Breaking Down Acids

Most of us are pretty comfortable when it comes to choosing a moisturizer or daily cleanser, but how confident do you feel selecting an acid…for your face?

While it sounds like a scene from a low-budget horror flick, the application of acid is actually a vital step in any skincare routine. Acids typically evoke thoughts of burning, blistering pain, but the correct acids applied in the correct order can actually make or break your beauty regimen. Adding even one of these products to the everyday grind can make a surprising difference, elevating your morning routine from mandatory maintenance to a turn-back-time treatment. 

Hyaluronic Acid

Used in spas and beauty bars from Michigan to the Maldives, hyaluronic acid occurs naturally within your body. The skin is actually made up of structural proteins called collagen and elastin, and hyaluronic acid is an essential component of the elastin, that magic little protein that lends to your skin’s youthful elasticity and glow. This particular acid is a humectant as it attracts water to the skin to create a plumping effect, making it a key ingredient in products used around the eyes. This is especially helpful for skin negatively affected by age or dry, unforgiving climates.

Sorella Apothecary has designed multiple products which rely on this acid’s hydrating powers including Aloe Cucumber Eye Gel, Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum, Blueberry Milk Moisturizer and the Watermelon Mint Hydrating Mist, just to name a few.

Tips & Tricks: Keep the Watermelon Mint Hydrating Mist at your desk or on your bathroom counter during the day for a quick and easy refresh. A couple spritzes takes you from zoned out zombie to fresh-faced leading lady with minimal effort.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

If you’ve ever had the benefit of a chemical peel, you’ve likely already been introduced to this group of acids. Used to improve the actual appearance of the skin, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) are derived from fruit and other plants. The main function of these acids is to break up the bond of lipids of the old skin cells to reveal newer, fresher cells underneath. 

The most common acids used for skincare are glycolic, lactic, citric, and tartaric, with glycolic acid being the base for many peels. In low amounts, these agents help to lessen age spots, reduce wrinkles and brighten skin through their exfoliating properties. Higher doses are relied upon in therapeutic peels. 

Introduce your skin to these amazing acids with Sorella’s Blackberry Lime Fruitfoliant or the Exfoliate and Heal Chemical Peel and see how these natural acids can bring your skin back to its own natural beauty. 

Tips & Tricks:  It is important to protect yourself with sunscreen when using AHA’s as they can make your skin more sensitive, so grab Sorella’s Tropical Topical SPF and be diligent with your applications. Also, be sure to start slowly when using these products as your skin may need time to adjust to these corrective agents. 

Beta Hydroxy Acids

The largest difference between AHA’s and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s) centers on how each is absorbed into the body. While AHA’s are water soluble, BHA’s are oil soluble, allowing them to penetrate much deeper into the skin. The most common of the BHA’s is salicylic acid, known for its effectiveness in treating acne. Using anti-inflammatory properties, it works by entering the hair follicle and dislodging the build-up that triggers blemishes, acting as a preventative solution for those plagued with pimples.

Sorella’s Grapefruit Polishing Powder utilizes BHA’s for an at-home exfoliating cleanser that leaves your skin smooth and radiant.

Tips & Tricks:  Salicylic acid is one of the main ingredients in our Exfoliate and Heal Chemical Peel due to its effectiveness in relieving acne. If you suffer from acne-prone skin, this facial treatment gives you the most bang for your buck.

Ascorbic and Kojic Acids

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and kojic acid are both lightening agents. Ascorbic acid, a well-known antioxidant, works by interrupting the production of melanogenesis or changes in the skin’s pigmentation due to sun-exposure and aging. Kojic acid is thought to be as, if not more, effective than the controversial ingredient hydroquinone, and is considered to be a safer alternative. Both of these acids are widely used to brighten the skin and maintain that youthful glow.

Tips & Tricks:  Check out our Pomegranate Acai Serum and the tingly Cherry Pepper Peel to experience how these lightening agents and antioxidants can quickly diminish redness and discoloration.

Don’t be scared! If your skincare regimen has reached a plateau, Sorella Apothecary wants you to feel confident in taking your routine to the next level. The inclusion of just one of these game-changing acids can make all the difference in your skin’s overall health and appearance. Using the guide above, determine which products best fit your individual needs and get ready to finally meet your best face.