Acids in skincare – how do they benefit us and what acid for which skin type?

Hello Beautiful

Hope you are having a great week, and are now looking forward to a great weekend. To all you beautiful mums out there I hope you have a wonderful mothers day, you deserve it.

So today we are going to be looking at skincare. I’m a very firm believer that it all starts with a good skincare routine. You keep consistent with a good routine you will find your skin clearer, healthier brighter and your make up will sit well on the skin.

We all hear about vital ingredients in our skincare products but how many of you know what they do,  and which skin type they are suitable for. Working in the skincare and make up industry I have a reasonable understanding of it all,  I have also been doing some research about it too and have come up with this blog to help you understand what to look for in your skincare.

Just a quick disclaimer – this is a guide and information only, everyone’s skin is different and doesn’t always react well to certain ingredients/products. Shop around to find to the best product that works well for you. 


So lets start with……..

Glycolic Acid – This ingredient exfoliates skin and reduces fine lines. It is also good for  hyperpigmentation, dark spots and uneven skin tone.

So which skin type is Glycolic acid suitable for? – Actually for all skin types. Its particularly great for those of us with fine lines and wrinkles.

You can buy Glycolic face washes and peel kits heres some info taken from on the No 7 youthful glycolic peel kit


No7 Youthful Glycolic Peel Kit

Product details

As we age, our skin’s natural cell renewal process slows down and cells that were once full of energy become sluggish, reducing radiance tone. Our skincare experts have created an effective 3 step glycolic peel treatment that gives fast anti-aging results.

No7 Glycolic Peel Kit contains

    • Step 1- No7 Youthful Peel 8x 4ml
    • Step 2- No7 Youthful Post Peel Neutraliser 55ml
    • Step 3- No7 Youthful Calming Recovery Balm 30ml.

What is a glycolic peel?A glycolic peel is a standard cosmetic procedure used by dermatoligists to renew and recharge the skin’s surface. The action of revealing new skin cells in this way helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for brighter, younger looking skin.After the first use, 82% of women said their skin felt smoother and instantly looked revitalised and brighter. After just four uses pores are also refined, skin tone improved and the appearance of lines smoothed to reveal younger looking skin.

How to use

    • Step 1. The Peel is an intense exfoliator containing 10% glycolic acid and 0.5% glucono delta lactone, sweeping away the dull and uneven skin surface to reveal smooth and more youthful looking skin underneath
    • Step 2. The Post Peel Neutraliser containing glycerin and pro-vitamin B5 works to halt the action of the peel
    • Step 3. The Calming Recovery Balm with a blend of emollients, ceramides and shea butter plus white lupin peptides and extracts of liquorice and chestnut help to soothe the skin after treatment, leaving it feel calm and comfortable.

For best results
Use the 3 step regime twice a week on non- consecutive days, for 4 weeks.


Glycolic Peel: 10% glycolic acid and 0.5% glucono delta lactone
Post Peel Neutraliser: Glycerin and skin restoring pro-vitamin B5
Calming Recovery Balm: The blend of emollients, ceramides and shea butter helps to improve your skin’s protective barrier, while white lupin peptides and extracts of liquorice and chestnut help calm redness.



Salicylic Acid – This ingredient will exfoliate the skin, clears pores (it can do this as it can penetrate deeper into the pore lining), it can treat breakouts ( by reducing sebum secretion) and will build elastin and collagen, so will help plump and firm the skin.

Which skin type is this ingredient suitable for? This ingredient is great for those of us with combination skin or oily/acne prone skin.

Hyaluronic acid – This ingredient Hydrates and plump the skin by drawing in moisture from its surrounding environment. This ingredient is suitable for all skin types. However it definitely benefits those of us with dry or acne prone skin – if you needed an oil free option.

L-absorbic acid (pure vitamin C)  – How does this help the skin? This ingredient is an anti inflammatory, it helps prevent UV damage, stimulates collagen and brightens the skin tone. This is suitable for all skin types.

Ferulic Acid- The benefits of this ingredient are

1 – Enhances retinols (Retinols are form of vitamin A that naturally occurs in the skin)

2 – Promotes healthy skin

3 – Helps prevent sun damage

4 – Fights free radicals – (Free radicals, also known simply as radicals, are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases.  see info at

5 – Protects collagen

Ferulic acid is suitable for all skin types


Citric Acid- Speeds up cell renewal and balances skins P.H. Citric acid is best for hyperpigmented skin with dark spots. Citric Acid will agitate sensitive skin.

Last but not least……….

Lactic Acid – This ingredient exfoliates, and speeds up naturally occurring cell turnover. This is suitable for all skin types particularly those with acne scaring.

I hope this has helped you in some way, as I have mentioned before please be aware everyone is different so although a particular acid/ingredient is suitable for the skin type you have it doesnt mean to say that it will be. Have a good shop around at the different companies and see what is right for you.

Until next time

Take care

Sam x x




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