Brighter skin is a common goal we have when it comes to nourishing and caring for our skin through skincare routines. Achieving brighter skin gives us a radiant glow we all strive for, especially as we get older.
How can you achieve brighter skin? Well, of course, a skincare routine definitely needs to be incorporated into your day, if you don’t have one, you can learn all you need to know here.
But, let’s take a look at the skincare ingredients that can be used to help with brightening your skin!
Disclaimer: We are not a dermatologist or skincare expert. We offer advice based on research findings. We recommend everyone understand what they put on their skin for themselves and visit a dermatologist for serious skin concerns.
What are the key ingredients in skincare for brighter skin?
When you are looking to achieve brighter skin, you want to look for skincare that has key ingredients that help with this transformation.
These two ingredients include AHAs and BHAs, which are two types of hydroxy acids. To break it down, AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid and BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid. If you want to learn more about the science behind these, please click here!
Now, how can they help your skin?
What are AHAs and BHAs and how do they help your skin?
Skincare products including peels, scrubs, toners, cleansers, moisturisers and masks contain AHAs and BHAs as the main ingredient! These are a key ingredient that can help with the brightening of your skin.
AHAs – this is a water-soluble acid, made from sugary fruit. This acid helps peel the surface of the skin (like an exfoliator) allowing for new and better-pigmented skin cells to form on the surface. After using AHAs, you might notice your skin is a lot softer to touch.
BHAs – this is more of an oil-soluble acid, which means it can get deeper into your pores to remove the dead skin cells.
The role of both of these acids is to exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells. The removal of dead skin cells helps for new, fresh and brighter skin to come to the surface. Each product you use for skincare has a different concentrate of these two acids.
What you need to think about when purchasing products with AHAs and BHAs is your own skin type and how your skin will react to these ingredients.
If you have a good reaction to these acids (hopefully most people will), it is great to help tone the skin, improve the texture, remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and decrease the appearance of larger pores, as well as surface wrinkles.
What acid is best for your skin?
When it comes to choosing whether you should use AHAs and BHAs, you need to look at your skin and what you are trying to help improve.
AHAs: is used for mild hyperpigmentation like age spots, scars and large pores! AHAs are labelled as good for all skin types, but you want to be careful if you have sensitive skin or extremely dry skin. Trialling small parts on your skin is always recommended.
BHAs: is used for those who suffer from acne or sun-damaged skin. As the products go into the deep parts of the hair follicles in order to dry out excess oil and remove the dead skin cells to help unclog pores – this means it is better for oily skin or combination skin.
What about dry skin?
If you have dry skin or are looking for more anti-ageing properties, AHAs are the best ingredient!
When using any skincare products on your face, it is always recommended you use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
The different acids in AHAs and BHAs
Here are some of the different AHA and BHA acids you will find in your skincare products.
Lactic: Although most AHAs are made up of fruit, the lactic acid is made from lactose. This is found in milk. It is good for exfoliation and anti-ageing.
Tartaric: Made from grape extracts that can help with sun damage and acne.
Glycolic: The most used AHA and comes from sugar cane. It is great for exfoliation and it a great allrounder for skin concerns.
Citric: Of course, comes from citrus fruit extracts. It has a purpose to neutralise the pH levels in the skin, which can even out patches on the skin. It works as a good serum or toner. This is also seen in BHA based products.
Malic: An AHA and BHA type acid, which comes from apple acids. This can be used to make other AHA acids more effective.
Mandelic: Is made from almond extracts and can be used with other AHAs to increase the exfoliation properties. Also, used alone can help improve texture and the size of pores.
Salicylic: The most common BHA. It is used in a lot of acne treatments and can also be used to calm down redness or inflammation in the skin.
Can you use AHAs and BHAs together?
It can be known that in some instances, AHAs and BHAs together can be used. However, this will depend on the skin type. Do not layer them on each other and use them on different days or different times of the day.
We recommend you seek advice from a professional before doing this!
Both AHAs and BHAs have one objective, brighter and nicer looking skin! Both use a level of exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling and looking fresh and vibrant!
When looking to use either AHA or BHA products, make sure you know what skin type you have OR what result you want from your skincare. Always seek professional advice and test the skin products before using them all over your face!
We can’t wait for your to achieve brighter skin!