In a previous blog post, we discussed different types of skincare acids and the skin types they’re compatible with. In today’s post, we’ll continue the discussion by explaining the beneficial properties of some more acids that should be in your skincare routine.
1) Ascorbic Acid
Ascorbic acid or L-Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants and acts as a vital molecule for skin health. It is derived from citrus fruits, raw bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries and Brussel sprouts. Research suggests that it is beneficial for brightening and evening skin tone as well as preventing and treating ultraviolet-induced photodamage. This acid controls ageing, reduces fine lines and removes dark spots. You can get this skincare acid in the form of a Vitamin C serum if you want to get rid of dark spots and wrinkles. It is generally available in a brown bottle because it loses its stability when exposed to sunlight. If you’re a first-time user, it can be a little irritating for your skin.
2) Retinoic Acid
Retinoic acid, also known as tretinoin, is derived from Vitamin A. It is often prescribed by dermatologists to treat acne, sun-related damage, and ageing skin. This powerful acid has anti-ageing properties that help in unclogging pores, removing the top layer of the dead skin cells and revealing new ones. It is also beneficial to treat razor bumps and control skin inflammation. It is available in the form of creams, liquids, and gels that could be applied to get a healthier and younger-looking skin.
3) Oleic Acid
Oleic acid is a monosaturated omega 9 fatty acid. It is naturally found in many animal and vegetable sources. Consuming oleic acid rich food such as eggs, butter, and cheese promotes healthy skin and hair. This acid has antioxidants and potent moisturizing abilities that hydrates the skin slows down ageing and keeps the skin radiant. It is ideal for dry skin as it moisturizes the skin without clogging the pores or causing breakouts. This acid is also recommended to treat poor scalp health and dandruff and support hair growth.
4) Ferulic Acid
Ferulic acid contains high levels of antioxidants. It is found in the cell walls of plants such as rice, oats, wheat, apples, oranges, and peanuts. A lot of companies in the beauty industry are now using ferulic acid as an ingredient for their anti-ageing products. It reduces the effects of damaging free radicals on the skin, prevents against sun damage and slows down the ageing process. Apart from being a free-radical fighting gem, this powerful acid also assists in skin’s regeneration function. It is a safe ingredient for most skin types, except for people who have sensitive skin.
Acids are often considered as a harmful substance that damages skin. But, these acids are skin-friendly and assist in restoring the skin health. Give these acids a little space in your skincare routine and get a fresh, healthy and younger-looking skin.