What is Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic Acid is a chemical exfoliant from the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) family. Compared to its AHA siblings – Lactic, Citric, and Mandelic Acids – it has the smallest molecular size, allowing it to penetrate a little deeper to stimulate the skin’s own production of valuable elements like Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid.
Why is it Alpha-H’s hero ingredient?
Thanks to its small molecular structure, Glycolic Acid is widely considered to be the “Queen” of chemical exfoliants. At Alpha-H we have been celebrating this hero Accelerating Acid for over 25 years.
Going one step further, our formulas are unique amongst competitors as they utilise a low pH to maximise bioavailability, without this low pH the acid is neutralised and rendered ineffective. This low pH allows Glycolic Acid to stimulate visible change in the skin and encourage long term resilience. Whatever your skin concern, we’re confident Glycolic Acid can work towards achieving your skin goals!
How does Glycolic Acid benefit your skin?
Incorporating Glycolic Acid into your regime offers both short and long term benefits. On application many users feel a tingle, this tells us the acid is working. As the resurfacing process begins, dull, dead and tired cells are swept away, making way for bright, clear and plump skin.
Over time you’ll see a reduction in uneven texture, tone and pigmentation. Glycolic Acid is also a great solution for breakouts and blemishes as well as for minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s the perfect ingredient for a year-round luminous, glowing complexion.
How does it work?
As we age, our skin’s own exfoliation process begins to slow and stubborn dead skin cells are held together on the surface by protein bonds.
Glycolic Acid works to break down these protein bonds, allowing dull, dead cells to fall away and encouraging new, fresh cells to push their way up to the surface. While it’s there, it also works to stimulate production of Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen, plumping and firming, smoothing out fine lines, and creating a more radiant complexion.
How to incorporate into your routine
Start slowly by introducing Glycolic Acid into your regular routine 1-2 nights per week. Leave a couple of days in between for your skin to recover. Gradually build up to a max of 4 exfoliating evenings per week.
Be sure to start your routine with a pH balanced, non-foaming cleanser, and in the morning a daily SPF is non-negotiable!