Glycolic Acid is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are a group of naturally occurring acids that are commonly used in skincare products for their exfoliating benefits.
AHAs work by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, promoting their removal and revealing newer, fresher skin underneath. Regular use of AHAs can improve the skin's texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and enhance skin radiance.
However, AHAs can increase the skin's sensitivity to UVA and UVB rays, so it's crucial to use sunscreen when incorporating products containing AHAs into your skincare routine. It is because of this increased sensitivity that we do not include AHA’s in CULT51. There are safer ingredients which are better exfoliators and are more tolerable by the skin.
Caution: If you do decide to try AHA's you may wish to start with a lower concentration to begin with as your skin builds tolerance. And as mentioned above, use sunscreen every day as AHA's make you sensitive to the sun (whatever the weather).
Common AHA's are Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid and Tartaric Acid.
Inci names: Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Aqua, Malic Acid