If you have dry or very dry skin, many exfoliants can be a no-go, leaving skin drier and more irritated than before. However, research has shown that daily exfoliation is vital to remove dead skin cells and reveal soft, smooth, radiant-looking skin. AHA exfoliants in particular are really beneficial for dry skin – the secret is choosing the right texture and concentration. Read on to learn how AHAs work and discover the best AHA for your dry skin.
At Paula’s Choice we have two types of leave-on exfoliant: BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) and AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid). BHA is ideal for oily, blemish-prone skin skin because it exfoliates inside pores and helps prevent breakouts. AHA is recommended for sun-damaged and normal to dry skin because it exfoliates the skin’s surface while helping it hold onto more moisture. We also have an occasional-use rinse-off AHA exfoliant peel which tends to be more potent, offering multi-level exfoliation with a higher concentration of acids that do their jobs faster, often within minutes.
AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid, but don’t let the word ‘acid’ fool you. AHAs are much gentler than traditional scrubs or cleansing brushes. There are several types of AHAs, but two of the most effective and well-researched are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Products containing glycolic acid and lactic acid are most effective in concentrations between 5% and 10%.
If you're looking for an exfoliant for dry skin, at Paula’s Choice we offer a choice of five AHA exfoliants that differ mainly in texture (fluid, gel or lotion) and concentration (between 5% to 10%). Which one you choose will depend on your skin type and personal preference, although it is fine to use more than one.
Now that you know how AHAs work and the benefits that chemical exfoliants for dry skin offer, why not add one to your skincare routine? If you would you like to learn more about exfoliants or are new to exfoliating we recommend reading "Everything you need to know about exfoliants and exfoliating".
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