Hold up, don’t leave just yet. We know how daunting it is to hear (or in this case, read) the word ‘Acid’. Especially when we’ve spent the entirety of the past two years trying to build a beauty routine that is as natural as possible. Honestly, it’s totally normal to think ‘chemicals’ when someone mentions acids. Because to a large extent, they are exactly that. But girl, if you’re thinking about chemical burns, that ain’t it. 2021 is the year we school ourselves in the magical thing we call, ‘skin care acids’. Scroll away!
Before you tell us that natural is the only way to go, let us tell you, everything on this giant blue planet is made up of chemistry. So yeah, even your natural skin care involves a large amount of chemistry. In layman terms, acids are active exfoliating ingredients in your skin care. They mostly come under the umbrella terms of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA). Their main function is to aid in cell turnover. How do they do that? It’s simple. They basically dissolve the glue that holds the dead cells on your skin.
Now, your regular skin care that claims to boast of active ingredients like AHA and BHA has carefully controlled amounts. And so, you see their effect a tad bit slowly and only with consistent use. That is how you know that it is totally safe to use them. You might also see your skin flaking or peeling off after using a skin care peel. That’s just dead skin leaving your existence, girl. But, but, but… not all acids are just responsible for exfoliation. Alongside that, they also target different skin concerns. So, if you’re convinced, keep reading to read about our top favourite chemical acids and why we love them.