AHA Glycolic Acid

AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid, but don't be put off by the word 'acid'. When used correctly, glycolic acid products (AHA exfoliants) are gentle on skin and great for repairing a dry, sun-damaged complexion. . Discover more

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Glycolic acid products for dry skin

Exfoliation is an essential step in your skincare routine. AHA (glycolic acid) exfoliants gently remove the top layer of dead skin cells, helping to reveal the healthy layer of skin underneath. If you have normal to (very) dry skin, many exfoliants can be a no-go, leaving skin drier and more irritated than before. However, the ingredients in AHA glycolic acid products are much gentler than other products that exfoliate your skin, such as a scrub. AHA products are the fastest way to reveal soft, smooth, radiant-looking skin.

Daily use of a glycolic acid exfoliator will enhance the effectiveness of the other products in your routine as they will be absorbed faster because they don't have to penetrate a layer of dead skin cells first.

How do AHA (glycolic acid) exfoliants work? Find out here.

Different types of AHAs

BHA exfoliants clean deep inside your pores while AHA exfoliants mainly work on the skin's surface making them particularly suitable for dry skin. This helps the skin to hold onto more moisture. There are various alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs): glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid and mandelic acid. Read on to discover the difference between these acids and how glycolic acid products work for dry skin.

Different types of AHAs

BHA exfoliants clean deep inside your pores while AHA exfoliants mainly work on the skin's surface making them particularly suitable for dry skin. This helps the skin to hold onto more moisture. There are various alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs): glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid and mandelic acid. Read on to discover the difference between these acids and how glycolic acid products work for dry skin.

How to use and buy AHA glycolic acid exfoliator products

Are you looking for a cream with glycolic acid? Take a look at our range of AHA exfoliants. From gel textures to lotions formulated specifically for dry skin, find the glycolic acid exfoliator that is most suited to your skin.

How should you exfoliate?

If you are new to using glycolic acid exfoliators, we recommend initially using one twice a week and then gradually build up usage to once or twice daily. Apply after cleansing and toning. A liquid AHA exfoliant is best applied with a cotton pad. Use a glycolic acid gel or glycolic acid lotion the same way you would a day or night cream. Apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. Then simply follow with the rest of your skincare routine. For daytime, follow with a moisturiser that contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater as the last step in your routine.

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Our philosophy? Smart, Safe Beauty. The products you use should work and be good for your skin, no exceptions. Based on our heritage in consumer advocacy, each of our formulas is effective, safe and backed by cited research. We uncover the truth about skincare and share all of the facts with you along the way - because keeping your skin healthy shouldn't be a mystery.

Not satisfied with your new exfoliant? We have a 60 day money-back guarantee policy. Simply contact our Customer Care team within 60 days of delivery for a full refund.

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At Paula's Choice we have glycolic acid products for every skin type. Want to buy AHA glycolic acid products, but don't know which one is most suitable for your skin? Our Customer Care team is on hand to help you find the exfoliant that's right for your skin. View all our exfoliant products.