Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

The phytic acid test: Products to make part of your daily skincare routine

© Shutterstock / Lyubov LevitskayaBewildered by the vast selection of beauty acids? Let us help
Bewildered by the vast selection of beauty acids? Let us help

You may already be au fait with the powers of salicylic or love using hyaluronic as part of your daily routine, but with so many different beauty acids on the market, it can be hard to know what ingredients are right for your skin.

Take, for example, phytic acid. Never heard of it before? It’s one of the lesser-known alpha hydroxy acids, usually abbreviated to AHA.

Here, Esther Fieldgrass, founder and creative director of EF Medispa and EF Skin, shares everything you need to know about the skin saviour.

What is phytic acid?

Phytic acid is a substance found in plant-based foods, including legumes, seeds, nuts and grains. Like other AHAs (think glycolic acid and lactic acid) the chemical compound has a range of benefits.

“When it comes to acids in skincare, we are spoilt for choice,” explained Fieldgrass. “But it can be difficult to choose one that will make a visible difference to your skin, and not damage it in the process. Phytic acid, however, is gentle, yet potent.

“The antioxidant has skin-perfecting properties, and boasts fantastic benefits for numerous skin concerns.”

What does it do?

Fieldgrass continued: “When it comes to getting results, stronger formulas are not always the best course of action as they can lead to sensitivity and irritation. That’s where Phytic Acid comes in, as it is a gentle and soothing AHA that exfoliates dead layers of skin without irritation.”

Esther Fieldgrass

What are the results?

Whether you suffer from acne and large pores, or you want to treat redness and dark marks, using phytic acid could help.

Fieldgrass said: “Its secret power stems from its antioxidant properties. It’s one of the few chemical peels that nourish the skin during exfoliation, helping scavenge free radicals that can cause oxidative stress and ageing.

“Not only does phytic acid brighten and resurface the skin, it’s also a chelator, which means it absorbs certain minerals from the skin, like calcium and iron, which otherwise would contribute to clogged pores and damage.”

When do I use it?

Free from perfume and preservatives, and also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, Fieldgrass recommends the AlphaScience Phytic TC Serum (£75,

She said: “The unique serum helps keep wrinkles, fine lines and sun spots at bay, while keeping pores clear and stopping acne in its tracks. Plus, with vitamin C and tannic acid, it also neutralises pollutants, and boosts antioxidant activity and collagen synthesis.”