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Acids in Skincare: Your Guide to Safe Daily Use

Acids in skincare have gained a reputation for being powerful ingredients that can work wonders for your skin. But with so many choices out there, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure about which ones are safe for daily use and how they can benefit your skin.

Acids In Skincare

Let's start with the basics. Acids in skincare products can be divided into two main categories: alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). AHAs, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, work by exfoliating the skin's surface, revealing brighter and smoother skin underneath. On the other hand, BHAs, like salicylic acid are gentler and more suitable for sensitive skin, are oil soluble and penetrate deeper into the pores to unclog them and prevent breakouts.

One of the key benefits of incorporating acids into your skincare routine is their ability to promote cell turnover. As we age, our skin's natural exfoliation process slows down, leading to a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface. Acids help to slough away these dead cells, revealing fresher, more radiant-looking skin. Additionally, acids can help to fade hyperpigmentation, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone.

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How To Use Acids In Skincare?

But before you start slathering acids all over your face, it's important to use them safely and responsibly. AHAs include, for example, glycolic, mandelic and lactic acid. Salicylic acid is the most known BHA used in skincare.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. For daily use, choose mild acids. As a treatment or weekly exfoliation you can choose stronger acids.

  2. Acids and retinol. Be mindful when mixing acids with retinol. Retinol on its own can be irritating to the skin and even more if used together with acids. They can be used together effectively but make sure to batch test and start slowly.

  3. Acids and Vitamin C. Vitamin C and acids work amazingly together to brighten the skin. 
  4. Use sunscreen. Some acids, particularly AHAs, can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. Always follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day to protect your skin from sun damage. I recommend a minimum SPF30 protection.Rehydrate & Balance Beauty essence texture

Can You Use Acids Daily?

The short answer is yes - if you choose a gentle one. Overdoing exfoliating acids will lead to irritation and compromising your skin barrier health.

What's the best way to use acids daily? Now, let's talk about my favourite product for incorporating acids into your daily skincare routine: Rehydrate & Balance Beauty Essence. This powerhouse formula contains a moderate percentage of lactic acid that helps to gently exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and promote a brighter, more even complexion. Plus, it's enriched with hydrating ingredients like niacinamide and propadeniol to keep your skin moisturised and balanced.

The lactic acid in the formula is a result of fermenting process of oats. This process super-charges the oats and helps strengthen skin barrier, introduce a healthy pH and microbiome to the skin and increase radiance.

But don't just take my word for it—try it for yourself and see the results first-hand. Say goodbye to dull, lacklustre skin and hello to a radiant, glowing complexion. Your skin will thank you!

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So, Should I Include Acids in My Skincare Routine

Acids are a game-changer in your skincare routine, but it's important to use them safely and responsibly. Use a mild daily essence with acids for the best results and follow up with sunscreen during the day. And if you're looking for a product that harnesses the power of acids to reveal beautiful, healthy skin, look no further than Rehydrate & Balance Beauty Essence. Your skin will thank you for it!


Jenny, founder of Jenny Nordic Skincare

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