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6 Reasons To Use Acids In Your Skincare Regime

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If you’re still using a granular exfoliator it’s time to switch up your skincare regime. Acid-based products may sound scary, but their beauty-boosting credentials aren’t to be ignored. We caught up with facialist and all-round skincare guru Kate Kerr to find out why we should all be using them…

They Do More Than Exfoliate

Manual exfoliants only effect the skin’s surface, but acids work on a deeper level – dissolving the glue-like substance that bonds dead skin cells. Acid-based products can clean deep within the pore, have an anti-bacterial effect and some even boost hydration, collagen production and cell turnover. In short, they’re a sure-fire route to a more glowing, brighter complexion.

They’re Not All Super Strength

Thanks to new beauty developments, those with sensitive skin needn’t miss out on the beautifying benefits of acids. Lactic acid can reverse the appearance of sun damage, stimulate collagen and reduce hyper-pigmentation, but is much milder than other acids as it moisturises the skin while it exfoliates. Just remember that using an acid-based product can make skin more sensitive to the sun so be sure to pair with an SPF.

They Have Myriad Benefits

Before you jump onto the acid bandwagon, do your research and ascertain your skin type to make sure you’re using the right one. Acids like lactic and glycolic are great for exfoliating, while hyaluronic acid is a hydration hero – it’s a natural humectant (meaning it attracts and binds moisture) and works to plump up the skin. While it won’t exfoliate per se, it’s still labelled as an acid and a skincare essential.

They Can Fight Acne

If adult acne is your skincare woe, then make a beeline for products containing salicylic acid, which both treats blemishes and provides anti-inflammatory action. This two-pronged attack makes this acid a must-have when it comes to exfoliating deep within the pore, improving barrier function and stimulating collagen production.

They Can Be Used Every Day

Our skin is designed to shed cells on a daily basis, but we halt this process by applying products and make-up day in, day out. Luckily, using acids every day can mimic this natural process. The more you use an acid, the more exposure your healthy cells will get, ensuring that light is reflected rather than absorbed into the skin for a brighter complexion. If you’ve never used an acid before, start with a mild formula, or build up to daily use.

They’re Not Just For The Face

To treat a blotchy chest, spotty back or pimply arms, extend your acid-based toner, cream or cleanser a few inches south. If you’re using acids on the body, remember to apply SPF to those areas too.

The best acid for...

Dry skin? Without a doubt lactic acid, due to its hydrating properties.

Acne-prone skin? Salicylic acid – as it’s oil-soluble, it gets right to the root of blocked pores.

Ageing skin? Lactic acid, glycolic acid and pyruvic acid are all anti-ageing powerhouses.

Dull skin? Lacklustre, tired skin types will benefit from any acid.

Sensitive skin? Lactic acid and surprisingly salicylic acid, which can help reduce inflammation.

Glow Tonic, £18 | Pixi

This cult beauty product can be used like a toner to gradually diminish signs of sun damage, fine lines and scarring. 

Blemish Control Pads, £27 | Medik8

With salicylic acid to help clear and prevent blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads, these pre-soaked pads are ideal for acne sufferers.

Cleanse & Clarify, £56 | MZ Skin

A luxe blend of AHAs and papaya fruit enzymes to gently remove dead skin cells, refine pores and boost cell renewal – leave on for up to ten minutes for boosted results.

Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel, £36.75 | SkinCeuticals 

Containing a blend of LHA, glycolic and salicylic acid to thoroughly exfoliate, smooth skin texture, and brighten the skin, this is a great product for those concerned with skin ageing but still prone to breakouts.

Idealia Peeling, £22.50 (was £30) | Vichy

Packed with glycolic acid and antioxidants, this clever overnight treatment is the ultimate antidote for dull, lacklustre skin.

Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment, £42 | ZO Skin Health

Each pad is soaked in 2% salicylic acid, which works hard to remove dirt and oil, reduce sebum production and exfoliate dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores.

For more information or to book a treatment with Kate Kerr, visit KateKerrLondon.co.uk


Inspiration Credits: Glossier.com, Asos.com, SkinCeuticals.co.uk 
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