Exfoliation is an essential step in any skincare routine. By sloughing off the dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of your skin, you clear the way for healthy cells to come to the surface. This process supports skin regeneration – resulting in a radiant and youthful appearance – while also allowing skincare products and ingredients to penetrate and absorb into the skin easily. In this article, we discuss the benefits of using active ingredients such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid in your skincare regimen.

When it comes to skincare, there are a lot of different products and ingredients out there that can help you achieve healthy and radiant skin. However, one of the most important things to consider is using active ingredients in your skincare routine. Glycolic acid and lactic acid are great examples of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) while salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), meaning it dissolves in oil as compared to water. All three of these ingredients help to improve the signs of ageing, fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, to support healthier-looking and more radiant skin.

How do AHAs and BHAs work?

Exfoliating acids work by dissolving the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. This allows them to be sloughed off easily, revealing the brighter, smoother skin underneath while preventing premature aging, acne, dark spots and uneven skin tone and texture.

If you're interested in adding an active exfoliant to your routine, we recommend our American Beauty Polishing Scrub. This gentle scrub contains both AHAs and BHAs to exfoliate and cleanse your skin, leaving you with a clear and glowing complexion.

How to get started?

When used correctly, AHAs can be a powerful tool in your skincare routine. Here are a few tips on how to use them for the best results:

Start conservatively.

If you're new to using exfoliating acids, start with a product that has a lower concentration of active ingredients. This will help your skin adjust to the exfoliation and avoid any irritation.

Use it sparingly.

A little goes a long way with AHAs and BHAs. Use a pea-sized amount of product and apply it evenly to your face, avoiding the eye area.

Don't forget sunscreen.

Because exfoliating acids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, it's important to apply sunscreen every day, even if you're not spending time outdoors.

American Beauty Polishing Scrub is a great option for those looking to add a hybrid chemical and manual exfoliant to their skincare routine. With its natural ingredients and gentle formula, it's perfect for all skin types. Shop the American Beauty Polishing Scrub here.


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