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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    Dull skin, Fine lines and wrinkles, Damaged skin barrier

    Visibly reduces fine lines

    Reverses a compromised skin barrier

    Renews skin below the surface for healthier cell turnover

    Mandelic Acid, Lactic Acid, Yarrow Extract
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    Ultra-light gel exfoliant fades brown spots and smooths fine lines and wrinkles.

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    Fights signs of ageing

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Glycolic acid products for dry skin

Is glycolic acid an AHA?

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, some abrasive exfoliants can leave 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 harsh scrubs. AHA acids are one of the fastest ways to reveal soft, smooth, radiant-looking skin.

Daily use of a glycolic acid exfoliant 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.

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 exfoliant products

Are you looking for a product with glycolic acid? Take a look at our range of AHA exfoliants. From gel textures to glycolic acid lotions and AHA creams formulated specifically for dry skin, find the AHA product 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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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.