As we get older there are the signs that start to show up on our face, the fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, uneven skin tone, and texture. You get the idea. The sad fact is that as we age, our collagen and skin elasticity decreases. Yet, we strive to stay forever young and start to buy this or that, the latest and greatest anti-aging systems that promise your instant results that deep down we know are not a reality, however, we still keep adding to our skincare collection.
We made through the dead of winter that plagued us with quite the array of skin woes, particularly dull, drab, and lackluster complexions. Now we are in amidst of spring, maybe for some, your skin has gotten better, while others may still be experiencing skin issues. We all face the accumulation of drab and dead skin cells that makes us look like a hot mess and the result, not such great-looking skin.
Knowing what is out there regarding proper skincare health and maintenance, and the science and research to back it up, now is the time to take back your skin and fight the signs of aging, so your complexion can be radiant and fabulous. How is this possible? By using anti-aging skincare products that are derived from fruits and plants, giving you the skin benefits from natures’ all-natural ingredients.
Read on to learn about the Alpha Hydroxy Acids, The Most Naturally Derived Source of Ingredients in Anti-Aging Skincare, and the amazing advantages AHAs skincare products can have for different skin types.
Now enters your new superhero, AHAs, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids. The greatest thing since sliced bread. The unrefined, pure, and glorious acids are naturally derived from fruits and plants and can have major effects on your skin, and we mean in a great way. Facial acids, aid to act as an exfoliate and help shed your skin down to the cellular level, assisting in getting rid of those dead, drab skin cells and yucky build-up, that not only can clog your pores and generate blemishes (no thank you) and make your complexion dismal and drab inside of fit and fab.
AHAs, what are They?
Now enters your new superhero, AHAs, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids, the greatest thing since sliced bread. These unrefined, pure, and glorious acids are naturally derived from nature and can have major positive effects on your skin, and we mean in a great way. Facial acids act as an exfoliant and help shed your skin down to the cellular level, assisting in getting rid of those dead, drab skin cells and yucky build-up, that not only can clog your pores and generate blemishes (no thank you) but make your complexion dismal and drab instead of fit and fab
Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs, are a group of chemical combinations that are derived naturally or can be made synthetically. They can be found in naturally occurring foods, particularly fruits and plants. Fruits such as apples, citrus fruits, and berries are natural ingredient sources of AHAs.
AHA acids are generally found in skincare products such as cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, we all have skincare needs, and AHAs are magical in helping improving skin conditions.
You will commonly find alpha-hydroxy acids in skin care products for exfoliation, acne, and managing aging skin and signs of premature aging.
AHAs are way more delicate and gentler for you to use on your skin than the common facial peel, so they are pretty much for anyone, even those that has sensitive skin.
When you decide to do an exfoliation of your face, a layer of younger, softer, and smoother skin is revealed. A rosy glow and clearer completion will show an even skin texture. Now who doesn’t want that?
The Best Benefits of AHAs
AHAs may also amplify your skin's ability to absorb moisture, so your skin's tissue maintains smoothness which adds firmness, woohoo (waving bye-bye to lose skin)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids promote collagen growth. Collagen is a fiber that keeps your skin looking smooth and youthful; we mean, you can't go wrong with that. Old collagen fibers that become damaged as we age are eliminated and regenerated with the help of AHAs.
Why People Love AHAs
We all love AHAs in our skincare as the main ingredient since it improves our skin's overall texture, has antiaging benefits (firming up that loose and saggy skin), curtails wrinkles, and fine lines, and eliminates blemishes. Plus, it is just fun to say.
The research and users agree that the use of AHA skincare products is efficient and beneficial. Yet the most widely used and showing promising results are lactic acid and glycolic acid.
These Alpha Hydroxy Acids are less likely to cause any skin irritation since they are very gentle. For this reason, pretty much all AHAs sold in stores have lactic or glycolic acid as their AHA of choice.
Why would you settle for alpha hydroxy acid products over the counter sold at stores, when you have no clue how long they have been sitting on a store shelf?
