What Exactly is Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic Acid is a type of "alpha hydroxy acid" or AHA. The glycolic acid in the Lady Soma Renewal Serum is derived from sugar cane. It possesses an excellent capability to penetrate skin deeply clearing blocked pores and blackheads, and is effective in correcting scars and acne, particularly cystic acne. As an ideal exfoliator, it removes the outer layer of dead skin cells by dissolving sebum and other unwanted substances to reveal a smoother, brighter, and younger-looking complexion. It inhibits wrinkles and other signs of aging by encouraging cell turnover. Likewise, it carries the reputation of being one of the safest forms of AHAs. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are a group of organic carboxylic compounds found in food and plants.
There are various types of Alpha Hydroxy Acids:
- Citric Acid (derived from citrus fruits)
- Kojic Acid (found in fermented rice)
- Lactic Acid (derived from sour milk)
- Glycolic Acid (found in sugar cane), and
- Salicylic Acid (derived from willow bark).
The primary job of amino acids is to repair damaged tissues and promote healing. Amino Acids are crucial in protein breakdown prevention and cell membrane formation. AHAs & Glycolic Acid act as a repair treatment from within, that encourages the production of collagen and elastin. Similar to Glycolic Acid, Amino Acids supply nutrients to firm nails, strengthen hair, and nourish the skin.
Skin cells are replenished by the body every 30 days, making skin appear healthier and fresher on the epidermis (top layer of the epidermis). Agng slows down the skin replenishment process which leads to a buildup of dead skin cells. A buildup of dead skin cells means dull, dry looking skin. This is where AHAs can be effective. AHAs are effective in removing dead skin cells, which results in a faster turnover of a fresh, younger looking skin.
The effects of AHAs on the skin are be remarkable. The acidic nature of these substances removes oil, dirt, and dead skin cells as it enhances the skin's natural exfoliation process. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are the same acids used in chemical peels performed at a dermatologist’s clinic. Cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists, and beauticians use AHAs with the aim of removing the top layers of dead skin cells. Sloughing off dead skin cells promotes collagen and elastin production, which leads to younger and smoother skin.
Sensitive skin types are not recommended to use high concentrations of Vitamin A and Retinols. A dermatologist facial peel, for example, could cause swelling and inflammation for a few days. Likewise, the new layer of skin will become more sensitive to surrounding elements especially sunlight since the skin’s natural barrier has been removed. With Somaluxe, we have made sure that these acids are gentle enough to be used on the face for sensitive skin types.
The following Somaluxe products were designed for people with sensitive skin who want to take advantage of the benefits offered by AHAs, without harming the skin: