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AHAs & BHAs: The Skincare Acids to Know for a Great Complexion

AHAs and BHAs: The Skincare Acids to Know for a Great Complexion

When it comes to achieving a radiant and flawless complexion, understanding the power of skincare acids is key. Two types of acids that are the most well-known in the beauty world are AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids). In this article, we'll delve into what AHAs and BHAs are and explore some of our favourite skincare products that contain these acids for a complexion-transforming experience.

Of course there are more acids in the skincare world, and for an in-depth look  on those, head over to our Ultimate Guide to Skincare Acids

What are AHAs in Skincare?

Alpha Hydroxy Acids, or AHAs, are a group of water-soluble acids derived from fruits, milk, or sugar. Common types of AHAs include glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane), lactic acid (from milk), and mandelic acid (from bitter almonds). AHAs are renowned for their exfoliating properties, helping to slough off dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote cell turnover. This results in a smoother, brighter complexion and can be particularly beneficial for those with dull or ageing skin.


Keep reading: Everything you need to know about Mandelic Acid

What are BHAs in Skincare?

Beta Hydroxy Acids, or BHAs, are oil-soluble acids, with salicylic acid being the most well-known member of this group. BHAs are excellent for penetrating oil glands and are particularly effective for individuals with oily or acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it an ideal choice for treating acne and preventing future breakouts. BHAs also help to exfoliate the skin, removing dead cells and preventing pores from becoming congested.


Keep reading: The Clarifying Benefits of Salicylic Acid


Scroll Down for Our Favourite Skincare Products that Contain AHAs and BHAs. Or shop all AHA BHA skincare now.

Clear Skin Multi Fruit Acid Serum: 

A clear skin favourite, this BHA exfoliant is formulated with salicylic acid to unclog pores, reduce blackheads, and promote an even skin tone. It's suitable for all skin types and can be used daily.

Shop Clear Skin Multi Fruit Acid Serum



Brightening Correction Peel: 

Packed with lactic and mandelic acid, this weekly treatment helps to brighten and exfoliate the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's a luxurious addition to your skincare routine for a youthful glow.

Shop Brightening Correction Peel



Clear Skin Anti Blemish Face Wash: 

For an affordable BHA cleanser, consider the Anti Blemish Face Wash. Formulated with salicylic acid, it effectively treats and prevents breakouts while cleansing the skin.

Shop Clear Skin Anti Blemish Face Wash



Resurfacing Active Moisture Cream: 

Combines both AHA and BHA to provide a comprehensive exfoliating and clarifying experience. It helps to refine skin texture and promote a clearer complexion, all while keeping skin moisturised.

Shop Resurfacing Active Moisture Cream



Age Reversal High Performance Hydroxy Acid Exfoliator: 

Six different hydroxy acids combine to transform the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, providing a visibly brighter complexion and refining uneven skin texture.

Shop Age Reversal High Performance Hydroxy Acid Exfoliator



Resurfacing Facial Toning Mist - Glycolic Acid: 

This budget-friendly toner contains glycolic acid to gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it smoother and more radiant. Incorporate it into your evening routine after cleansing.

Shop Resurfacing Facial Toning Mist - Glycolic Acid



The Final Words on AHAs and BHAs in Skincare

Incorporating AHAs and BHAs into your skincare routine can transform your complexion by addressing various concerns, from dullness and uneven texture to acne and blemishes. Remember to introduce these acids gradually and wear sunscreen during the day, as they can increase sensitivity to the sun. With the right products, you can achieve a radiant and healthy-looking complexion that truly stands out.


Keep reading: 3 Easy Ways To Exfoliate with the Resurfacing Range
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