores and lead to acne.

Introduce Azelaic acid in your skincare with Dermalogica Medibac Breakout Control. An invisible, antibacterial treatment to help clear and prevent breakouts by controlling oil production without dehydrating the skin.


Brighten up your life

Found in honey and sugar cane, Glycolic acid restores the skin by promoting the natural shedding of dead and photo-damaged skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy skin with a translucent glow and even texture.

Glycolic acid is proven to brighten the skin’s surface, shrink pores and prevent breakouts. Used in Medik8 Balance Moisturiser with Glycolic Acid Activator, it contains an optimised combination of active ingredients to provide continuous hydration and anti-inflammatory properties while controlling shine and oil production.

Hydrate and plump

Hyaluronic acid has been a beauty staple for some time. A must-have to slow down the signs of ageing, Hyaluronic acid is invaluable for your skin as it acts like a sponge holding vast amounts of water, effectively plumping out the skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s now a key ingredient in many serums and creams as it draws water into the skin to keep it hydrated, supple and functioning effectively as a barrier. Balance Me Hyaluronic Plumping Primer uses Hyaluronic acid to aid elasticity and smooth the skin, resulting in reduced wrinkle depth.

It’s so much more than a normal primer as it offers skincare benefits along with providing a flawless base.

 Protect against the elements

 Lactic acid is specifically used to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots and other factors that contribute to a dull and uneven complexion. This mild acid treatment is suitable for sensitive skin types as if offers a light acid ‘peel’. 

 Use of Lactic acid in your products prepares the skin for maximum penetration from your skincare routine. Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser contains Lactic acid to smooth, retexturise and deliver ultra-clean skin. 

 However, it’s important to bear in mind its ‘peeling’ effects may cause your skin to be more vulnerable to UVB/A rays. So, pick a day cream or foundation with SPF 30 or higher.

By Lisa de-la-Plain, Co-founder and Professional Beauty Therapist, Beauty Flash

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