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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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.

For more information on Alpha Skin Care visit our website.

Avoid Long Showers and Hot Baths

One of the best ways to combat winter dry skin is to avoid taking long hot showers or baths. In the winter it may be tempting after being out in the cold, but although lovely in the moment, it will make dry winter skin worse. Although seeming counter-intuitive, the longer and hotter the exposure to water, the more natural moisture your skin will lose.

Why? Well, the outermost layer of our skin contains oils and skin cells that help retain moisture. The combination of hot water and soap strips away your skin’s natural oil barrier that provides protection against dryness.

When you step out of a hot shower or bath, you’ve probably noticed that your skin is often red, itchy, and maybe even tight. These are all indications that your skin is drying. Additionally, in many parts of the country, the air is also very dry in the winter compounding these concerns.

So, what can you do about winter dry skin? Start by keeping water temperature lukewarm and showers less than ten minutes long. Consider turning down the temperature on your water heater, this will prevent water from being too hot and, a bonus, you will reduce your winter energy costs! Just slightly adjusting the thermostat will be easier on your skin, your wallet, and the environment. The same benefits from taking shorter showers and bathes.

To treat winter dryness, apply a good moisturizer immediately after bathing. It will help your skin to be soft and supple while locking in moisture. At Alpha Skin Care, we formulate products with naturally powerful ingredients that really work to care for your skin. We recommend using our Renewal Body Lotion after a bath or shower to relieve dryness. The thick rich formula will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. 

Formulated with 12% Glycolic AHA, it releases dead skin cells, promotes cellular renewal, and even supports collagen production which results in healthy, well-hydrated skin. Alpha Skin Care wants to help you to have healthy, radiant skin from head to toe!

So seasons change and the weather cools again, remember shorter, cooler showers and baths followed with a great moisturizer like Renewal Body Lotion is the best way to care for winter dry skin.

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.