We get asked a lot of different questions here at Saya HQ. Everything from “Are Saya products vegan friendly?” (yes), to “Where’s the best place to get a coffee around here?” (Belmondos). But the number one question we get asked, probably on a daily basis, would have to be: “So what exactly is an AHA?” Not surprising since the AHA Face Serum and AHA Face Exfoliant are two of our best sellers. We like to think that people are actually asking “What are these three magical letters and why are they making my face feel and look amazing?!” We digress.
WHAT IS AN AHA?
AHA stands for Alpha-hydroxy acids, and they include glycolic, lactic, tartaric, malic, and citric acids. Now before you grab your hazmat suit and run for the hills, listen up. At Saya Skincare, we use an AHA Complex which incorporates a blend from botanical sources like Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon. No synthetic ingredients or chemicals here, just the good stuff.
LET’S TALK BENEFITS
These powerful compounds promote the exfoliation of old skin cells to reveal fresh, glowing skin. Our body's ability to do this naturally slows as we age, so using AHAs helps speed everything up by dissolving and breaking down the cells so that they shed more easily. The results are luminous, more youthful looking skin.
Incorporating products with AHAs into your skincare routine can help with fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and age spots while helping your skin remain soft, supple and radiant. Soft, ageless skin? Where do we sign up?
WHAT’S YOUR TYPE…SKIN TYPE THAT IS
Products containing AHAs are really good for all skin types as they are gentle and cause less irritation than other acids. They are very effective on skin that has pigmentation, fine lines and/or a dull appearance.
BONUS: Alpha hydroxy acids are also effective for treating acne. #WIN
BEACH BUNNIES TAKE NOTE
Alpha hydroxy acids do their job very well, and since they make it their business to scrub off the old skin cells, it can make the skin sensitive to the sun. Always use a sunscreen with a high SPF (30 or greater) that blocks UVA and UVB rays when using your products with AHAs.
YOUR AHA MOMENT
Ready to join the party and have your AHA moment? Ya, we don’t blame you. Our two products containing alpha hydroxy acids are the AHA Face Serum and the AHA Face Exfoliant. The Serum contains a high concentrate AHA Blend that helps to brighten and even skin tone, while the exfoliant uses fine milled Jojoba Beads to effectively remove dead skin cells to unveil healthy glowing skin. For more info on AHA and all of our other natural ingredients, check out the Ingredients Glossary on our website.