What is glycolic acid and how can it make your skin look beautiful?

There are many ways in which you can make your skin look healthy and beautiful, from moisturizers and serums to BB cream and foundation. Using many minerals and vitamins, these products use natural elements to improve the skin tone and evenness, but one element people are not as familiar with is glycolic acid. This is important to having beautiful and healthy skin, so let’s talk about what it is, how it can help you and why it works.

What is glycolic acid?
Glycolic acid is part of a compound known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), which is derived from cane sugar. It’s natural but is known for it’s healing benefits, and is the most common form of the AHAs.

How can it help your skin?
Glycolic acid is essentially an exfoliator and can help with discoloration and uneven skin. It can deeply penetrate your skin and break down dead skin and moisturize all at the same time. It is best for skin that is prone to acne, blackheads, oiliness, as well as fine lines and dullness. It really is used to treat just about any skin imperfections.

Why does it work?
Because glycolic acid has the smallest molecules of all the AHAs, it’s the best for getting deep into the skin to help treat it. It reacts with the top layer of the skin as well and then exfoliates the dead skin for smoother skin. It has great healing benefits and because it is fully natural your skin knows exactly how to use it for benefit. Typically you need a month to see the benefits glycolic acid has on your skin, because during those four weeks it is able to exfoliate and shed old, dead skin, brighten your skin up and help reduce blemishes and discoloration.

Glycolic acid is great for any skin type and is also great for people of all ages, as it works specifically with your skin type to naturally heal it the way it requires.

How do you use glycolic acid?
Now that you know all the benefits of glycolic acid, it’s important to know the different ways you can apply it to your skin. The most popular ways are through serums and moisturizes, which contain glycolic acid as one of the active ingredients. These can be used as overnight creams or day ones as well, both will have the healing properties required. Another way it can be used is through an exfoliator or cleanser that you can use alongside another glycolic acid moisturizer, or just by itself if your skin requires minimal assistance.

Finally, a very popular way to use glycolic acid is through a face peel. These work best to remove blackheads, acne and while sitting on your skin can penetrate and heal.

Glycolic acid is a natural healing element that can really improve your skin. Whether you want to use it as a moisturizer, cleanser or face peel, it’ll be sure to give your skin that beautiful, youthful glow you want.




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