An AHA treatment is often an add-on to a facial and when performed as a course of treatments you'll soon notice an improvement in your skin tone, clearer pores and a noticeable rejuvenation of your skin’s appearance.
But what is an AHA treatment?
Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, are natural acids derived from fruits. They act as a chemical exfoliant on your skin to help loosen and get rid of dead cells on your skin surface. Regular exfoliation helps to keep your complexion naturally bright by preventing a build up of dead skin cells that dull your skin, clog your pores and cause a showing effect in lines that make them look deeper.
“Alpha hydroxy acids are more effective than manual exfoliants such as scrubs and cloths.”
-HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
Increase the effectiveness of your skin care products
Surface debris and dead skin build up stop your skin from fully absorbing the active ingredients in your skincare. AHA peels gently remove this to expose the underlying, younger cells. This optimises the absorption of your serums and creams so you get the maximum results from your skincare products.
Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Alpha hydroxy acids can reduce the appearance of surface lines and wrinkles. The AHAs take off the top, damaged layer of skin, revealing less-damaged skin beneath and allowing for the regrowth of skin cells. They also enhance your body's natural production of collagen, the protein that plumps and firms the skin surface.
Helps with skin pigmentation
Skin discolouration and pigmentation on your face can be caused by sun damage, scars and other health problems. While you can use a concealer to cover them, this doesn’t help to correct your skin tone.
“AHA peels can help to 'inhibit melanin formation’ and reduce discolourations that leave your skin tone dark.”
— Paula Begoun /Author / Don’t go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me
Because the acids make your skin more susceptible to the sun, wear a sunscreen after you have an AHA treatment or if you use AHA-boosted creams or serums.
So if you have a special event coming up, or you just want to improve the appearance of your skin and give yourself a lift, consider a series of AHA facials. You’ll notice a difference after just one, but a series of 3 or more will give you a longer lasting result.