Here at Nonie of Beverly Hills, we sell various AHA formulated products with the freshest and purest all-natural ingredients. Our products are manufactured every week and not in overproduction. Since we love the environment as much as you do; know that our AHAs products contain no toxic or harmful ingredients and come in glass bottles that can be recycled. Make sure to check out our ingredient list, which shows only the purest elements in our AHA products.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids Benefits for Each Skin Type
Dull Skin and Uneven Complexion
What is skin dullness? Have you ever looked in the mirror and saw your skin and said blah? The causes of dull and uneven skin occur due to a combination of dead skin cells, build-up, and poor circulation. When you introduce AHAs in your skincare routine for dull and drab skin, the acids attack both of these problems, in one shot. How they do this is by helping the flow of blood and collagen throughout your skin to eliminate those annoying dead skin cells. AHA’s make your dull and drab skin super fab by promoting new and healthy skin cells to grow.
No one at any age wants to battle acne. When the follicles in your skin get clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells and build-up, acne happens. The magic of the exfoliation benefits of AHAs can benefit acne-prone skin by ensuring that your pores stay clear and free of dead skin cells and debris, thus reducing breakouts.
Also, there are some AHAs that have antimicrobial properties that aid in fighting bacteria that cause acne, as well as fighting existing blemishes and prevent future ones from occurring. Lastly, they lessen the appearance of old acne scars.
If you don’t love AHAs by now, then you better keep reading on.
Sun Damaged skin (Premature aging)
Alpha hydroxy acid skin care products, specifically lactic acid particularly lactic acid show great results from photo-damaged skin. If you begin to see discoloration in your skin or age spots, this may be due to over-sun exposure. A skincare product that contains AHAs will help encourage cell regeneration and turnover ensuring a more even skin tone and fewer dark age spots. Make sure to use these products on your face of course, but also on your chest and neck to fight the signs of premature aging and skin damage from too much sun exposure from dangerous ultraviolet rays.
Usually, AHAs are said to be safe and used on all skin types, however, it's essential to note that your skin can be way more photosensitive than normal after being exposed to face acids. If you use an Alpha-hydroxy skincare product, it's recommended that you apply sunscreen on top of the applied AHA.
There is no scientific data or evidence to this present day that links the use of AHAs to increase your chance of getting skin cancer. But it is always smart to apply sunscreen before you leave the house.
Did you know that here at Nonie of Beverly Hills, we carry sunscreen? Our AHA 15 SPF Sunblock Moisturizer is nourishing and not sticky like others in the market. Our sunscreen contains all-natural ingredients like Coconut Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Orange & Lemon Oils, Coconut Emulsifier, Orchid Oil, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. All of these ingredients are organic, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids for Aging Skin
AHAs have been used for their anti-aging benefits, which include increasing collagen production, healthy blood flow, and new skin cell growth. It’s been said that Cleopatra bathed in sour milk, which would be considered a modern-day lactic acid.
Want to erase or minimize the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines, as well as have plump and firm skin, then make sure to include an AHA skincare product in your daily skincare routine. You will not be sorry. In the meantime, AHAs lighten and brighten your skin making it a natural, and plant-based powerhouse for aging skin.
What Can I Use with AHA!?
If you are not sure what can be used with AHAs do not worry, we have the information you need to know. However, when you decide you want to use other skincare products alongside your AHAs, you must be careful about what you choose to use and how to use it.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid Can be Mixed with Moisturizers.
This is crucial to avoid skin irritation. It would also be best if you considered using an SPF since your skin can become sensitive to the sun's UV rays after using AHAs.
Mix vitamin C with AHA!
The two of these are exceptional ingredients for focusing on any skin concerns you may have regarding discoloration or drab skin. However, they work so differently. Therefore, combining AHAs and vitamin C is a skin win for you, vs. using them singly. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, there is a bit of a catch of combing this double duo. You need to pay attention to applying these, the time order, and the right time.
- Apply AHAs at Different Times of Day
- Apply Them on Alternate Mornings or Nights
- Apply Them at the Same Time
- Apply Them 30 Minutes Apart
The concept is that the acid may inactivate or lessen vitamin C.
