AHA! - Peeling With Fruit and Milk
|Yes, tomato is a fruit!|
How Can Acids Possibly Be Good For Skin?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids help to exfoliate and rejuvinate the skin, making them ideal for acne-prone skin as well as mature skin (they are wrinkle-fighting). AHA's have multiple beneficial qualities:
- they encourage collagen production
- they help to increase the thickness of the skin
- they speed the sloughing off of dead skin cells
- they speed the generation of new skin cells
Tomatos and Milk
The AHA's in my products are sourced from fruit and milk. To be specific: Tomatos (INCI: Solanum Lycoperiscum) and milk (INCI: Lactic Acid). There is also an added moisturizing agent called Propylene Glycol (INCI: propylene glycol) – an organic compound also known as a "double alcohol".
But Do They Work?Darn straight they work! They are so effective that my suppliers include warnings about responsible dosage and periods of use. For a short-term course of use, a higher concentration (up to 10% of the product) can be used. The LisaLise 7-Day Skin Renewal Serum has a 7% dosage. And, as the name indicates, its intended use is for a maximum of 7 consecutive days. Further: it is strongly recommended to take a break of 2 full months between each 7-day course of high-dose use. AHA's are that powerful! For a daily use product (for example, a night cream) the recommended dosage is 1%. And no, AHA's are not one of those things where 'more is better'. Correct dosage is always paramount in skin care!
Finally, there is an additional precaution to following a high-dose course of use. The skin becomes temporarily photo-sensitive, meaning you need to be very serious about staying out of the sun. Despite all this, the efficiency of AHA's is undisputable, and when used responsibly, a very effective way to renew the skin using natural, plant-based ingredients. I have followed a 7-day course 4 times a year for the past several years and feel a noticable difference every time.