Alpha Skin Care Works. Here’s Why
Why Exfoliation is Important
As you begin to age, the rate of the skin's cell turnover slows and dead cells begin to build up. Sun damage, loss of estrogen, dry skin, oily skin and various skin disorders can all affect the natural exfoliation process, leaving the skin rough, scaly, thickened, discolored and wrinkled.
Exfoliation helps to loosen and dissolve the thickened buildup of stagnant dead skin cells, revealing the healthier, younger-looking layer beneath. Since scrubs and abrasives can break down the skin, the safest and most effective exfoliation requires a properly formulated alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) product with sufficient amounts of AHAs (8% or above) at an effective pH level (4 to 4.5). Well-formulated alpha hydroxy (AHA) exfoliants will improve the appearance of skin within a matter of days and will also help unblock pores, reducing breakouts and blackheads.
Daily skin exfoliation is necessary for most skin types and takes almost no time at all. Within a few days, you’ll enjoy a fresher, healthier complexion.
How AHAs Work
The AHAs found in Alpha Skin Care humectants (moisturizers) and exfoliants are essential to improving the skin’s appearance and health. In moisturizers, AHAs increase the water content of your skin, making it softer, smoother and more flexible. In exfoliants, AHAs loosen the glue-like substance that holds dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. This stimulates and accelerates cell regeneration within the deeper layers of the skin, allowing new, fresh skin cells to emerge. Regular use of exfoliating AHAs increases the skin’s collagen level. The results are increased flexibility as well as less wrinkled, less dehydrated and more even-toned skin. Being well informed about the proper use of AHAs and how to successfully add them to your daily routine is the first step toward achieving better looking skin.
New to AHAs?
If you have sensitive skin or are a first-time user of products containing AHAs, test a patch of skin (usually just below the jawline is best) for two to three days before use. You also should conduct a patch test whenever you switch to a product with a higher AHA concentration or pH than your skin is accustomed to.
What Is Normal, What Is Not
Many first-time users of AHAs notice a stinging or tingling sensation. If you experience excessive stinging or burning, rinse the AHA off with clear, cool water and discontinue use.
There is a possibility of skin irritation when using products containing AHAs. This depends on several factors:
- The condition of your skin due to aging or sun damage
- Whether you are (or recently have finished) taking certain types of prescriptions drugs
- Whether you are a first-time user of an AHA exfoliant
- Whether your skin is very sensitive
NOTE: When AHA exfoliants loosen the bond that holds dead cells to the skin's surface, slight irritation occurs. The irritation may be more pronounced in some users. Tingling, stinging, slight pinkness and peeling are normal. Excessive redness, burning and itching indicate the skin’s inability to tolerate the AHAs or an allergic reaction to something in the product, requiring immediate discontinuance.