Anyone who knows me will know how obsessed I am with using acids on my face. Sounds crazy, right?
Maybe what you didn’t know is that our skin (at some level, skin type dependant) is acidic. This is due to our skin needing to store moisturise in and extracting the bacteria out.
*The sciency stuff - if your pH balance is off (and too alkaline) your skin will most likely look flaky and red. If your skin is too acidic, your skin may be slightly inflamed and increase your chances of developing acne and oily prone skin.⬇️
When used correctly, acids are the most effective form of skincare when needing to tackle those problem areas, such as wrinkles and acne scars.
Acids change the skin on a chemical level and have a noticeable effect on the appearance of the skin by peeling off the outer layer to reveal new layers of skin.
*all acids I use in my skincare routine:-
Niacinamide+zinc - PM routine, 2 x a week. Ideal for reducing excess oil production, acne scars and pigmentation.
The combination of zinc and niacinamide helps to clear congested complexions and minimise the appearance of blemishes and scars.
*if you have oily and acne prone skin- this is the ONE for you. It improves skin texture and smoothness whilst helping to calm breakouts and reducing excess oil.
Hyaluronic acid- every day, twice a day- spray AM; serum PM. Helps to retain moisturise and creates a plumping effect.
Hyaluronic helps to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles by retaining moisturise in the skin which creates a plumping effect.
When the skin is protected and hydrated, increased cell production takes place which leads to smoother and plumper skin cells.
Retinol 0.2%- PM routine, 2 x a week. Great for eliminating signs of ageing, improvement in skin texture and fine lines.
Retinol is a type of retinoid that’s made from vitamin a. Using this on your skin will help to neutralise free radicals to boost the production of elastic and collagen. Similar to hyaluronic, this helps to create the plumping effect that reduces fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores.
*id recommend starting off with a super low form of retinol (such as a 0.01% to build up a tolerance to it. Start by using it once a week and gradually introduce it more frequently as the weeks progress.
Vitamin c- every day, AM routine. Protects skin and encourages new collagen production.
Vit c is the ultimate essential acid (IMO) with its benefits being endless. Evening our skin tone, neutralising free radicals, protecting your skin from harmful rays and potents. Used every day (AM) in conjunction with your SPF is a marry match made in heaven, which your skin will be eternally grateful for!
Salicylic acid- 2 x a week, PM routine. Helps with exfoliating and purifying pores by removing dead skin cells and bacteria from the skin.
Do you use any acids on your skin? What do you use? 🤍
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