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What to put on your face through the day to make it look better

Rough week? Just run-down? Or just looking awful in general? Here’s how to fix it and revitalise your face.

Without question, a leave-on AHA (alpha hydroxy acid, such as lactic or glycolic acids) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid, which is salicylic acid) exfoliant can make a world of difference in your skin’s appearance. Paula Begoun has the low-down on both; the differences, and why your skin will love you for them.

Using the products with these useful chemicals in the, though, isn’t just a case of slapping it on. It requires finesse and a bit of ‘knowing what you’re doing’ element to help get you over the hump.

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How AHAs and BHA work

Both AHA and BHA exfoliants work in a similar manner to reveal smooth, radiant, hydrated, youthful-looking skin. When in a proper formulation, AHAs (e.g., glycolic acid and lactic acid) and BHAs (salicylic acid) act to unglue the sticky bonds that are holding the dull, dead skin on the surface longer than it needs to be there. Once those bonds are broken or unglued—gently and evenly—skin sheds naturally and imperceptibly. So, although you won’t actually see your skin shedding, you will soon see the smoother, younger-looking skin hiding beneath!

How AHAs and BHA are different

  • Both AHA and BHA diminish the look of lines and wrinkles
  • Both AHA and BHA can make skin look and feel firmer
  • Both AHA and BHA hydrate and increase skin’s smoothness
  • Both AHA and BHA improve dull, uneven skin tone and rough texture

However, AHAs and BHA are different, and their different properties make one or the other preferred for different skin types:

  • AHAs are water soluble and are preferred for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin due to their ability to enhance natural moisturising factors within skin.
  • BHA is oil soluble and preferred for normal to oily, clog-prone and bump-prone skin, and enlarged pores.
  • AHAs and BHA work on skin’s surface; but BHA also works inside the pore lining, where clogs begin.
  • BHA has natural skin-calming properties, which make it preferred for sensitive, redness-prone skin.

Get onto these products to have ti all going for you:

Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant – $38.01

This lightweight AHA leave-on exfoliant smooths skin, fades sun damage and reveals younger-looking skin.

PC_Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel

RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment With 10% AHA – $46.00

This overnight leave-on 10% AHA exfoliant resurfaces skin and reduces wrinkles to reveal dramatically younger-looking skin.

PC_RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment 10% AHA

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant – $37.00

This silky exfoliant is ideal for those with combination to oily skin that prefer a gel texture. It smooths skin, reduces stubborn clogged and enlarged pores, and calms skin with soothing plant extracts.

PC_Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel

RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA – $47.00

An innovative treatment that delivers smoother, radiant-looking skin overnight. The unique liquid-to-foam texture is packed with salicylic acid plus soothing ingredients that unclog pores, reduce redness and stimulate collagen production.

PC_Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment

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