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What to Know About Fruit Acids

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Almost nothing is more exciting than getting a new skincare product. It promises so much, such as clear skin, reduced redness, even texture and more. The product offers a long list of benefits, complete with a long list of ingredients. With such promising benefits, it helps to understand just exactly what is going into your skincare. 

Fruit acids can seem a bit confusing, as the word “acid” isn’t often associated with fruits. As more and more dermatologists and skincare lovers share the wonders of fruit acids, it’s time to dive into what they are, their amazing beauty benefits and how to add them to your skincare routine.

Don’t let the word “acid” scare you away, because even if you have sensitive skin, fruit acids can work wonders. Fruit acids are a form of AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), the acids known to stimulate collagen and exfoliate the skin’s surface. AHAs are particularly popular for those with dry skin, as it works to hydrate the skin.

Fruit acids are a favorite for people seeking anti-aging properties. They work to powerfully exfoliate, brighten, tone and even out your skin, giving you a soft, youthful glow. Fruit acids don’t always come from fruits, and chances are, you’re actually already familiar with several common fruit acids. The most popular fruit acids in skincare products includes lactic acid, glycolic acid, citric acid, mandelic acid and malic acid.

Hand and Body wash made of lime fragrance and fruit acids, citric acids, great for the skin.
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Lactic acid is derived from milk and certain fruits, this fruit acid helps reduce hyperpigmentation, stimulate collagen production, hydrate and brighten the skin, soften fine lines and even the overall skin texture. Glycolic acid, derived from sugar cane, exfoliates dead skin cells, revealing softer, brighter skin. Citric acid, derived from citrus fruits such as oranges or lemons, provides antioxidant properties, brightening benefits, and pore-minimizing benefits. Mandelic acid is derived from bitter almonds and primarily works to combat oil production and acne. Finally, malic acid is derived from apples and brightens, tones and strengthens the skin.

If these amazing benefits have you ready to try fruit acids, then here’s what you need to know about incorporating them into your regular skincare routine. First, you should exfoliate, after cleansing, about three times a week. Be mindful of quantity and frequency, as over exfoliating and result in sensitized, irritated skin. If you have sensitive skin, remember to patch test any new product and use it a bit less frequently than the standard amount. Next, though you should wear SPF daily regardless, it is vital to wear at least SPF 30 the morning after using a fruit acid. These acids make your skin more sensitive to the sun, and you wouldn’t want their hard work to go to waste! The various fruit acids above are great additions to your skincare routine if you’re looking for clearer, brighter, softer skin, no matter your skin type. Find the acid best suited for your needs and enjoy glowy, even skin!

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