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The Tea On Glycolic Acid

Written by Emani Jeter

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Posted on December 10 2018

The world of skincare and beauty has gotten smaller and smaller with more and more internet DIYs and tips and tricks being made. But, what is true and what is false Beauty Strike is owned by a licensed esthetician and todays topic is Glycolic acid. 

Intro 

Hey Beauty Lovers,

Its Emani Mone the owner and head Esthetician at Beauty Strike. Numerous people have asked me about Glycolic acid recently so I wanted to make a blog post about it to shed some light on why and how you should use it especially in the winter time! A little info about me, I have eczema which makes my skin super dry so I am always moisturizing even in 90 degree weather. I started getting acne at about 9 years old and have tried everything from Proactive to Mary Kay for my skin and using targeted solutions and products like Glycolic has really transformed my skin. 

So whats the tea sis? Glycolic acid is like the holy grail of skincare. Imagine working on hyper-pigmentation, scarring, signs of aging and revealing a brighter fresher skin tone all at once. Yes, sis is definitely IT.  Glycolic acid is a colorless, odorless compound that is derived from cane sugar, unripe grapes and sugar beets. Glycolic belongs to the AHA family, (alpha hydroxy acid) the molecules of Glycolic acid is the smallest in the AHA family so it penetrates VERY quickly but it is water soluble so its easily washed off. 

A Snippet from BabeandBeauty Below

The Chemistry 

If you aren't familiar with pH here is a quick chemistry lesson. Potential of hydrogen is the measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The pH scale ranges from 1, being the most acidic and 14, being the most alkaline. A pH of 7 is considered neutral and the ideal healthy pH of the skin is between 4.5-6. When it comes to all acids the lower the pH the stronger the acid and the deeper it will penetrate regardless of percentage strength.

Now, for glycolic acid to be beneficial and essentially work the pH can't be higher than 4.0. Higher would be considered neutral making it ineffective and lower would make it a peel treatment that would need to be neutralized or could basically burn our faces off! Yikes!

 

Glycolic Acid Benefits

  • Promotes production of Collagen
  • Gives skin that glow
  • Smooths skin Tone
  • Softens lines and wrinkles and sagging skin
  • Exfoliates the skin without a scrubbing feeling
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Prevents blocked pores
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation
  • Helps Other products absorption 
  • Removes layer of dead skin allowing pores to excrete oil properly- prevents blackheads 
  • Restores Moisture + Plumpness

Precautions

Glycolic acid is very active and can at first be very TINGLY. So in your first use please use sparingly and always remember to use spf.

Vitamin C serum and any AHA should not be mixed because both products pH does not combine well together. Your skin wont blow up! But, the products lose effectiveness. 

Retinoids and acids should never be mixed together

Pause use of Glycolic acids at minimum 3 days before getting waxed to avoid skin lifting. 

To schedule your facial and add a Glycolic to your treatment click the link below. https://www.beautystrike.us/pages/book-your-spa-services

To purchase what Beauty Strike uses in house send us an email with subject Glycolic Glow. BeautyStrikeUS@gmail.com

 

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