Late in the 1990s AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) were established and it created a cosmeceutical revolution. Cosmetics with a pharmaceutical like action that help improve the skin instead of just temporarily affect the way it looks or feels.
They are a group of acids naturally occurring in foods (sugar, milk, apples, grapes and citrus foods). All of the AHAs are the same family however the performance of products formulated with different AHA is difficult to compare because of the difference the AHA size, structure and molecular weight.
Glycolic Acid and Latcid Acid, two types of AHA are the most scientifically researched for performance validation. The fundamental benefit of attributed to AHAs achieved with their continuous use, is the normalization of skin functions such as helping the skin achieve a proper rate of exfoliation, and appropriate hydration levels. They promote collagen deposition. In addition, they reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, diminish pore size, and improve sun-damaged and aged skin, severe dryness, acne and hyperpigmentation.
Our AHA Exfoliating toner is not your mother’s toner. Specifically formulated with AHAs to re texturize and soften skin giving it a refreshed and refined appearance. It helps the skin by reducing fines lines, increasing skin hydration and balancing ph.
Directions: After cleansing your face, apply a moderate amount of toner to our reusable cotton pads or another cotton pad and gently apply all over the face and neck in upward motions. Follow with treatments or moisturizers. Can be used AM/PM.
Caution: When using AHA wear a daily sunscreen. If you have sensitive skin, or you are new to using acids, start by using it twice a week and see how your skin reacts and then build up to daily use.
Our AHA Exfoliating Ingredient breakdown:
Aloe Leaf Juice* - an emollient with hydrating, softening, healing, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Supplies moisture directly the skin tissue. Other properties include moisture regulation. It is effective to be cooling, soothing. It has been popular in traditional medicine to soothe burns.
Glycerin - a humectant. It is water binding an able to draw and absorb water from the air, thus helping the skin retain moisture.
Phenoxyethanol - globally accepted broad range preservative.
Sugar Cane Extract* - contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid, which increase cell turnover. They also exfoliate the skin eliminating chances of acne buildup.
Bilberry Fruit Extract - also known as European blueberry; huckleberry. It is an astrigent, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, has a slight muscle-relaxing capacity and in clinica studies it has shown an ability to protect collagen against degradation. They also appear to reinforce capillaries.
Sugar Maple Extract* - works as a naturally derived alpha hydroxy acid. It removes bacteria and dead skin buildup on the skin, repairing damage caused by free radicals and preventing new blemishes and wrinkles from forming.
Orange Peel Extract* - Citrus peel has been used as a natural medicine. It contains polymethoxyflavonoids (PMFs) as a major ingredient, which have anti-inflammatory activity
Lemon Peel Extract* - considered anti-bacterial, anti-septic and toning, astringent. Contains citric acid and Vitamin B and C.
Cranberry Fruit Extract * -plays a role in skin moisturization by helping protect the skin's lipid barrier. It is also nourishing and promotes fatty acids by the skin. Its constituents include vitamins A, E, omegas-3,6,9 an. It is good for dehydrated and aging skin.
Malic Acid - a "fruit acid." The third smallest Alpha Hydroxy acid in terms fo molecular size. It is found naturally in apples.
Tartaric Acid - the second largest AHA in size. Used for anti aging properties.
Glycolic Acid - reduces excess of dead skin cells that lead to problems such acne, dry and severely dry skin and wrinkles. It facilitates the sloughing of dead skin cells. Improves skin hydration by enhancing moisture uptake. Used for the diminishing of age spots, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Lactic Acid - a multipurpose ingredient used as a preservative, exfoliant, moisturizer and exfoliant. Lactic acid has better water intake than glycerin. Studies indicate an ability to increase the water-retention capacity of the stratum corneum. Researchers report that continuous use of products formulated with lactic acid in concentrations provide improvements in fine lines, wrinkling and promotes softer, smoother skin. It's exfoliating can improve pigmentation and improve skin texture and feel.
Citric Acid - has astrigent and anti-oxidant properties. It can also be used as a product stablizer, PH adjuster. Derived from citrus fruits.
White Willow Bark Extract* - tonic and astringent properties skin clearing. The roots and leafs have demulcent, tonic and astringent properties.
Tea Tree Leaf Oil - a natural preservative with anti-septic, promotes healing. Topical remedy for skin disorders, reduces redness and scaling.
Polysorbate 20 - a stabilizer, emulsifier, and viscosity modifier.
Organic Alcohol - helps the skin to absorb the beneficial botanical properties and also acts as part of a natural preservation system.
Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate - a chelating agent.