The wold of Aesthetics is rapidly changing. with the increasing demand and indulgence in beauty, the aesthetics profession is growing along with the scientific advances to meet the needs of the growing market. In this blog post I will discuss the benefits and draw backs of one of the most frequently sought after anti-aging skin care treatments and/or ingredients called Alpha Hydroxy Acid.
Where does Alpha Hydroxy Acid Come from?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs as they are commonly refereed are types of chemical acids that are typically used to exfoliate the skin and loosen dead cells that build up on the surface on the skin. Common AHAs used by estheticians are glycolic, lactic, mandelic, malic and tartaric acids. Typically, AHAs are chemical componds derived from natural sources, for example the AHA, Lactic Acid, derives from milk. Think of the ancient Romans bathing in milk to keep the skin soft. The reason they were so soft, was because of the natural acidity of the milk.
5 Benefits of Products that contain AHAs
As Alpha Hydroxy Acid is used as an anti-aging exfoliate, by loosening & removing dead cells on skins surface the skin will show the following improvements.
Dangers of Using Alpha Hydroxy Acids in your Skin Care Regimen
There are a couple of draw backs to consider when working with Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
If you are pregnant, do not use any form of AHAs. The chemicals penetrate the skin, that is why they work so well; however, because of this they go into the blood stream and can affect a growing fetus. Like with all skincare treatments, there are some that are recommended for long term use to treat a specific recurring skin condition. While others are more aggressive and are best for short term use. Be sure to consult an Esthetician before choosing the type of chemical exfoliate treatment you would like. In fact, if you are working with a good esthetician she/he will likely have the perfect one picked out for your skin type prior to your appointment.
Which Type of Alpha Hydroxy at Home Regiment is right for you?
Now a days, it doesn't seem as I if I can go to any skincare store without seeing some advertisement for AHAs. There are lots of at home options that are less potentate and safer for home use. AHA products are available in creams, lotions, serums, and gels. They are worn on the skin, unlike a professional skin treatment that is washed off by the end of your session.
Recommended AHA at Home Products
The key to continued success and results with any corrective skin care treatment is Home Care. To get the best results, you have to be using a product that complements the product your esthetician used during the treatment. Your esthetician will recommend what works best for your skin. However it never hurts to do a bit of research on your own.
One of my favorite professional brands is Dermalogica because they have very gentle products and are backed by a lot of research that they share openly. Another product that I really like is the SkinCeuticals line. SkinCeuticals is more expensive but their products have very small molecules and because of that, they penetrate the skin quickly. Both brands offer professional grade potency that is safe for at home use.
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I am an esthetician. spa owner, wife & mom that has a love affair with Skincare & Wellness.