You can read part 2 of this series of blogs here.
Acids have a fantastic effect on the vitality of skin complexion by kick-starting the production of elastin and collagen (the founding blocks that keep your skin firm and supple), exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells and other debris to keep your pores clean and boost cell turnover. The result? Improved skin texture, tone and clarity. There are a variety of various types - BHAs, AHAs or PHAs, targeted at different issues. PHAs supply a powerful boost of hydration, along with the exfoliation whilse AHAs stimulate collagen production and resurfacing the skin. It is essential to introduce them slowly, as they are chemical exfoliators that can be harsh on your skin if you’re not used to them.
I choose to use Salicylic acid and other BHAs as they are oil soluble (source), meaning they can penetrate deep into sebum-clogged pores, rather than remaining on the skin’s surface. By exfoliating the pore lining, it loosens clogs and allows oil to flow out more freely. BHA’s are also anti-inflammatory, which is perfect for calming inflamed spots. As my acne is primarily caused by clogged pores, this is the most beneficial acid for me to use.
I’ve been wary of facial oils in the past, mainly as most on store shelves are polyunsaturated that oxidise very quickly when exposed to heat and oxygen (source). These include almond, argan and rosehip oils, which I try to avoid. Instead, I opt for stable, saturated facial oils, in particular, squalane oil which created when squalene (unsaturated) undergoes hydrogenation processing, turning it into a stable, saturated oil with a long shelf life (source).
Squalane is suitable for all skin types and is an excellent moisturiser to leave skin hydrated, soft and plump without greasiness. It is also non-comedogenic, so it is unlikely to clog pores and cause acne, which is also prevented by its ability to regulate excess oil production and antibacterial properties. Squalane can also protect your skin from free radicals that can cause age spots and premature ageing.
The next post will discuss the brands I’ve chosen to use in my skincare regime and why. Until then, drop me a note if you want to share your thoughts on clean beauty! Below are the links to the previous blogs in this series.