Under The Microscope: Glycolic Acid
Meet Super-Ingredient #1
Whether you are a skin care expert or not, you will have most likely come across the AHA ‘Glycolic Acid’ in the past 12 months. Coming to the forefront of media surrounding the skincare industry in 2018, there is now an array of products on the market that contain this super ingredient.
What you may not know about Glycolic Acid and how it helps us produce the best fake tanning products.
- It is a humectant. This means that it draws moisture from the air into the skin increasing the skin’s hydration level topping up natural levels.
- Glycolic Acid is derived from sugar, which gives it botanical properties.
- It has a smaller molecule size than other members of the AHA family. This means that it penetrates deeper levels of the skin and works quicker.
- It boosts collagen levels making your skin look plump and smooth.
Glycolic Acid in Sunless Tan
Including this AHA in a tanning range naturally has raised some questions, as it is commonly known that using AHA’s alongside DHA causes the DHA to breakdown faster and sometimes unevenly. However, here at Amanda Harrington London we believe in one thing: the perfect tan starts with the perfect canvas, and glycolic acid gives you the optimum level of exfoliation meaning a longer-lasting flawless tan. This is why we have included it in our tanning skincare range as using it once or twice a week means it works faultlessly alongside DHA, whilst keeping your skin plump, hydrated and glowing.
Glycolic Acid has fantastic properties that refreshes the look of the skin; however, it is a naturally stronger exfoliator than others. This means that whenever you use the AHA you must always remember to apply SPF if you are heading into the sun. With this in mind, we would always suggest using your Glycolic Acid in the evening rather than the morning, as this allows a small amount of time for skin renewal before you expose your skin to UV rays.
You can find the super-ingredient Glycolic Acid in our New Skin Body & New Skin Face.