April 05, 2018

AHA 101: Wanna Get AHAs Into Your Routine? Here’s What You Should Know First

You want to incorporate AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) into your routine, but what to choose and where to start? Here, our quick and dirty primer on the three main AHAs and how to choose the right one for you.

About the product

What Is It:


This 7% glycolic acid treatment gently exfoliates, revealing a more radiant, even-toned complexion with less blackheads and whiteheads. Gentle enough for even irritated and sensitive skin, this treatment sweeps away dead skin cells with apple fruit water, which has natural AHAs, and glycolic acid to boost skin cell turnover. Niacinamide brightens skin tone, while hyaluronic acid draws moisture into the skin. Great for skin that has sun damage, blemishes, or dryness.


Our insight:


New to skincare acids? Here’s the basic on AHA:

AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids, work by “loosening’ the top layer of dead skin cells on your skin, revealing the healthy, newer skin underneath. But not all AHAs are created equally.
Learn more about the various types of AHA here.


How to use:


After cleansing, saturate a cotton pad and swipe a thin layer of the liquid over the skin, avoiding the eye and mouth area. While it is recommended for nighttime use, if you’re using during the daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
Tip: Start using the product once a week and slowly increase to 2-3 times a week once skin has adjusted.
Tip: On days you use this product, do not use other exfoliating products with a high concentration of AHA, BHA, retinol, or vitamin C.


Ingredients:


Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Niacinamide, Sodium Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol


Brand info:


A true breakout star in the highly competitive world of K-beauty, COSRX’s popularity spread by word-of-mouth through the blogosphere rather than marketing. Founded with the simple mission of good, effective skincare ingredients, as little of the bad stuff as possible, open communication with their customers, minimal marketing, and affordability, COSRX believes in spending their money on ingredients and effectiveness rather than packaging and promotions. To that end, they focus on their ground game, listening to customer feedback to refine and formulate their products and provide better service. From their cult favorite One Step Pimple Clear Pads to their Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, COSRX epitomizes the future of K-beauty.


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