eco-beauty

fresh faced… Get glowing with complexion-clearing AHAs

Fruits and other naturally sweet treats are brimming with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), powerful exfoliators proven to smooth skin texture. Sweeping dead cells from skin’s surface for a more vibrant complexion, AHAs also help rejuvenate your appearance by boosting production of skin-firming collagen. Here, our pick of AHA products.

1. DeVita High Performance Glycolic Acid Blend ($32.95/1.7 oz.; devita.net) reaps AHAs from sugarcane, apples, and molasses.

AHA Smarts

Widely used in chemical peels offered in doctors’ offices, AHAs are available in over-the-counter products at concentrations of 10 percent or less and pHs of 3 or greater to curtail such side effects as itchiness and irritation. “Since AHAs can thin the outermost layer of skin and make it more sensitive to ultraviolet light, you need to augment your skin care with a sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB coverage,” says Washington-based dermatologist Lily Talakoub, MD. Also, limit yourself to just one AHA-based item (to avoid the redness and peeling that can accompany overuse of AHAs); for optimal effectiveness, opt for a product that absorbs into skin, such as a serum or mask, rather than a cleanser.

eco-beauty by Elizabeth Barker | Vegetarian Times

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