Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are a great addition to your skin care regimen if you're experiencing poor texture, uneven skin tone, and fine lines and wrinkles. They are naturally occurring acids that work on all levels of the skin to encourage cell turnover and help diminish signs of photoaging - that means smoother, younger-looking skin with a more even tone. In addition to photoaging, these multitaskers are also used to help treat a variety of skin disorders including dry skin, acne, ichthyosis, and psoriasis.
AHAs are ideal for those experiencing signs of aging because they not only work in the top layer of the skin, they also work on the middle deeper layers, promoting healthier looking, plumper skin. In the top layer of skin, AHAs help exfoliate and enhance cell turnover, revealing fresher, newer, hydrated and healthier cells. Skin feels very smooth and soft and looks vital, healthy and glowing. Further down, AHAs even pigmentation and increase cell renewal for a more even skin tone and complexion. In the deeper layers, AHAs increase collagen synthesis and promote the production of GAGs. Collectively, these effects result in an improvement in plumper skin and a diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin looks younger, smoother, more supple, firm and radiant.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids have a small molecular size and are quickly absorbed into the skin. This quick absorption can cause stinging and burning sensations if you are sensitive. If you are new to Alpha Hydroxy acids, we recommend starting slowly with a product, such as NeoStrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream SPF 20. This exfoliating day cream targets the signs of photoaging and is ideal for first time AHA users with non-sensitive skin.