You will probably be asking what is alpha hydroxy acid? What can it benefit to your skin? Well scientifically, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is considered one of the most effective exfoliating ingredient ever used in cosmetics nowadays. Therefore, Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel is nevertheless my favourite daily home-care exfoliant I have used so far.
What is alpha hydroxy acid?
Alpha hydroxy acid, derived from various plant sources (fruit, milk, etc), is a exfoliating acids that includes glycolic, lactic, malic and fruit acids.
Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliates skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together. But AHA may irritate mucous membranes and cause irritation for some people.
Studies have shown that one of the most effective ways to exfoliate is with an 8% to 10% AHA products every night. To be frank with you, it is in fact not easy to find the correct AHA concentration home-care skin care products in the market.
To be truly effective, a 8% or more is required to see result. No point going for anything less than 8%. Although there are many products in the market that claimed to contain AHA, but with the low percentage (usually 2%), it is just another skin-care conspiracy lie. You may think you are doing the right thing for your skin and you achieve nothing or very little.
Sun protection is important
Because AHAs exfoliate sun-damaged skin from the surface of the skin and because this layer imparts some sun protection for skin, there is a risk of increased sun sensitivity after using an AHA. However, wearing a sunscreen eliminates this risk.
Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel exfoliates dry layers and reveal beautifully smooth, healthy skin with this state-of-the-art, lightweight gel. Ideal for all skin types, but works especially well on sun-damaged skin.
Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel, for all skin type, has definitely helped to exfoliate and improve my skin tone effectively. I could immediately see the result after 2 weeks of nightly usage.
During the first few applications, my skin could feel some slight sting which last for a few minutes. I believe is indicating that the product is working.
I have, in fact, not been having my regular microdermabrasion treatment soon after using this product. The great merit about this product is that I can see a great improvement on my rosacea, skin is definitely less red and sensitive. Now my skin is more evenly tone, clearer, smoother and pores are refined.
I can tell my skin is very happy with this product. Every night, I’m always looking forward for this step of daily skin-care regimen. Needless to say, Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel is definitely a great find!
(can really go crazy without it!)
Will I buy this again? Definitely YES YES YES!!!