AHA BHA PHA: All you need to know about the most popular exfoliating acids AHA BHA PHA: All you need to know about the most popular exfoliating acids

AHA BHA PHA: All you need to know about the most popular exfoliating acids

Exfoliation is a must in any good beauty routine to make sure dead skin cells, responsible for making your complexion look dry and dull, are taken care of. By now, you are probably well aware of it, using a mechanical peel on a regular basis. But you may need a little more than your traditional exfoliator sometimes to get that radiant glow you’ve always dreamt of. :)
Welcome to the world of acids! We hear you… The idea of adding acids to your beauty routine may sound a little scary, but the truth is some of them, used at the right concentration, could bring your quest for smooth and even complexion to the next level!
Read ahead and find out everything you need to know about AHA BHA PHA on Skincare. 

What are AHA BHA PHA peels?

AHA BHA PHA are acids that belong to the hydroxy acid family. Very well-known in the cosmetic industry for addressing many kinds of skin issues, these acids are found in various natural sources such as fruits and plants. They all offer mild peels that help exfoliate skin gently and give your face a smoother, younger look.  Let’s have a closer look at these beauty game-changers!


AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)

There are many different kinds of AHA, such as glycolic acid, mandelic acid, malic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid, lactic acid, etc.
These water-soluble acids are the skin’s surface’s best friends: they act on the most superficial layer of the skin to boost cellular turnover, improve collagen production and retain moisture. The result? Skin looks firmer, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, skin tone is more even and luminous
In order to avoid skin irritation, always use products with a small dosage of AHA. The use of sunscreen is also recommended as AHA increases the sensitivity of skin to ultraviolet radiation.

BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids)

The most common BHA in skincare products is salicylic acid. Unlike AHA, these acids are oil-soluble and have the power to penetrate deeper into the skin’s surface and unclog pores effectively: they are the perfect fit for blemish-prone skin! Beta Hydroxy Acids also help target pimples and blackheads thanks to their antibacterial properties that regulate sebum production. 
The result? Skin is soothedless drymore even and softer.

PHA (Poly Hydroxy Acids)

Do you have sensitive skin to dry skin? Turn towards PHA
These exfoliating acids work on the top layers of the skin as well, but they don’t penetrate as deeply as AHA which makes them less irritating.
Poly Hydroxy Acids provide a gentle peel and deep hydration without making the skin more sensitive to sunlight. They generally suit all skin types. 
The result? Skin dryness, wrinkles and pigmentation are visibly reduced.

In addition to all these properties, AHA BHA PHA peels prepare the skin for the next steps of your routine, making it more receptive to the active ingredients of your usual skincare products.
Have you chosen your winner yet? Unless you are wondering if AHA BHA PHA can be mixed… :)

AHA BHA PHA peeling solution benefits

As each kind of these different acids addresses different skin conditions and targets distinctive skin layers, a blend can definitely be used to achieve greater effects simultaneously: from treating fine lines and wrinkles to healing acne or sun damage.

Try our Skin Hero Peeling : a unique AHA BHA PHA cocktail, enriched with white Ginseng, that peels your skin gently, unifying and brightening your complexion in just 2 minutes. The perfect balance to enhance the beauty of your bare skin in no time!

Important note : if you use Skin Hero Cream as part of your beauty routine, make sure to choose your fav as they both contain exfoliators!

How to use an AHA BHA PHA peeling solution?

First of all, always pay attention to the concentration of acids in the peeling solution you use in order to make sure it is gentle to your skin. Also, before putting the solution on your face, do a patch test: apply a small amount of it on the inside of your elbow or your wrist for example. 

When you know it is ok for you to use, cleanse your face, then apply your facial peel on dry skin avoiding the eye and lip contours. Leave on for just a few minutes (do not go beyond the prescribed time), then rinse thoroughly and pat skin dry.

The best time to use your AHA BHA PHA peeling solution is just before bedtime, so your skin can rest properly (no more than once a week!). 
Stop using it if you experience any irritation.

The best thing to do after an AHA BHA PHA peel

When you are done with your facial peel, it’s time to soothe, moisturise and nourish. 

Follow up by applying products that reinforce the moisture barrier. Use hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and double check the moisturisers you apply don’t contain any exfoliating acids.

In the morning, stick to your usual beauty routine, including makeup. And don’t forget to put on some sunscreen!