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Face scrubs can be a bit well, harsh! We’re not throwing shade one of the best ways to smooth away irritating dry patches, but it really can be harsh on your skin - especially if you have a sensitive complexion. If you’re nodding along in agreement you will be pleased to know that there is another way in which you can gently exfoliate your skin and they’re called AHAs.

What are AHAs?

AHAs, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids if you’re feeling fancy and what to give them their full name, are a group of acids found in different fruits and plants.  The group of ‘peeling’ agents gently slough away dead skin cells without you having to physically scrub at your skin. The result? Your skin becoming its best, glowing and most radiant self. Yup - we like the sound of that!

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Types of AHAs

All AHAs have the same basic benefits including working as an exfoliator which can lead to a brighter complexion - woo! There are a number of different AHAs available so if you’re looking to tackle a specific skin concern, and to get your glow on at the same time, check out these AHAs commonly found in products at Superdrug:

Glycolic Acid

The glow is real when you commit to using glycolic acid! Found in  sugarcane, pineapple and cantaloupes – glycolic acid is a wonder at removing dead skin cells, unclogging pores and helping to prevent angry acne outbreaks and of course, helping your skin look radiant!

Naturally Radiant Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel 30ml £5.99 Buy Now
Nip+Fab Skincare Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme XXL pads 135ml £19.95 Buy Now

Mandelic Acid

Mandelic acid has not quite gained the popularity of is other AHA counterparts yet, but trust us, you’re going to want to know about it! The go-to anti-aging ingredient is sourced from bitter almonds. It works by accelerating cell turnover to improve dull, lacklustre complexions and reducing fine lines.

Lactic Acid

For intensely moisturised and hydrated skin, lactic acid your new best friend. Sourced from milk, lactic acid had been used for centuries to solves dry skin concerns. Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, used to take baths of milk – and who are we to argue with royalty, especially one considered a true beauty!  Fast forward to today and you will find lactic acid in cleansers, lotions and peels.

Vitamin E Superdrug Vitamin E SPF15 Moisturising Cream 100ml £3.49 Buy Now
Sanctuary Spa Sanctuary Protect & Illuminate Moisture Lotion 75ml SPF15 £9.95 Buy Now

Citric Acid

Citrus fruits not only taste great. but hiding away in lemons and oranges you will find citric acid in large amounts. The zesty acid can help even out skin tone, unclog pores and as it is packed with skin-loving antioxidants it can also help slow down the appearance of aged skin - win, win, win!

How often should I use AHAs?

There’s no doubt that AHAs are great for your skin but remember that despite being found naturally in foods we eat every day and being readily available in products, they are still acids. Over-use can cause your skin to becoming temporarily red and it may feel slightly sensitive. Always read the instructions on your products to determine how often it should be used and remember to be mindful of your skin.