What’s on a Label?

Search alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) on Google and you will find pages and pages of information. Most agree that alpha hydroxy acids are naturally occurring, nontoxic acids that have been used to help improve the appearance of skin for centuries. Most also agree that alpha hydroxy acids really work! Many do not, however, agree on what percentage of AHA is needed to be an effective skin care ingredient. There is also little or no consensus on how percentages should be expressed. You can find over-the-counter products claiming percentages anywhere from 4% to 50%! Unfortunately, cosmetic labeling can be very misleading. Since AHAs are the cornerstone of the Alpha Skin Care line of products, we want to help clarify some label information and share what you need to know when shopping for an alpha hydroxy acid product.

Here are four pieces of information you should know when reading labels on AHA products.

The Type of AHA

Glycolic acid is the alpha hydroxy acid most commonly used in anti-aging skin care products. Glycolic acid is a natural fruit acid derived from sugar cane. The reason glycolic acid is the AHA used most often in skin care products is that is the smallest AHA molecule. This means that it can more easily get into your skin. It also yields the most dramatic results. For the best results when using an alpha hydroxy acid, look for formulas with glycolic acid.

The Percentage of AHA

For an AHA to be effective, the percentage of AHA should be between 8% and 14%.  A product with less than 8% AHA is little more than a moisturizer. Products that claim to have more than 14% are considered a chemical peel and really should be administered in a dermatologists office. We make AHA products that are 10%, 12% and 14% glycolic AHA. Don’t be fooled by misleading information that suggests an AHA product has 25% or higher. It simply is not true, and if it were, the product would not be safe for you to use.

The AHA Solution

Now you know what percentage is effective but, it is a percentage of what? AHAs are an ingredient that needs a carrier like a cream, lotion or gel. That means that no AHA solution is made up of 100% AHAs. When companies refer to the percentages on labels and packages the percent is usually based on a 70% AHA solution. Here is an example; 8% of a 70% solution is really 5.6% (70 x 8% = 5.6). So an 8% AHA  is really 5.6% of the overall formula. We make a cream, lotion, gel and serum so there is a product for all skin types.

The pH Level

Finally, you should know the importance of pH levels when reading cosmetics labels. To be effective, the pH level for an AHA should be between 3.5 and 4.0. If the pH level that is too low will be too acidic and irritating. A pH level of more than 4.0 is too alkaline to be effective and acts more like a moisturizer. Be wary of alpha hydroxy acid products that do not list the percentage of AHA or pH levels. They could have too little AHA to be effective or may not be properly formulated.

From the beginning in 1992, Alpha Skin Care (formerly Alpha Hydrox) has always put complete information on the box. The type of AHA, the percentage, the solution, and the pH level are featured prominently. We want our consumers to be educated and well-informed about the products that they buy. We believe, that given accurate information, people will make the best buying decision possible and in skin care, the best decision is Alpha Skin Care.

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AHAs and the Sun

 At Alpha Skin Care, we want to help you to make good, well-informed decisions about skin care products and how to use them.  We have found that there a lot of confusion regarding alpha hydroxy acids, commonly known as AHAs and whether or not they increase sun sensitivity. We thought we would take this opportunity to clarify the information.

AHAs are natural exfoliates.  They are derived from natural ingredients like sour milk, grapes and sugar cane.  When used in skin care products, these natural fruit acids loosen the glue-like bonds that hold dead skin cells to the surface of skin.  If you are not using AHAs as part of your skin care routine the top layer of cells is fairly thick.  This thick layer of dead cells is the body’s natural way of providing protection from the sun.

When you begin using an AHA treatment product, it gradually exfoliates the layer of dead cells from the skin’s surface.  AHAs allow newer, fresher, healthier cells to come to emerge.  That’s a good thing. The newer, healthier cells are what makes your skin look younger and more radiant. Skin feels softer and smoother.  Fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots are less noticeable. As unwanted cells are removed, however, so is your natural protection from the sun.  

AHAs do not make you more sensitive to the sun.  They simply remove the layer of dead cells.  There are ingredients that do make you more sensitive.  For example, retinoids, also known as retinol or Retin-A can cause significant sun sensitivity.  Many people will stop using retinoids in the summer for that very reason.  Although, sun exposure any time of year is equally damaging.

