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home>>beauty & fashion>>skin care>>exfoliate & moisturize>>Using Topical Exfoliants to Shed Skin and Look Younger

Using Topical Exfoliants to Shed Skin and Look Younger

by: Cyndi Katel

Recently, beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or a combination of AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs, have appeared as ingredients in skin care products at the drug store as well as expensive department stores. While both AHAs and BHAs act as exfoliants, studies show that BHAs are effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improving overall skin texture, without the occasional irritation associated with the use of AHAs.

AHA is found in; glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, glycolic acid + ammonium glycolate,alpha-hydroxyethanoic acid + ammonium alpha-hydroxyethanoate,alpha-hydroxyoctanoic acid, alpha-hydroxycaprylic acid, hydroxycaprylic acid,(what is with these scientific names the FDA uses!) mixed fruit acid, tri-alpha hydroxy fruit acids, triple fruit acid, sugar cane extract, alpha hydroxy and botanical complex L-alpha hydroxy acid. The most commonly used and most effective AHAs are glycolic and lactic acids.

Glycolic and lactic acid easily penetrate the skins surface, and they have the most documented scientific research on their functionality and benefit for skin. Glycolic and Lactic acids dissolve the skins cement that binds the dead skin cells to the surface of your skin. The AHA exfoliation allows the newer cells underneath to come to the surface. Eliminating the dead cells can unplug pores, allows normal oil flow through and out of the pores, allows skin moisture by enhancing moisture uptake and binds water to the skin.

AHAs and BHAs use a chemical process to penetrate the skin, versus scrubs that scrape the exposed area of skin. AHAs and BHAs only exfoliate, or remove the dead/damaged skin cells they leave the healthy skin cells alone. Most skin care companies utilize up to 10% AHA .It is highly recommended to use sunscreen as AHA causes skin sensitivity and you may burn easier. Wear a hat with a brim of at least 4 inches, long sleeve shirt, and sunscreen of SPF 15.

Remember: Sun Protection used everyday is the Best Wrinkle Preventer.

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About The Author
Cyndi Katel is the founder of Five Star Nights. Cyndi attended college as a single parent and graduated with honors while in her late 30's. I thank my mom Rigmore Katel for all her support during my "college years" as an older student studying pre-med. Cyndi began this company after being fired from her job due to her disability and saw this as one door closing and another door opening.

She and her daughters created Five Star Nights, an organic natural anti-aging skincare line. My eldest daughter Misha is a vegetarian and insisted all items be vegan, so they are. Kristin is the computer expert. She and I both race to the computer as she chats with all her friends, acts in plays and movies. We created a new family business who will become the beauty company that tells you the truth.
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