Should I Put Beauty Acids On My Face?

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Acids are the key ingredients that everyone is talking about when it comes to their skincare regime, but why? What are all these acids? What do they do? And are they suitable for my skin?

Well here’s a quick and easy guide to three ingredients that you might find in your skincare products.

First up is Hyaluronic Acid.

This super ingredient can hold up to 1,000 times it’s own weight in water so is a great one for long term deep down hydration of dry, flaky and dehydrated skins. New research however warns that Hylauronic Acid will take moisture away from the skin if there is not enough hydration. So, use carefully and with a good skincare regime to make sure you get the best out of this product.

Next up is Salicylic Acid.

This ingredient dissolves the substance that causes skin cells to stick together which accelerates the exfoliation of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. It’s great for acne prone skin as it unplugs blocked pores allowing pimples to clear more quickly leaving you with a more even skin tone and texture. Every other day is a good usage guide for this ingredient.

Finally, let’s talk Azelaic Acid. 

Relatively new on the scene, this ingredient is working wonders on Acne prone skin and those prone to Rosacea. It has anti-inflammatory properties which clear bacteria from the skin, reducing redness and preventing future outbreaks. Keep well away from the eye area as this one stings if it gets too close to the eyes.

As always when you are starting off with a new product, especially one that is high in active ingredients, low and slow is the key.  Introduce new products slowly into your skincare routine, maybe a couple of times a week initially and work up from there.