Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
Alpha-hydroxy Acids are derivatives of fruit and dairy products and are found in many African American skincare products. AHA is a chemical exfoliant that can give the skin a more youthful appearance. By removing the outermost layers of skin, AHAs can remove the damaged skin. Another benefit of AHA is that it helps to increase skin cell production. Skin cell production decreases with age and is one of the main reasons we see wrinkles and other signs of aging in mature skin. Find ways to incorporate products with AHA into your regimen to treat aging. Clear Essence an entire line of skin care products that are anti-aging and feature AHA.
Retinoids are chemical compounds similar to Vitamin A. They are used in medicine for the way they affect cell growth. Retinoids increase cell production while decreasing cell loss. They also help lessen the deterioration of collagen and elastin in the skin, which is essential when fighting wrinkles. Depending on the level of treatment you are seeking, it is best to consult a dermatologist and see what type of retinoid product is best for you. Another way to gain the benefits of retinoids is through food. Beef liver and dark leafy greens are known to have significant amounts of retinoids and can help with aging skin.
Microdermabrasion works similarly to exfoliation. It is done by buffing a hard substance onto the skin, by which dead skin is rubbed off and collagen production increases. Similar to the way sandpaper makes a piece of wood smooth and splinter-free, microdermabrasion creates a softer skin surface with fewer wrinkles and lines. Often times, it is done my professional and takes a multiple sessions to see optimal results.
Vitamin C is great because it enhances the effects of all the above-mentioned methods. It can help to protect the skin, encourage collagen protection and enhance the effectiveness of exfoliation/ microdermabrasion. Products with vitamin C are excellent for African American skin because it can treat hyperpigmentation. To incorporate vitamin C into your daily skincare regimen, look for products like the ones in Clear Essence’s Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line. The individual products in this line can makeup an entire regimen, and they all have vitamin C.