Alpha Hydroxy Acids are the corner-stone of Alpha Hydrox skin care products. But what are alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs as they are commonly known? AHAs are naturally occurring acids derived from fruit, milk and nuts. Long ago, women took bathes in sour milk and Cleopatra was said to have used old wine on her face. Later, women in France were also said to have washed their faces with old wine. We all know that masks made with fruit and yogurt have been around for many years. All of these are examples of alpha hydroxy acids being used to improve the look and feel of skin. There are six primary sources of AHAs.
- Glycolic Acid – from sugar cane
- Lactic Acid – from sour milk
- Citric Acid – from citrus fruits
- Tartaric Acid – from grapes
- Malic Acid – from apples
- Mandelic Acid – from almonds
AHAs are natural ingredients, readily available (making them cheaper) and they have been around for centuries. But how do they work? AHAs have two primary uses; as a humectant, to increase the water content in the skin and as an exfoliant, loosening dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Exfoliation and moisturizing are both beneficial in skin care products. Exfoliation stimulates and accelerates normal cellular rejuvenation. The results are softer, smoother healthier-looking skin. AHAs also help to even skin tone and texture leaving skin better hydrated and more flexible. To make highly effective, very affordable products, we use various AHAs in lots of our skin care formulas.
Alpha Hydrox was the first to make alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs available to all consumers and not just dermatologists. This year, we are proud to say that we have been making for Alpha Hydrox products for 20 years! Millions of women use Alpha Hydrox and now you know why.