If you are using an alpha hydroxy acids as part of your daily skin care routine you must wear a sunscreen to replace the natural protection that is lost with exfoliation.  Some people think that if you are using AHAs at night, you do not need to wear a sunscreen during the day.  At Alpha Skin Care, we suggest wearing a sunscreen every day year round. We all know that the sun can damage skin and accelerates the aging process. Why take chances when wearing a sunscreen is so easy?  You can still enjoy feeling the sun on your face.

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The Ways to Use AHAs

Alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs help to improve the appearance of skin in two ways;  moisturizing and exfoliating.  AHAs function differently based upon the pH level of the formulation. When used as a moisturizer, the pH level is higher than 4.0. At this level, AHAs help to increase the water content of skin making it softer, smoother and more flexible.  

Alternatively as an exfoliant, the most effective pH level is 4.0. This is the level where AHAs begin to dissolve the glue-like bonds that hold dead cells to the surface. This stimulates cellular renewal and regeneration and allows newer, fresher cells to emerge. Products with a pH level of 3.5 or below can be too irritating and may leave skin feeling dry and tight.

We live and breathe AHAs everyday, but most people do not realize the importance of the pH level in skin care formulas. AHAs are extremely effective ingredients, and we feel it is important to know how they function in a product. Products like Alpha Skin Care put the percentage of AHA and the pH level on the box, we’re proud of our product formulation and stand by our years in supporting your skin care regiment. Be a savvy consumer. Next time you are shopping for skin care products, be sure to look at the pH level. It will help you to know what products are best for you.

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AHAs – Nature’s Skin Care

What are Alpha Hydroxy Acids?

Alpha hydroxy acids are the corner-stone of Alpha Skin Care line of products. AHAs as they are commonly known, are naturally occurring acids derived from fruit, milk and nuts. Long ago, women took baths in sour milk to soften skin. Cleopatra was said to have used old wine on her face to keep her skin looking youthful, and again generations later with women in France being said to have washed their faces with old wine. In the more modern era, masks made with fruit and yogurt have been on shelves for a few decades. All of these are examples of alpha hydroxy acids being used to improve the look and feel of skin. Six primary sources of alpha hydroxy acids.

What do AHAs do?

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) make skin softer, smoother and younger-looking. They help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkle and even skin tone and texture.  AHAs improve the appearance of skin in two ways; as an exfoliant and as a moisturizer or humectant, both are essential to effective skin care.

AHAs exfoliate by gently loosening the glue-like bonds that hold dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. Exfoliation stimulates and accelerates cellular rejuvenation by tricking the skin into making new skin cells. Removing dead skin cells sends a message to the body that it needs to produce skin cells allowing newer, healthier cells to come to the surface. AHAs also help support collagen production making skin feel skin plump and firmer. Alpha hydroxy acids help skin look and feel fresh, renewed and glowing.

Getting rid of dead cells helps AHAs to also act as a humectant. Moisture penetrates the skin better and binds more moisture together for a longer period. Skin that is well hydrated and full of moisture is fuller, softer and more elastic. Lines and wrinkles are smoother and less noticeable.

In 1992, Alpha Skin Care (formerly known as Alpha Hydrox) was the first skin care manufacturer to make alpha hydroxy acid products available to all. 27 years later, millions of women have used our AHA products and now you know why as well. Alpha hydroxy acids are natural ingredients, readily available, safe to use and they really work. If you want softer, smoother, healthier, younger-looking skin, try Alpha Skin Care.

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Three Simple Steps to Glowing Skin

Toners, tonics and serums, oh my! Do you really need 8 steps in your skin care routine? Despite all the advertising and media hype, skin care can be very simple and doesn’t have to break the bank. There are only 3 simple steps needed to have healthy glowing skin; cleanse, treat, and protect.

Alpha Skin Care Refreshing Face Wash

A good cleanser is key and is the first step in a simple skin care routine. It provides the foundation for using other products. A good cleanser is gentle, soap-free, and should remove all dirt, oil, environmental pollutants, and make-up. After cleansing, skin should not be irritated, tight or dry, just fresh and clean. Alpha Skin Care Refreshing Face Wash is pH balanced and leaves skin soft and smooth. Plus, it’s only $8!

