What are AHA’s and what do they do to my skin?

AHAs (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids) have become a bit of a buzzword in the beauty industry over the last few years.

Also known as chemical exfoliants, these ingredients can pack a serious skincare punch.

Sound scarily intense? Before you and your sensitive skin run a mile – allow me to explain.

What are AHA’s?

Generally derived from natural food produce, AHAs are commonly sourced as Glycolic acid (sugar cane), Lactic acid (sour milk), Malic acid (apples) and Citric acid (extracted via citrus fruits).

AHAs work by dissolving dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, revealing the bright, healthy skin underneath and allowing your other products to penetrate deeper.

Certain AHAs are a wonder ingredient for congested skin as they remove pore-blocking dead skin cells from its surface, which in turn helps to prevent blemishes and blackheads.

Are AHA’s ok for sensitive skin?

Although most AHAs are naturally derived, it’s not a given that they’re gentle. In fact, most AHA based products are quite harsh and can cause irritation and redness to sensitive or reactive skin types.

This is where Pink Pomelo, the AHA used in our Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask, is different.

This grapefruit-derived extract is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skins, delivering the mild exfoliation and brightening benefits of an AHA, but with zero irritation.

To maximise the efficiency of this gentle AHA, we’ve blended its mild properties with Kaolin and our blemish-busting botanical, Copaiba.

This ingredient dream-team draws out impurities, whilst gently exfoliating the skin, delivering noticeably visible results.

Are you an AHA advocate or a newbie? Let me know!

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