Acid on the face?? Yikes! This sounds scarier than it is, I promise.
If you haven’t used acid as part of your skincare routine before, this can sound a little intimidating. Immediately it makes us all think of that classic Sex and the City episode where Samantha gets a skin peel and has to wear a veil over her face just to go out in public. Don’t worry, this won’t happen!
Acids are the best change I made to my skin care routine and I’ll explain why.
Using acids on the face are a fantastic way to exfoliate the skin without using those rough, gritty scrubs we see in the drugstores. Yes, I am guilty of using an exfoliator scrub until recently. Until Caroline Hirons advised that they’re a big no-no, not just in winter, but all year round. They are just too harsh on the skin.
Dr Dennis Gross says…
“A gentle peel is one of the best things you can do for your skin – the newest formulations offer great results without causing irritation. Every skin type can benefit from a peel. Peels aren’t just about exfoliation – they are about changing your pH to help rev-up collagen production. The fresh layer of skin that’s revealed after peeling is able to absorb vitamins, antioxidants, anti-aging, and soothing ingredients more effectively because the dead surface cells that can inhibit product absorption are removed. So much builds up on the surface of the skin – dead cells, bacteria, cosmetics, sebum – and the peel gently detaches these cells, leaving healthy cells intact, ready to absorb your other skincare products.”
Dr Gross reckons the best peels contain more than one type of acid. His peels range from Ultra Gentle which contains 3 acids to the Medi-Spa Daily Peel which contains 15 acids!
I tested the Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula which contains 7 acids: Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Cytric Acid, Salicylic Acid and Willowbark extract.
Follow this link to the peels guide and it will show you the different types and recommendations depending on your skin type.
For a full list of what the acid ingredients actually do for the skin, I will point you in the direction of a trained professional, Caroline Hirons. Check out her Acids Cheat Sheet.
When Do I Use an Acid Peel in My Routine?
I will again point you to a Caroline Hirons Cheat Sheet, Routines. If you haven’t already read this, go now. This is brilliant for anyone confused about the order in which to use their skin care products.
I won’t sit here and pretend all of her hard work is actually mine. The point of this skin care series I’m writing is to point you to the experts. Caroline is hilarious and really knows her stuff.
But, in short…
- If you use an acid in the morning after cleansing, ALWAYS use an SPF. If you use at night, you won’t need an SPF…obviously.
- Either use a mild acid twice daily or a stronger acid once at night.
- Generally the jist of it is cleanser, acid, spray hydrate, eye cream, serums/oils, moisturiser, SPF.
These facial peel pads come in two parts, in plastic tubs. You get 30 pads in the tubs so at £70.50, they are pricey for a months worth of acid. However, my skin was radiant after using these. Definitely worth the splurge in my opinion. Available from Space.NK.
Dr Gross also stock individually wrapped peels which are perfect for travelling.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, First Aid Beauty do excellent pads. I’ll be reviewing these next.
See you all soon and have a lovely Easter!