Acids. The word itself can be intimidating enough for some people to not dare go near them – let alone apply them to their faces. Many first heard of acids in primary school during chemistry class, which is why caution and danger are often some of the first words to pop up in their heads when hearing the term. But there’s actually lots of good reasons why you shouldn’t dodge products that mention acids in their ingredient list. Here’s some of our favorite acids and why we love them.
The power of acids
If you love diving headfirst into the skincare-lexicon, the word actives might not be new to you. If the term doesn’t ring a bell, here’s a short explanation to sum it up: Basically, actives target a specific skin concern. Meaning, they have proven effects in treating issues such as dryness, signs of premature aging, eczema, and the list goes on. In other words, actives can change your skin for the better – which is why we hold them dearly in our products.
So why is this essential knowledge when talking about acids? Because many types of acids serve as actives in skincare products. They work their magic differently, but they’re all a great way to unleash your skin’s true potential. It’s all about choosing the right acid.
YOUR MANUAL TO SKINCARE ACIDS AND THEIR BENEFITS
In the following, we’ve gathered a list of acids you can encounter in our products, which will hopefully make it even easier for you to make the right choice for your skin:
HYALURONIC ACID: This skin-replenishing ingredient immediately boosts the skin’s moisture content and elasticity. It’s especially known for its hydrating and soothing properties as well as its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Despite its name, however, this substance actually isn’t considered an acid due to its low pH level and the fact that it doesn’t hold exfoliating properties. Still, it’s a worshipped ingredient in the skincare world for its numerous benefits – but that’s a whole other talk, you can dive into in our blogpost Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid.
Suitable for: All skin types.
Find it in our: Intense Hyaluronic Mask, Daily Hydra Cream, Lip Repair, Daily Mineral Gel, Daily Hydra Cream Sensitive, 24-Hour Hydra Gel.
SALICYLIC ACID: This impurity-fighter is best known for its ability to remove excess oil and dead skin while unclogging pores. The acid works deep in the skin to help eliminate build-up and prevent future breakouts as it is fat soluble.
Suitable for: Breakout-prone and oily skin.
Find it in our: Pore Minimizing Serum, Deep Cleansing Mask, Skin Perfector BHA.
LACTIC ACID: This acid effectively lightens dark spots and improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles. A helpful ingredient to keep your skin young and glowy, as it also boosts the skin’s natural collagen production. What’s not to like?
Suitable for: All skin types, including the most sensitive skin types.
Find it in our: Intense Peel Mask, Skin Perfector BHA, Skin Perfector Seboclear.
GLYCOLIC ACID: Popular for its ability to break down dead skin cells between skin layers, this acid can help you achieve your dreams of glowy, bright, and even skin. It effectively improves the skin’s texture and tones while minimizing breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Suitable for: All skin types
Find it in our: Deep Cleansing Scrub, Energizing Scrub, Intense Peel Mask, Deep Cleansing Mask.
HOW TO INCORPORATE ACIDS INTO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINES
As with many other things in the skincare universe, you should never just jump into acids full force. It’s important to give your skin a chance to react to the effects, and the process of incorporating acids into your skincare routines should therefore be slow and steady.
Be aware that products containing lots of actives can cause a reaction of temporary redness to the skin. This is completely normal and only shows that the ingredients are working. The most important thing is ultimately to note how your skin responds to your products.
If you’re ever in doubt of how to use your acid-enriched products, you can always turn to our website, where a “how to use” guide is included in every product description. And of course, we’re always ready to answer any questions you might have!