From dry skin to acne breakouts, there is a facial acid for every concern.
Lisa de-la-Plain, co-founder of Beauty Flash, shares why they are the hot, new must-have ingredient, and her expert guide will ensure you choose the right treatment for your skin.
Everyday environmental pollutants such as radiation and sunlight can wreak havoc on our skin, but the right antioxidant acid can fight the effects.
Lisa explained: “Ascorbic acid is a form of vitamin C and an ingredient powerhouse – as a potent antioxidant, it’s perfect for slowing the breakdown of collagen in your skin.
“I would recommend a product like Medik8’s Super C30 Plus Intense Serum (£44), which has been formulated with highly stable ascorbic acid to neutralise the effects of environmental aggressors, giving your skin a youthful radiance.”
Do you suffer from breakouts? Azelaic acid is the unsung hero you need in your beauty regime, says Lisa.
“It’s an anti-inflammatory dynamo! As well as reducing redness and swelling in acne-prone skin, products with azelaic acid can also decrease the production of keratin, a protein which can block pores and lead to acne.
“Dermalogica’s Medibac Breakout Control (£43.50), is an invisible, antibacterial treatment, which helps clear and prevent breakouts by controlling oil production without dehydrating the skin.”
Lisa said: “Found in honey and sugar cane, glycolic acid restores the skin by promoting natural shedding of dead and photo-damaged cells, revealing fresh, healthy skin with a translucent glow and even texture.
“It’s also proven to brighten the skin’s surface, shrink pores and prevent breakouts. The Medik8 Balance Moisturiser (£38) contains a combination of active ingredients to provide continuous hydration and anti-inflammatory properties.”
“Hyaluronic acid slows down the signs of ageing,” said Lisa. “Invaluable for your skin, it acts like a sponge holding vast amounts of water, effectively plumping out the skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
“It’s also now a key ingredient in many serums and creams.”
“Used to treat age spots, dull, uneven complexions, and hyperpigmentation, this mild acid treatment is suitable for sensitive skins,” advised Lisa.
“However, its ‘peeling’ effects may cause your skin to be more vulnerable to UVB/A rays, so pick a day cream or foundation with SPF 30 or higher.”