Natural Sources of Alpha Hydroxy Acids?
Luckily, for all you natural, clean, and green beauty skincare lovers, listen up, you do not need to waste money on harsh chemicals to give yourself a delicate self-care chemical peel at home.
AHAs come from fresh fruits, juices, and plants. So that means that many foods also contain the same natural acids that can gently be used as an exfoliant.
If you are a DIY type of person that likes to experiment and make your own skincare items at home, there are numerous beauty and skincare recipes that can be used as an exfoliant just like AHAs. Go crazy and make papaya or lemon and grapefruit masks. Your mask will be delicious and so will be your skin afterward.
Lemon and Grapefruit –The strongest source of all-natural derived AHAs are grapefruits and lemons. Lemons and grapefruit are the strongest sources of natural AHA’s in this list. Lemon has skin benefits for lightening discoloration in the skin like uneven stone and melasma.
A note to those with sensitive skin, citrus fruits make your skin even more sensitive, so it is wise to always use an SPF if you decide to do a spot-on treatment using these types of fruits.
Grapefruit is super rich in antioxidants, especially beta carotene. It revolutionizes dull, dry, and dehydrated skin and leaves it super dewy and radiant. Also, grapefruit contains Lycopene which is known to decrease inflammation of the skin from acne or eczema and helps even out your skin tone, for a smoother-looking complexion.
Papaya – Not only is papaya delicious, but it’s also a constructive exfoliation treat for your skin. You can make your mask with it or eat some papaya and then turn the inner peel into a mask for added exfoliation benefits.
Pineapple – Another tropical exfoliating treat for your face is pineapple. Obviously, it’s way too scratchy to apply to your face directly, so blend it up and apply to your skin as a fresh juice mask.
Tomato – So okay yeah, tomatoes are not tropical fruits, however, they contain a significant amount of AHA superpower. You can use the inside of a tomato for an anti-aging mask. Who knew?! But know you now.
What are the Different Types of Alpha Hydroxy Acids?
Glycolic acid is derived from natural sources like pineapple and sugarcane. It penetrates deeply into the skin to promote healthy cell function and youthfulness.
Lactic acid comes from tomatoes or milk. Its exfoliating properties make it a powerful treatment for acne and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin); it may also help to firm and tone the skin. It’s also especially gentle making it a good option for sensitive skin.
Mandelic acid can be derived from almonds or cherries. It has exfoliating and antibacterial properties, making it an excellent ingredient in products for acne-prone skin.
Citric acid is one of the most recognizable AHAs since it’s often found in food. Much like its name suggests, it is derived from various citrus fruits. Like mandelic acid, it has antibacterial properties that can help to combat acne while exfoliating your skin.
Malic acid is naturally sourced from apples. Not only is it a great exfoliant, it’s also especially rich in antioxidants, making it a great anti-aging ingredient in skincare products.
Tartaric acid is naturally sourced from grapes. It has pH balancing properties that can help to soothe and heal inflammation and over-processing.
Nonie of Beverly Hills Produces the Freshest AHA Skincare Products with Naturally Derived Ingredients
Many people believe passionately that natural, organic ingredients are better for the skin, and we can’t agree more.
AHA skincare is proven to curtail acne, dark/age spots, dehydrated skin, and uneven skin tone and textures, so combined with eating healthy foods you will have super luminous skin in no time.
Yes, there are so many AHA skincare products out in the beauty and skincare markets, but which one do you know is right for you. We here at Nonie of Beverly Hills are here to help you find the AHA moisturizers for you and your skin type. From an AHA cleanser, AHA body lotion, eye cream to sunscreen; we got you covered. All of Nonie's products are 100% vegan with nutritious all-natural aha ingredients that can revitalize maturing skin and give it a glow.
Take a look at our website and see which AHA product(s) will take care of your skin's unique needs.
Whether we like it or not, our skin will eventually age. However, you can do things about it, like incorporating AHA skincare products into your daily AM and PM routines.
By: Merri Wong