Brighten That Complexion

The way beauty brands work has changed in skincare. Usually we’re sold on the magic of adjectives such as hydrating, soothing and plumping and what a product can really do for us, but it’s slowly changing. A skincare brand I’ve always loved is Paula’s Choice as I find that their products really cater for the skin type and worries I have. Whether I’m on the oily side of combination or dry, the products I use always tends to both and it’s all down to the ingredients.

When it comes to your skin type there are loads of products out there that cater for dry, oily, combination, or for you lucky lot, normal. When you have one or two skin worries it can be harder to find the right products to serve everything. With Paula’s Choice they have decades of research and ingredient knowledge and they’ve kindly shared it with the world – thank you! What I really like about their products is that they state on the packaging what percentage of ingredient they use. It allows you to educate yourself on what ingredients work well for your skin and your worries.

As a skincare addict I’ve tried to educate myself on what really goes into products themselves whether it’s a Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), emollients or fragrances and I really wanted to share my findings with you guys. Recently I bought a product that I was quite scared of but really excited to try. It’s from The Ordinary, another brand that is rocking the ingredient knowledge front, that comes in an almost blood red liquid. The AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, full review coming soon, is a ten-minute exfoliating facial product. As I was looking through the ingredients I spotted Lactic Acid which is in a few of my other products and wanted to know what it was and what it’s doing to my skin.

What is lactic acid?

Lactic acid is one of the most popular AHA in skincare that helps reduce acne breakouts and the appearance of lines and wrinkles and is ideal for dry skin. It’s more gentle than Glycolic Acid, another AHA, that helps hydrate and brighten the look of your complexion.

What is the difference between AHAs and BHAs?

AHAs focus is to work on the skin’s surface and are generally ideal for normal to dry skin as one of it’s benefits is to help moisturise. BHAs not only work on the skin’s surface but inside the pore too and is prefect for normal to oily skin prone to blemishes. BHAs have skin-calming properties so is very gentle for sensitive skin. Personally, as I have combination skin I use products containing BHAs for my oily areas and AHAs for my dry areas which is usually my cheeks and nose. Both work as a chemical exfoliant.

What am I using?

I have quite a mixture of skincare products that all contain lactic acid from masks and moisturisers to mechanical exfoliants (contains a fine grain or powder) and peeling treatments. A facemask that I have been loving since it came out is Sand & Sky Pink Clay Mask (£39.50), see full review here, that works by unclogging the pores and giving you a smooth surface.

When I’m having quite a bad skin day I like to use The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (£6.30). You spread the vibrant liquid over your face, or in the areas you need it and leave it for ten minutes, then rinse off. I found that my skin instantly brightens and my complexion looks flawless and smooth. I’ve only used it a couple of times, due to making sure I have a resting period in between, but I feel as if my skin gets better every time. Another instant skin transformation is the proto-col microdermabrasion (from £11.95) as it combines the mechanical and chemical element of an exfoliant that helps renew your skin within 60 seconds – perfect for when I’m lazy or don’t have much time. For the days I only need minimal products, or if my skin is really oily, I tend to reach for products that are light and moisturising. Simple Hydration Boost (£6.99) is perfect for, well, boosting your skin. I apply this everywhere for a natural dewy finish and a moisture kick. See here for a full review.

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