• Sophie

Buzzword ACID

The word “acid” conjures up images of bubbling test tubes and thoughts of scary chemical burns. But when used at the right concentrations, acids are actually some of the most beneficial ingredients available in skin care.

They’re the miracle tools used to fight acne, wrinkles, age spots, scarring, and uneven skin tone. But with so many acids on the market, it can seem overwhelming to remember which to use — and for what — and which products to buy. Before all that, you have to know where to start.

So here’s my go-to guide to select the right Acid for you:

Salicylic Acid

I like to call this the spot zapper! Whether it’s a breakout caused by the time of the month or maybe you felt like you took out shares in Cadbury’s this Easter, Salicylic acid will help to unblock pores and reduce redness and inflammation.

Glycolic Acid

AKA…. The fine line fighter! This gentle yet effective acid will help sluff off dead skin cells and boost collagen production.

Lactic Acid

The skin smoother. Cleopatra was said to take daily milk baths and now we know why! Lactic acid derived from sour milk breaks down the glue that keeps dead skin cells on the skins surface that can make it feel rough.

Hylaluronic Acid

My hydration hero! Skin feeling dry and dehydrated? Hyaluronic Acid is the ingredient you must be using! One molecule of this miracle acid can hold 1000 times its weight in moisture as well as drawing moisture in from the air to quench your skin. This product will give you a plumper more dewy complexion.

Citric Acid

The base brightener! If your skin is lacklustre then choose treatments and products that are rich in natural citric acid. This will help fight hyper-pigmentation and dark spots by encouraging cell turnover whilst giving your skin an enviable glow.

The Treatments for you…..

Medik8’s Light Peel is a mild Skin Peel containing Lactic and Salicylic acid which will help clear congestion, smooth wrinkles and diminish scarring. £49 at Chic

Medik8’s Age Peel is an effective formulation of acids to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and fade skin imperfections revealing a more glowing and youthful complexion. Containing Salicylic acid and L-Mandelic Acid (produces the same results as glycolic acid without the irritation and downtime caused by a glycolic peel). £49 at Chic

The Product for you……

Medik8’s Hydrate B5 Serum is a lightweight and easily-absorbed hydrating gel-serum delivers skin-softening Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and super moisture-enhancing Hyaluronic Acid to produce rapid and significant improvements in the general condition and feel of the skin. Exhibits excellent water-retaining properties to quench your skin and provides superior skin hydration. Can be used day and/or night (or whenever you want a hydration boost) to soften and smooth the skin or for optimal renewal and protection of the skin. Rrp £40