You’ve heard the terms Alpha-hydroxy Acids, Beta-hydroxy Acid, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Copper Peptide, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, etc. What do these scientific terms really mean? How do they help your skin?
Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
You will find skin care products containing Alpha-hydroxy acids in creams, lotions and various anti-aging skin care products. Products with Alpha-hydroxy may decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. If you have sensitive skin, you can consult with your day spa esthetician or dermatologist about using products with Alpha-hydroxy. Side effects of using Alpha-hydroxy acid products, include mild irritation and sun sensitivity. To lessen your chances of developing any side effects, use products every other day in the initial stages of trying the product.
Beta-hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid)
Studies have shown that products with Beta-hydroxy Acid improve the skin’s texture and color. Products with Beta-hydroxy acid tend to be less irritating to the skin than products with alpha-hydroxy acid. Many beta-hydroxy acid products can be found at your local drugstore or department store.
Many skin care products contain retinol, a derivative of vitamin A. Retinol is used in acne skin care products such as Retin-A, a popular acne skin care product for teenagers, who tend to suffer harsh outbreaks of acne. Studies show that Retinol is able to penetrate the lower layers of the skin to improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and re-hydrate the skin.
Vitamin C allows the body to produce collagen, which is a key ingredient in the anti-aging process. The environment, sun damage and stress can wreak havoc on our skin, as we age. Vitamin C minimizes the aging process. Ask your day spa esthetician or dermatologist, for the best topical Vitamin C product.
Copper peptide, which has only been on the market since 1997, boosts collagen and elastin production. It helps to sustain firm skin and it does it better than other anti-aging skin care products. Copper Peptide also removes damaged collagen and elastin from your skin.
Alpha-Lopoic acid is believed to be the best anti-aging combatant due to its ability to fight skin damaging free radicals when compared to other antioxidants. Alpha-Lipoic Acid reduces fine lines and gives the skin a luster and healthy glow. It also boosts the levels of other antioxidants such as Vitamin C.