Winter is definitely upon us, which means your skin is probably feeling the season in a big way. Your dry, flaky, parched skin is ready for a change. Why not brighten things up with a skincare combo that packs a one-two punch when it comes to your winter skincare routine. Winter skincare warriors such as alpha-hydroxy acid exfoliates, while hyaluronic acid moisturizes—working together to balance, repair, and heal your skin. Here’s why alpha-hydroxy acid is the one ingredient you need in your winter skincare routine.
What Are Alpha-Hydroxy Acids?
Alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs are a group of natural acids used in products as chemical peels. Derived from animal or plant products, they are primarily used to exfoliate the skin, promote collagen and blood flow, correct skin discolorations, increase product absorption, and improve the appearance of fine lines.
How Do They Work?
There are several types of AHAs, but you’ll mostly find either glycolic and lactic acids in skincare products. They work by dissolving the bonds between your skin cells, which leads to natural shedding of dry skin, revealing softer, smoother skin that is ready to absorb your other skincare products such as hyaluronic acid serums. AHAs are also commonly used in anti-aging skincare products and are known for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots while improving the skin texture and elasticity. This is why using products with AHAs to exfoliate offers benefits that go beyond your winter skincare routine.
Why Exfoliate In The Winter
During the winter months, the air's humidity drops significantly, and less moisture in the air can lead to dry, flaky skin. Suddenly that dewy glow is replaced by dull, dry skin. While moisturizers and serums will help, if you don’t replenish the skin through exfoliation, new skin cells have a more challenging time coming through. Exfoliation will also improve the effectiveness of moisturizers, masks, and serums, but remember not to overdo it…once or twice a week is ideal for healthy skin.