We ALL want glowing skin, right?
You know what I’m talking about - skin that looks like you eat clean 24/7 and get 15 hours of sleep a night.
But did you know, the secret to radiant skin doesn’t lie in your highlighter pan? It actually starts with two words: chemical exfoliation.
Using a chemical exfoliant packed with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and/or BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) is a one way ticket to glow city... unless you have sensitive skin that becomes red, itchy, hot and sore to touch after using acids.
But in excellent news, there's a new family of acids that give glowy skin, without irritation or sensitivity.
They're called PHAs and you'll find them in a buzzy new skincare product.
But what are PHAs? Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about this sensitive skin chemical exfoliant, and my review of the new PHA toner you're going to want to get on your face immediately.
What Is Chemical Exfoliation Again?
Here's a quick refresher on chemical exfoliation and why it's necessary for skin so bright, you'll need sunnies to look in the mirror.
Our face naturally sheds dead skin cells, but as we age, our cellular turnover rate slows down. In our 20s, our skin sloughs off debris every 14-21 days, but by the time we hit our 50s, it can take anywhere from 60-90 days for our skin to renew and regenerate.
That’s why, sometimes, we need just a little bit of help. This is where your chemical exfoliant comes in.
Chemical exfoliation uses acids to remove the build-up of dead skin cells, dirt and sebum (oil) within our pores. With regular use, you’ll notice minimised pores, improved texture, a bounce and radiance to your skin and fewer breakouts.
Types of Chemical Exfoliation.
To AHA or BHA? That is the question. Here's a simple breakdown of the main types of skincare acids and what they do:
What Are AHAs?
AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) are a group of water soluble acids naturally found in fruit, milk, and sugarcane.
AHAs = glycolic acid, citric acid, lactic acid and malic acid.
AHAs work on the surface layers of the skin, but can cause irritated and inflamed skin, particularly if you’re prone to sensitivity.
What Are BHAs?
BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) are oil soluble acids best for acne-prone skin.
The most common BHA is salicylic acid.
BHAs can penetrate deeper into the skin to break down oil and sebum clogging pores.
You can find out more about exfoliation in our YouTube video below!