Thursday, July 17, 2014

Acids For Your Skin? Not As Bad As You Think!!

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]


Not all acids were made equal. In skincare products, acids are widely-used. But before you worry about you skin melting away or peeling off, hear us out first.
Back then, acids used in skincare products were only categorized into two main types: Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA). AHA and BHA are share a few common traits, but also have different benefits for the skin.
AHA and BHA both act as exfoliants. They stimulate collagen production, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles and creating a firm complexion.
Derived from fruits, nuts, milk and sugars, AHA exfoliates the skin’s surface, erasing traces of damage, ageing and dryness. They are also known to improve skin’s moisture level.
BHA, on the other hand, is derived from willow tree bark, wintergreen or sweet birch. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and is well-known for its ability to treat oily, acne-prone skin.
Today, acids in skincare are even more specific and skin-friendly. Here is Emmagem’s top pick of our favourite acids.

Hyaluronic Acid
If you’ve never heard of this before, you’re definitely missing out on a whole lot of awesomeness. Hyaluronic Acid, also known as HA, exists naturally in the body and is responsible for keeping our joints well-oiled. It’s also a major component in our skin, where it repairs tissue damage.
In skincare products, it…
  • Moisturises skin due to its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, thus locking in moisture.
  • Prevents wrinkles by plumping up the skin, making your complexion smoother and more supple.
Try this!
Skinceuticals Hydrating B5, RM374.50
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This clear, viscous fluid contains high concentrations of HA to hydrate skin from the inside out. Enriched with Vitamin B5, it repairs skin damage while restoring skin’s moisture levels.

Mandelic Acid
This aromatic AHA is derived from bitter almonds. In medicine, Mandelic Acid is used as an antibacterial, especially in the treatment of urinary tract or bacterial infections.
In skincare products, it…
  • Increases skin cell turnover to reveal healthier, younger skin.
  • Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, thus improving skin’s texture.
  • Lightens dark spots caused by sun exposure.
Try this!
Dr. Wu Daily Renewal Lotion with Mandelic Acid, RM144
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This lightweight lotion was the winner of Her World Singapore’s Beauty Awards in 2013. A blend of potent ingredients penetrates deep into skin to improve clarity and texture while helping skin renew itself.

Tranexamic Acid
A man-made form of amino acid, Tranexamic Acid is widely used to treat or prevent excessive blood loss during high-risk surgery.
In skincare products, it…
  • Blocks melanin formation and prevents dark spots on the skin
  • Lightens scars and marks caused by blemishes and pigmentation
Try this!
NARUKO Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Night Gelly, RM49
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Brighten skin when you sleep with this translucent sleeping mask, which drenches skin in moisture. 3% Tranexamic Acid, combined with Beta-white Peptides and Vitamin B3, smoothes out uneven skin tone while preventing formation of dark spots.

Salicylic Acid
One of the best-known BHAs ever, Salicylic Acid is derived from the bark of the willow tree. It’s widely used in skincare products, but is also known for its ability to ease aches and reduce fevers.
In skincare products, it…
  • Removes dead skin cell buildup from the skin’s surface
  • Unclogs pores and increases cell turnover
  • Heals acne and prevents further inflammation
  • Evens out skin tone or discolouration
Try this!
DHC Salicylic Acid Acne Toner, RM59.90
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Purify pores and keep skin clean with this alcohol-free toner, which works effectively to minimise acne breakouts and help skin recover. A blend of Salicylic Acid and botanical ingredients help to treat skin problems.

(Images: dailymail.co.uk and respective brands’ websites)

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