The Skin-Boosting AHA Formulas You Need

The Skin-Boosting AHA Formulas You Need
You’ve probably been reading about skin exfoliants, but what’s the difference between AHA vs BHA? AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid, or to make it simple, it’s the type of chemical exfoliant that will remove the top layer of your skin. Unlike BHAs, AHAs will not penetrate into your pores but stay on the surface. For those with more sensitive skin or shallow imperfections, this is the type of exfoliants you’d want to go for. When shopping for AHA exfoliants, you want to lean towards products that contain acids like glycolic acid or lactic acid, they will work to exfoliate the skin and get rid of discolouration and pigmentation.

How often should I use AHAs?

While AHAs are a gentler form of chemical exfoliants than BHAs, we do recommend only using it 2-3 times a week, or every other day. To ensure your skin barrier stays healthy and you don’t over strip the skin, it’s better to give your skin a day to or two to recover after exfoliating.

The Best AHA Products to Exfoliate the Skin

01

Summer Fridays

Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution, £ 29,00

Best AHA toner
Reveal beautiful radiance skin with this effective, yet gentle exfoliating toner by Summer Fridays. With skin-bosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, this toner will help balance your skin and gently unclog pores. You’re sure to wake up with beautiful, glowing skin the next day.

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02

Sunday Riley

Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment, £ 70,00

Best AHA Serum
Sunday Riley always has some of the best supercharged formulas, and the Good Genes serum is no different. We like to use this one when skin is looking a bit dull and needs a little boost of radiance. Use this serum in the evening and you’ll wake up with better texture and bouncy skin.

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03

Drunk Elephant

Bouncy Brightfacial™, £ 62,00

Best AHA and BHA
If you love Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos night serum, then you’re going to love their latest launch. The Bouncy Brightfacial mask is a cocktail of exfoliating acids that will help resurface the skin, remove dead skin cells and give your skin more bounce. It’s especially great for those who struggle with pigmentation and texture.

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04

Kate Somerville

ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash, £ 19,00

Best AHA Cleanser
Cleansing is one of the three most important steps to a solid skincare routine, especially for those who struggle with oily, acne-prone skin. This Kate Somerville face wash is perfect for those who like to gently exfoliate gently but don’t want to bother with using multiple products. Like other products in the Exfolikate line, this will help take the day off and remove any impurities that have accumulated over the day.

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05

Malin + Goetz

Resurfacing Glycolic Pads, £ 42,00

Best AHA pads
Instantly get the glow with these resurfacing pads. While a lot of exfoliating pads contain a blend of strong acids that can be too harsh on the skin, Malin + Goetz have formulated these pads with the perfect amount of glycolic acid to gently exfoliate the skin after a long day.

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06

Biossance

Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum, £ 50,00

Best gentle formula
For those with extra sensitive skin who find it difficult to use an exfoliating product without having some redness or flare-up, Biossance has your back. Made with squalane to provide extra hydration, this night serum with lactic acid will work to exfoliate the skin, target dullness and pigmentation without stripping the skin.

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