Alpha Skin Care Essential Renewal Lotion

Treatments are the second step in a simple skin care routine and are best when they include some type of exfoliation. Exfoliation means removing the top layer of dead cells from the skin’s surface. Exfoliation can be as simple as washing with a rough washcloth, to using a facial scrubs, or even dermabrasion. Products containing alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs are one of the best forms of exfoliation. AHAs gently remove the glue-like bonds that hold old skin cells to the surface of the skin, in turn signaling the body to produce new fresh cells. AHAs help to promote cellular regeneration bringing newer healthier cells to the surface. Skin looks and feels fresh, soft with more even tone and texture. AHAs can be used by all skin types and are typically a more effective exfoliant then most other methods of refining. The cost of exfoliation ranges widely and can easily be as low as a few dollars all the way up to a few hundred dollars. Alpha Skin Care treatment products offer some of the highest percentages of AHAs available and cost less than $20!

Alpha Skin Care Essential Facial Moisturizer

Hydrating and protecting your skin is the last step in a simple routine. If you use your skin care products at night, a moisturizer should be the last step in your routine, in the day follow only with a light sunscreen. Hydrating is in itself is protecting the skin, most of the time moisturizing simply keeps some discomfort at bay, but the cracks and fissures of dry skin can easily lead to inflammation, and in the worst cases even an infection. If you have normal to dry skin, a moisturizer will help your skin to look and feel healthier. Many believe that using a moisturizer is the only way to get softer, younger-looking skin. Moisturizers, however, do not affect change in your skin like AHAs. Alpha Skin Care Essential Facial Moisturizer, contains vitamins, is lightweight, features Hyularonic Acid, a moisture binding agent, and costs only $15!

As mentioned, if you use skin care products in the morning, use a good sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Sun damage causes many of the signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots. Even on cloudy days it’s best to wear a sunscreen with SPF15 or higher. There are lots of wonderful facial sunscreens available for a sub $20 price point.

So, do you need 8 steps in your skin care routine?  No, but listen to your skin, if it likes the way a toner, tonic or serum feels, go ahead and use it! Skin care is simple and can be very affordable, cleanse, treat and protect is all you really need. With Alpha Skin Care, just 3 products for less than $45 and you can have healthy, glowing younger-looking skin!

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Exfoliate the Right Way

At Alpha Skin Care, we know that winter can make caring for your skin extra tough.

No matter how many cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens you are using, if you are not exfoliating, your skin is not getting the most out of your skin care routine. Exfoliation is simply the removal of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Removing these cells in turn increases cell renewal and polishes the surface of your skin. Without regular exfoliation even the most beautiful skin will not show its true vibrancy.

Many people turn to harsh abrasive scrubs or loofahs to exfoliate their skin, but this can do more damage than good, especially in the winter months. It is possible to over-exfoliate, so scrubbing and rubbing already dry-irritated winter skin only causes more of the same. A gentler option that is perfect for every season is a light chemical exfoliant.

Alpha hydroxy acids or “AHAs” are one of our cornerstone ingredients at Alpha Skin Care. We offer multiple products with AHAs for every skin type – in gels, serums, creams, and lotions. Choosing an AHA product for exfoliation rather than a harsh scrub or loofah will be much more gentle on your skin, and even more effective.

Some of the benefits of AHA exfoliation include:

  • Increased Cell Renewal
  • Smoother, Softer, & Brighter Skin
  • Increased Collagen Formation & Skin Thickness
  • Treating Acne, Dry Skin, & Clogged Pores
  • Fewer Wrinkles & Lines
  • Treating Hyperpigmentation & Irregular Pigmentation
  • Increased Effectiveness with Other Skin Products

The older we get, the slower our bodies shed skin cells and generate new ones; consequently, exfoliation becomes increasingly important. Try an AHA exfoliant from Alpha Skin Care today! To ensure the most effective results be sure to follow the instructions on the package.

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Amp Up Your Moisturizers

At Alpha Skin Care, we know that living with a dry skin type can be scratchy and uncomfortable. This is why it’s so important to get the most out of facial moisturizer. Although important year-round, it is especially critical to pay extra attention in the winter when the dry air makes dry skin even worse. When choosing a facial moisturizer, one of the most important ingredients to look for when choosing a facial moisturizer is Hyaluronic Acid.

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Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it extremely effective in helping skin retain moisture. Ever wonder why a baby’s skin is so soft, plump and dewy? Babies are born with high levels of hyaluronic acid in their skin.

How and when to apply a moisturizer is an important consideration in addition to knowing the best active ingredients. For best results, apply a moisturizer after using a toner or exfoliant when pores are open, clear and ready to receive maximum benefit from hydration. For those with exceptionally dry skin, use Alpha Skin Care Essential Facial Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid twice a day; morning and at night!

Alpha Skin Care formulates a full line of skin care products with naturally powerful ingredients that really work!

