Acids have really grown in popularity recently. Do you have any tips on how to use them?
Acids are so important because they help get rid of dead skin cell build up which causes skin to be dull and causes breakouts, clogging, and is just yucky.
A well formulated acid at the right pH level – not too low, not below 3, and not too high – is not only really effective in dissolving the glue that holds the dead skin cells to the surface of your skin but also is not irritating, not sensitising. A pH that's too low might appear to work – really fast – but it’s going to be irritating and sensitising. Anything too high is just going to be ineffective. So really pay attention to the pH level of the acid and to what other ingredients are in that formulation that will support the acid, make it better and if there are any irritants or synthesisers.
What are some basic acids you think everybody should have in their skincare regime?
There’s lots of acids but one is L-ascorbic acid, which is Vitamin C. It’s the purest form and only form that’s already present in our skin naturally. It’s the form that is active immediately when it hits your skin. It is basically like an invisible condom for your skin – a shield that you put on every day before you go.
Hyaluronic acid is important for hydration. I use a salt form of hyaluronic called sodium hyaluronic cross polymer that is able to absorb in your skin, because I’m big about ingredients that are smaller molecule, that can get in.
Glycolic acid is the only AHA that actually penetrates your skin. And it’s the most effective and it can actually promote collagen production. Lactic acid is derived of milk and it dissolves the surface, it sits on top of the skin, It’s hydrating not as effective as glycolic because it doesn’t penetrate your skin.
Salicylic acid is great and it's is in T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. It eats away at the pore lining so it helps with blackheads and breakouts. A nightly use of Framboos in conjunction with retinol, used in alternation, is an incredible combination. Because the retinol goes in your skin, and works from the bottom up, pushing towards the surface. And the glycolic will clear the way for the retinol to really get in and penetrate. They work very well together. People are scared to use them together, people are scared of retinol in general. But together, in alternation, I think it’s the best thing you can do for your skin.