You've probably all heard of Glycolic acid, but you may not be aware of what a super ingredient it is. This is not just a fruit acid with very powerful exfoliating properties. It is also the anti-spot, anti-wrinkle, and anti-acne warrior. It's the star ingredient in peels to renew skin and boost the skin's radiance. Some call it a miracle cure- here's how it works.
Glycolic acid (or hydroxyacetic acid or AHA) is an alpha-hydroxy acid derived from sugar cane, beet and grapes. In cosmetics, it can be of natural or synthetic origin. Thanks to its very powerful keratolytic activity, fruit acid has become the reference ingredient for chemical peels. Moreover, it's very small size gives it an excellent capacity to penetrate the upper layers of the epidermis, it can reach the dermis for an in-depth action. It is the active ingredient to target when you want to boost the radiance of your skin tone, and look good but also treat acne, hyperpigmentation, scars, and even wrinkles.
The properties of Glycolic acid
Glycolic acid is a keratolytic agent, it loosens and eliminates dead cells on the skin's surface. It promotes cell renewal, bringing a glow to dull complexions. It is also a ph regulator, which is used to balance the ph of cosmetics.
The benefits of glycolic acid
Glycolic acid is an amazing ingredient for restoring the skin's radiance. Its peeling effect is extremely well known. It activates skin cell renewal, accelerates peeling, and elimination of dead skin cells, giving the skin a new youthful appearance. In facial care, it is used to lighten the complexion and reduce dark spots caused by age or the sun. This action is linked to its role in cell renewal but also due to its ability to prevent the production of melanin. The fruit acid acts at all levels to remove imperfections while maintaining and promoting healthy skin.
AHA is one of the smallest alpha-hydroxylates which allows it to penetrate deep into the skin, passing through the surface layers of the epidermis where it contributes to better oxygenation of the tissues, cell renewal and helps maintain a good level of hydration of the skin. Its deep action also helps to smooth wrinkles. It stimulates the synthesis of collagen and elastin which improves the quality of the skin and softens wrinkles and fine lines.