For more information on Alpha Skin Care visit our website.

Spend Less, Look Better in 2021

In January, we all have a chance to begin again and start fresh. Every year several of the Top 10 New Years’ Resolutions involve saving money. This year, saving money will be particularly important for many families. As you might have guessed, other resolutions tend to be about health, fitness and breaking bad habits. There is a way you can do both; start an Alpha Skin Care routine this year. You’ll spend less on skin care products and your skin will look and feel better!

You’ve heard the expression, “You get what you pay for”. For many, that means if something is inexpensive then it must be poorly made. That may be true of some things like clothing and appliances, but it is not true of everything. Some products are expensive because of high-cost packaging and expensive marketing campaigns. Skin care and cosmetics products are notorious for doing both. Who pays for the packaging and marketing? You do! Unless, of course, you are a smart, savvy shopper.

Alpha Skin Care is not a value-brand, but it is affordable. Our ingredients and formulas are equal to, and often better than high-cost luxury brands. We use naturally powerful ingredients for results you can see and feel. The packaging is simple yet suitable for each product and, as an online brand, our marketing costs are minimal.

If you want to start a skin care routine in 2021, we suggest trying a simple 3 step night-time routine. Start by cleansing with Refreshing Face Wash. Follow Essential Renewal Lotion with 10% Glycolic AHA, and finish with Essential Facial Moisturizer. If you follow this routine for six weeks, your skin will be softer, smoother, healthier and younger-looking.

Alpha Skin Care has been making anti-aging skin care products since 1992. We are committed to making skin care products that offer real results for lines and wrinkles. Keep your skin care New Year’s Resolutions in 2021. Spend less and look better. It all starts with Alpha Skin Care!

For more information on Alpha Skin Care, visit our website.

A Breath of Fresh Air!

Who remembers 1992? Disney’s Aladdin topped theater box offices, while MTV tried something other than music videos with the first season of The Real World. Whitney Houston was top of the charts with “I Will Always Love You” and the still surprisingly high cost of a super bowl ad was $850,000, while this past year it was more than $5.8 million! Basically, what we’re getting at, times change. Way back in 1992 Alpha Skin Care was known by another name and was brand new to the health and beauty market. It was just beginning to lead the way in naturally powerful skin care.

We launched in 1992 as Alpha Hydrox with just two products. At the time the name originated from the active ingredient, alpha hydroxy acid. Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs were innovative in skin care in the 1990s. The name showcased what made Alpha Hydrox unique at the time and was intended to help consumers know about products with this new, powerful ingredient.

Over time, skin care formulas changed. At Alpha Hydrox, we began incorporating other active ingredients. We added retinol, hyaluronic acid, peptides, antioxidants and vitamins to many products. As our skin care line evolved and grew, the name Alpha Hydrox no longer fit.  Over the years, we learned a lot and our skin care products offered so much more than just Alpha Hydroxy Acids. In 2016, we embarked on a new chapter by changing the name of the brand to Alpha Skin Care. As Alpha Skin Care, we still offer many of the same great products you know and love, but our loyal users have noticed a few new names. We think the names of Alpha Skin Care better represent who we are today. Our newest names as follows.

Foaming Face Wash is now Refreshing Face Wash

Toner Astringent is now Clarifying Toner

10% AHA Enhanced Cream is now Essential Renewal Cream

10% AHA Enhanced Lotion is now Essential Renewal Lotion

10% AHA Oil-Free Formula is now Essential Renewal Gel

12% AHA Souffle is now Enhanced Renewal Cream

Silk Wrap Body Lotion is now Renewal Body Lotion

14% AHA Intensive Serum is now Intensive Renewal Serum

Retinol ResQ is now Enhanced Wrinkle Repair Cream

Eye and Upper Lip Cream is now Nourishing Eye Cream

Spot Light Skin Lightener is now Dual Action Skin Lightener

Additionally, to be environmentally friendly, we’ve removed all internal platforms from the packaging and eliminated any extra waste in the updated design, and most importantly the packaging itself is recyclable. Why is Alpha Skin Care the best choice in skin care? Affordable quality, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and simple (now recyclable!) packaging; we give you everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Our sincere thanks to the many loyal Alpha Hydrox users for their support during the last 28 years. You helped to make product development and evolution possible and we appreciate your continued support through this transition and beyond. Our mission in 1992 was to offer highly effective, quality products at an affordable price. That remains our mission today. Alpha Hydrox or Alpha Skin Care – it’s still The One That Works!

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