After writing the post on the benefits of having a Toner in your skin care regiment, a friend of mine let me know that she was already looking at the Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Pore Refining Toner.
I was quiet pleased with that, since she’d actually always resisted my advice. It was a huge compliment.
Spurred on by the promise of getting the product at a special price online, she headed on to the Bella Terra Cosmetics site, and decided that she would see what all the hype was about.
Knowing my friend, she was going to scrutinize every single detail of this product, just so that she can tell me what a load of BS it was. So right on queue, when she looked at the ingredients list, she saw that the toner has AHAs. “What in the heck are AHAs?!”, she demanded of me…
What are AHAs
α-Hydroxy acids, or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), are chemical compounds that have a carboxylic acid substituted with a hydroxyl group on the adjacent carbon. They occur naturally, but there are those that are synthetic as well. AHAs are well known for their use in the cosmetics industry…
If you are in the beauty store looking for a products, and you pick up something that is supposed to reduce the amount of wrinkles, rejuvenate, or make the skin look more youthful, there’s a high likelihood that the product contains AHAs. Those chemical peels you like to get at the Dermatologist’s office? Laden with AHAs. They are everywhere. Nature, and science’s gift to the woman who wants to stave off wrinkles, whilst on their journey to finding the elusive Fountain of Youth!
Benefits of Using Products with AHAs
There are many well-known α-hydroxy acids that are useful building blocks in organic synthesis: the most commonly found ones (check your kitchen) are glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, mandelic acid.
So what’s the benefit of using lemon/lime juice on your face?
Exfoliating with AHAs
According to Harvard Medical School; α-hydroxy acids are chemical exfoliants, and help to loosen and get rid of the dead skin cells on your skin’s surface. The school says the acids’ ability to exfoliate your cells is more effective than abrasive exfoliants like scrubs and cloths.
By now you should be aware that exfoliating on a weekly basis is one of the most important parts of a Beauty Regiment, right? So why not use an AHA every now, and again?
Exfoliating regularly gives you an amazing complexion, and prevents your skin from getting dull, which is really important in the Winter months, as it is in the Summer.
Natural Skin Lightening with AHAs
We all know that sun damage, and scars can lead to hyper pigmentation. But for women, did you know that taking birth control can also exacerbate the situation, and lead to skin discolorations on your face?
Even though I don’t advocate make up readily, if you find that this issue of hyper pigmentation, and discoloration does have an effect on your confidence, and self esteem, take it as a short-term solution, and begin to take better care of yourself, since the concealer will not correct the skin-tone, merely hide it away, for you to confront later that evening–don’t tell me about BB and CC creams please!
Paula Begoun, a skincare expert, says: “α-hydroxy acids can help to inhibit melanin formation. This makes them a formidable method of removing discolorations that leave your skin tone dark.”
AHAs Improve Skincare Absorption
Dead skin, and debris can inhibit your skin’s ability to absorb the maximum amount of active ingredients found in your skincare creams and serums. Since α-hydroxy acids remove debris to expose the underlying cells, they can optimize your skin’s absorption levels so you get the maximum results from your favorite skincare products, hence the reason why the Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Pore Refining Toner works so well, because it helps everything that you are already using work the best!
AHAs Leave You with Fewer Wrinkles
α-Hydroxy acids can reduce the severity of surface lines and wrinkles for several reasons, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
First, the acids take off the top, damaged layer of skin, revealing the less-damaged skin beneath and allowing for the regrowth of new skin cells, so that in future the process can be repeated.
Second, the acids may enhance your body’s production of collagen. You know? That protein that makes your skin look plumper than a two year old’s cheeks? I don’t know about you, but who needs Botox, when you can just use lemon juice to get your skin to look more youthful!
What’s a Mandelic Acid?
I realized that I had mentioned Mandelic acid (amongst Citric acid, Glycolic acid, and Lactic acid) as some of the most commonly found α-hydroxy acids.
Basically; Mandelic acid is an α-hydroxy acid extracted from bitter almond. It’s pretty amazing in its ability to lighten, and even skin tone!
What are the side effects of Mandelic acid?
The side effects of Mandelic acid are minimal, especially when compared to similar skin care ingredients such as glycolic acid, which is another α-hydroxy acid, or hydroquinone, a skin lightening ingredient. However, because Mandelic acid is an exfoliant, it will expose new layers of skin to the sun. If you use any products with Mandelic acid, be sure to follow up with a sunscreen.
So like my friend Lindsay, I hope you are satisfied with my explanation.
Simply send an email message to: thatbword(at)gmail(dot)com and I will respond to it as soon as I can–maybe in the next post!
- Exfoliation and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (onlyyourxskincare.wordpress.com)
- Six Ways to Brighten and Restore Your Winter-Dry Skin (prweb.com)
- Glycolic Face Peel (glycolicfacepeelzny.wordpress.com)
- Aha Moisturizer (ahamoisturizerus.wordpress.com)
- Skin Care Beauty Tip of the Week (julielindh.com)