Behind the Label: Hydroxy Acids

If you’ve ever wondered what the fuss about hydroxy acids is, you’re not alone. We find out why this skincare ingredient needs to be added to your routine, stat.

While mechanical exfoliators – those scrub-like formulations made with the likes of jojoba beads and natural grains – definitely have their place in our beauty regimen, chemical exfoliators are essential for helping our skin regenerate itself. Alpha (glycolic, lactic) and beta hydroxy (salicylic) acids both work in a similar way to gently unglue bonds holding dead skin together. The result: dull, dead skin is sloughed away to reveal a smooth, even complexion. Incorporate into your regular skincare routine two to three times a week to get your skin really glowing.

Check out the gallery below to discover our favourite must-have skincare products that are powered by hydroxy acids.



Three New Skin Essentials to Try

Looking to overhaul your beauty routine? These newcomers to the skincare scene will help you get your skin in tip-top condition in no time at all.

Get Your Vitamins

We all know vitamin C does wonders for our skin – brightening, firming, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – but harnessing the potent vitamins powers can be difficult. Dermalogica’s new BioLumin-C Serum ($159) has been formulated with a ultra-stable efficacious vitamin C complex and impressive bio-technology which is able to penetrate the skin’s surface to bolster the skin’s natural detox system and protect it from oxidative stress.

Revive Your Skin

The next generation of skincare favourite Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (30ml, $67) has arrived packed with innovative technology which strengthens skin from the inside out. A potent cocktail of powerful botanicals enhance the skin’s defense mechanisms, fending off external aggressors and keeping your complexion calm under pressure. The result: healthy, radiant skin.  

Scrub Up

Regular exfoliation keeps skin glowing and healthy and La Mer’s new The Replenishing Oil Exfoliator ($165) gets the job done in a unique way. The luxurious formulation glides onto the skin as a semi-solid oil and quickly melts into a silky liquid oil; once water is added it transforms into a creamy texture. Ocean-friendly natural exfoliators – salt and sugar – gently exfoliate skin to reveal a smooth, radiant complexion.