Exfoliating acids, or "actives" as they are often called, are powerhouse skincare ingredients designed to stimulate cell turnover.
This means they digest surface layers of dead skin cells to reveal newer ones underneath, and prompt your skin to produce more natural collagen from your body. The visible results of incorporating acids into your skin regimen can be instant, like more luminous skin and better skin texture. There are a multitude of active acids that each can target different skin goals, it is best to start off slowly, using only one type once or twice a week, along with a moisturizer and sunscreen. Gee Beauty is here to help you find your best acid.
Lactic Acid is best used for pore refinement & correcting pigmentation. The most gentle of all acids, plus it's hydrating!
Gee Approved Product Recommendation: Sunday Riley Good Genes
This acid is best for oily/breakout skin condition. Actively works to break down excess oil and bacteria in the skin to clear blemishes and decongest pores.
Gee Approved Product Recommendation: SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense
Your anti-aging best friend in an acid. Increases cell turnover for enhanced collagen production. Improves fine lines, wrinkles and enhances natural glow.
Gee Approved Product Recommendation: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Pads
Retinoic Acid aka Retinol
Retinol, also known as vitamin A is used best for scarring, pigmentation, uneven texture, wrinkles and brightening. The strongest acid of the family but can be easily adapted to. With Retinol, it is best to condition the skin with small percentages of Retinol in conjunction with the daily use of Vitamin C to protect the newly exfoliated skin. Opt for a gentler formulation of Retinol, like the Shani Darden line. Her texture and retinol reform products are incredibly gentle, yet active. Another tip can be mixing your retinol with your nightly face cream!
Gee Approved Product Recommendation: Shani Darden Retinol Reform
Azaelic Acid can be best used for those who have skin concerns of redness. Those with redness often fear harsh skin care ingredients like acids, however, there is no need to fear azelaic acid as it is told that the acid can benefit those with redness, rosacea and acne. It’s also suitable for treating hyperpigmentation and melasma.
Gee Approved Product Recommendation:
Dr. Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask
Dr. Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask Sensitive