Natural Wonders

Never really knew what AHA’s and BHA’s are? Well, I have broken it down for you with the help of my skincare experts. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) are derived from various fruit and milk sugars. AHA’s are also known as glycolic acid and they are gaining in popularity. AHA’s are used in a variety of skin creams, lotions, and cosmetics in our modern day society. These glycolic acids unclog pores, clear skin, reduce wrinkles, age spots, and reveal a fresh new layer of radiant skin. AHA’s do this by exfoliating the first layer of dead skin cells by renewing the new layer beneath it. They also help hydrate the skin, increase your collagen production, and improve your skin’s texture. It can be in the form of 5 to 20 percent concentration in skincare products. The average person starts to notice results in as little as three uses.

Beta Hydroxy Acids or salicyclic acid as it is also known is similar to glycolic because they both have anti-aging and exfoliate properties. However, beta hydroxy acids are mainly used as just an exfoliant. They slough off the dead skin layers to help improve the skin’s look and texture. The best concentration that you need in beta hydroxyl products are in the form of one to two percent concentration with a three to four PH. You will start seeing results with beta hydroxyl acids in about six months.

The main difference between these two acids is their lipid solubility. Meaning that alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble and beta hydroxy acid is oil soluble. What does this mean for your skin? Well beta hydroxy acids penetrate deep into the pores to exfoliate the dead skin cells. BHA’s get rid of those pesky blackheads on problem skin areas. Alpha hydroxy acids are particularly good on thickened skin where problem skin is not an issue. (i.e. great for calluses on the feet)

Come to ESSpa Kozmetika and let our skincare professionals suggest an effective skincare regimen. You should always check with your skincare experts at ESSpa Kozmetika to see if your skin type can take the heat of both alpha and beta hydroxy acids. Luckily, for you, ESSpa Kozmetika is open everyday and our team members are here to help you achieve great looking and feeling skin with a pampering experience.

ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare & Day Spa exists within an organically restored WWI-era auto dealership located just 8 miles north of Downtown Pittsburgh in Aspinwall Borough. Eva and her team of Hungarian-trained professionals use only the finest and handmade products in facials, massages, body and nail treatments that are each designed to go beyond mere relaxation and deliver better-looking, healthy skin. It is Eva’s belief that a trip to a spa should never be considered a luxury and that regular visits to ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare treatments are true preventative medicine that should be routine for the entire family – even children.

For more information contact:
Scott Kerschbaumer
17 Brilliant Ave
Pittsburgh, Pa 15215


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