Skincare acids are a fast-track to glowing, healthy looking skin. While the idea of slathering acid onto your complexion might feel a little scary, in reality, these solutions are your skincare saviours. With an extensive list of benefits that range from anti-ageing to unclogging pores, these active ingredients can be found in a variety of formulations — anything from masks and moisturisers, to serums and exfoliating scrubs.

Both visibly effective and straightforward to apply, skincare acids are an essential part of any beauty routine. Here’s a guide to 4 acids you need on your radar…


Coveting a bright, glowy and blemish-free complexion? You need glycolic acid lined up in your beauty cabinet stat. Praised for its wide-ranging benefits, glycolic acid is the ultimate multi-tasker when it comes to exfoliating skincare acids. Think anti-ageing and acne-busting properties, combined with a magic ability to stimulate skin cell turnover while retaining natural moisture.

Glycolic acid belongs to the family of AHA’s which stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid — a group of acids derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk and grapes. They work by dissolving the bonds between dead skin cells, which can be washed away to reveal bright, smooth and supple skin below.

Benefits of Glycolic Acid

  • Improves skin texture and tone
  • Minimises breakouts and the appearance of acne scarring
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Safe for all skin types

woods_ Deep Cleansing Scrub is formulated with glycolic acid and micrograins of natural volcanic rhyolite to exfoliate your complexion. In addition to deeply cleansing the face, our scrub actively removes impurities and unclogs pores without stripping your skin of its natural oils. With regular use, it will reduce the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores and hyperpigmentation.


The beauty secret behind Cleopatra’s incomparable good looks? Lactic acid. Legend has it that the Egyptian queen regularly bathed in milk to rejuvenate her skin from head-to-toe. First used by ancient civilisations centuries ago, this Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) derived from sour milk lightly exfoliates by dissolving dead skin cells. Alongside its cleansing properties, lactic acid will ultimately improve your skin’s tone and texture.

In comparison to glycolic, lactic acid is a milder, more gentle treatment which is perfectly suited to the most sensitive skin types. The lactic acid molecule is larger and won’t penetrate as deeply — this means you get more action on the skin’s outermost layer. By polishing and firming the skin surface, lactic acid provides an instant glow-up for those after a youthful look.

Benefits of Lactic Acid

  • Brightens and retextures the skin
  • Improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Treats acne-prone skin
  • Suited to the most sensitive skin types

woods_ Intense Peel Mask is a triple threat — it contains lactic, glycolic and salicylic acids to effectively exfoliate your complexion and trigger the production of new skin cells. The collagen-boosting formula relies on lactic acid to keep skin balanced and feeling refreshed. Once a week, simply apply a thin layer of this gel-mask to clean skin and leave for 2–4 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.


If you’re on the hunt for skincare with super blemish-fighting powers, salicylic acid is your hero ingredient. Formulated to treat acne, salicylic acid will penetrate oily skin, break down excess sebum and unclog pores to tackle stubborn blackheads and spots. Alongside its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, it exfoliates the skin to improve overall texture while reducing the visibility of wrinkles.

As a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) found in willow bark, salicylic acid works differently to AHA’s. Where glycolic and lactic acid target the skin surface, sweeping away dead skin cells to reveal the new skin beneath, BHA’s work deeper inside your pores, dissolving the dirt blockages that lead to those dreaded breakouts.

Benefits of Salicylic Acid

  • Unclogs pores
  • Reduces blackheads and blemishes
  • Improves skin texture
  • Reduces visibility of wrinkles

woods_ Deep Cleansing Mask and Pore Minimising Serum is formulated with salicylic acid to slough away dead skin cells and unblock pores. The addition of antibacterial zinc protects your skin against acne-causing bacteria — helping to maintain balance, reduce impurities and ward off blemishes.


Once beauty’s best kept secret, now, hyaluronic acid has garnered cult status in the beauty arsenal of skincare addicts across the globe. It not only holds the key to smooth, plump and beautifully hydrated skin, but it has all-important antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help to shield your skin against free radicals — these are molecules, created naturally by your body in response to pollution or other aggressors, that cause ageing and dark spots.

Hyaluronic acid operates like a magnet for moisture, helping your cells to retain as much as possible so that your skin feels incredibly hydrated and radiant. In fact, just one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to a staggering six litres of water. 

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

  • Smooths and plumps the skin
  • Hydrates
  • Protects the skin against pollution
  • Reduces wrinkles

woods_ Intense Hyaluronic Mask instantly boosts the skin by providing long-lasting hydration. The hyaluronic acid helps to maintain the moisture, firmness and elasticity of your skin whilst giving it a smooth appearance.