Alpha-Hydroxy Acids Are the Secret to Boosting Your Skin’s Glow Factor

Dr. Imber was featured recently on the Editorialist for his knowledge of beauty and plastic surgery. Here is a brief excerpt of the article….

There’s a reason “glowy skin” is one of the most sought-after beauty requests. A radiant complexion looks fresh, healthy, and full of life. Believe it or not, achieving vibrant skin is one of the easiest attributes to accomplish; all you need is a class of ingredients known as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs).

As we age, our skin produces less collagen and elastin, slowing our cellular turnover, the process responsible for natural exfoliation. When cell turnover slows, those dead cells build up on the surface of the skin, causing it to look dull and lifeless with more noticeable fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. According to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gerald Imber in NYC, AHAs accelerate the turnover process. “Alpha-hydroxy acids are water soluble acids that are used to effectively exfoliate skin, encouraging the shedding of old cells on the skin’s surface and production of new cells,” he says. By forcing the exfoliation of dead cells, your skin will push new cells to the surface, promoting healthier and younger-looking skin.

There are many ways to incorporate AHAs into your daily routine, including cleansers, moisturizers, and at-home peels. “These products contain low concentrations of AHAs and are slow but safe and effective in improving the appearance of skin,” says Dr. Imber. “Most of the over-the-counter formulas contain up to a 10 percent concentration [of AHAs] and can slowly lighten blemishes and improve very superficial wrinkles and sun damage.”

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