When you think about rejuvenating you should think about antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids and beta-hydroxy acids. Surely you have heard about them. It is true that they are the solution to prevent premature aging and to correct signs of aging such as wrinkles.
Most facials for rejuvenation are based on these valuable nutrients and skin regenerators. There are some that use advanced technology such as implants, surgery or peelings.
There are also others with natural ingredients such as blood plasma or PRP. And some more simple and common such as facial or deep cleaning but that must be done by an expert.
Alpha-hydroxy acids and Beta-hydroxy acids
Green and Citrus Fruits – Source of Alpha hydroxy Acids. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) are organic acids. They are extracted mainly from green fruits such as apples, lemon and grapes, from sugar cane, milk and other citrus fruits.
Within these acids are the glycolic extracted mainly from sugar cane, the mastic from the green apple, the tartaric from the green grape, the citrus from citrus fruits like the lemon and the lactic from the bitter milk.They are highly appreciated in the cosmetic and skin care industries for their exfoliating properties. Also for its ability to clean the pores of the skin by removing dead cells from the surface of the epidermis and stimulating the generation of new renewed cells.
With its use, you rejuvenate your skin thanks to the fact that they allow the regeneration of collagen and elastin fibers. Therefore, you feel your skin softer, firmer and more elastic.
The AHAs and BHAs have a different structure, however their effects on facial rejuvenation are similar. Some studies believe that BHAs are more effective and less irritating to the skin.
Benefits of AHAs and BHAs
The main benefits of the AHAs and BHAs are the internal exfoliation and the increase in the volume of cellular production that is generated in your skin. These two benefits allow your facial rejuvenation as it improves the clarity, tone and texture of your skin.
Did you know that the regeneration process of each cell of your skin can last between 3 and 4 weeks? As we get older and our metabolism slows down, this process can increase to 6 weeks. For this reason the use of skin care products containing AHAs and BHAs is key to help the process of regeneration of your skin and your facial rejuvenation.
The dead cells accumulated in your skin prevent the absorption of nutrients and moisture essential for its functioning. These essential acids help to detach the outer layer of the cells, which allows them to be exfoliated more easily.
Without that layer of dead cells, your skin will take advantage of the moisturizer and sunscreen that you apply, it will also allow the makeup to look better. Your skin, in general, will look fresher and clearer thanks to the action of AHAs and BHAs. By exfoliating your skin, these organic acids reactivate the production of new cells. If your skin cells are healthy, not only will cells be generated faster, but your skin will look younger.
The AHAs and BHAs are absorbed more quickly and produce better effects when the skin is free of impurities. Although daily cleaning ensures that your skin stays fresh, it is necessary to periodically perform a facial to achieve a deep cleansing of the skin. This allows a better use of the products you apply.
How to use the AHAs and BHAs?
As its name indicates, AHAs and BHAs are acidic and for this reason, it is necessary to apply them on the skin with care. It is possible that at first, they generate irritation. However, with continued use the redness and burning pass, which will allow you to enjoy your facial rejuvenation.
I suggest you always buy products that, besides these acids, contain moisturizing extracts that regulate the acidity in your skin and help soften it. Regardless of skin types, both men’s and women’s skins can benefit from AHAs and BHAs.
In very sensitive skins should be used with caution. I suggest you consult a dermatologist if you have doubts about which product is most appropriate for your facial rejuvenation needs.
The key is to choose the appropriate acid concentration and balance with preferably natural and botanical moisturizing components. Although you get a variety of alternatives in the market with these components, I suggest you choose options that offer quality rather than economy.
Skin care products whose ingredients are vitamins from citrus should preferably be applied at night. This prevents staining the skin with sun exposure during the day.Both the daily consumption and the direct application of vitamins in your skin, allows the improvement of your health and your rejuvenation. When you consume them through natural foods such as fruits and vegetables or through nutritional supplements, your body synthesizes them by taking them to your cells.
Vitamins, being antioxidants, repair your cells of the harmful effect caused by free radicals, which is reflected in a benefit and improvement for your skin.When you apply them through products for the care of your skin as hydrating or vitaminized formulas and advanced for anti-aging, they enter your skin stimulating the generation of collagen and elastin.
Naturally, these effects generate a change of rejuvenation in your skin. The most commonly used vitamins for skin rejuvenation are vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E.
These vitamins are beneficial for your skin because:
- They repair the collagen and elastin of your skin.
- They help to diminish and soften your wrinkles.
- Strengthen your skin by making it more flexible and elastic.
- They correct imperfections improving the texture and tone of your skin.
Retinoic acid(Retin-A cream as it is available in the market) is derived from vitamin A. It has very similar exfoliating properties although stronger than those of AHAs and BHAs. When this acid is applied to the skin, it produces a facial peeling effect because it removes the layers of dead skin and penetrates the deep layers regenerating the collagen. In a short time, the skin reaffirms and increases its elasticity.
This substance is widely used in treatments for acne and rejuvenation. It helps to clean the surface of the skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves dryness and helps to control skin diseases such as spots or abnormal pigmentation.
Its use must be controlled, because depending on the types of skin can cause redness, burning or burning, especially in the sensitive skin. These side effects are normal since the dead skin is coming off. They usually pass within a short time of application, as the skin regenerates. However, monitoring by a dermatologist or skin care specialist that controls the frequency of use of this acid is always useful.