Every now and then I like to use a really intensive treatment and this is where AHA's come in. This stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid and they generally come from milk and sugar, on the ingredients this will usually be listed as Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid. AHAs are generally exfoliants so they will break down dead skin cells allowing for the renewal of new ones. For a more intensive treatment you can use BHAs, which stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid, and the ingredients on the products are normally Salicylic acid. These are much more intensive than  AHAs and get deeper into your pores. My skin can sometimes be sensitive so I have to be careful when I use these but these are some that I have found work.

This was my first trial of using AHAs and its not the most intensive so a good one to try for the first time. Glow Tonic is a toner you use after cleansing and I tend to use it at night to allow it to work in overnight. I don't find this at all rough on my skin and you can tell why its a cult product as its so easy to use and doesn't cause any issues. I probably use this the most out of all of them in this post and it helps brighten and refresh my skin, giving that glow from within look.

This is a relatively new addition to my AHA collection and is more intensive than the likes of a toner as its a scrub and so contains a fine grain as well as AHAs. This has a mud like formula and so it can work deep into your pores helping lift away any pore clogging dead skin cells. I only use this on my t-zone and that is where gets the most oily and I don't want to dry out the rest of my face too much.

For convenience this is a product I will take away with me as you can just take a few pads and be set for the weekend. These are small round pads with slight ridges in for an extra exfoliation and have been soaked in glycolic acid to retexture and resurface the skin. Like Glow Tonic I don't find this at all harsh on my skin and it almost refreshes the skin. It also contains blue daisy to help soothe the skin.

It was a tough choice from this range of the cleansing wash or mask, but I went for the wash as I have quite a few different masks that I still need to use. This is a BHA instead of a AHA so a lot more intense than the others in this post. I find this very intensive on my skin and can dry it out so I tend to only use 1-2 times a week and follow with an intensive moisturiser to ensure it doesn't dry my skin out too much. It also contains elderflower which can help refresh and sooth the skin.

This is one of those cult products that I was persuaded into buying after seeing Huda Beauty rave about it on her snap chat. This contains glycolic acid for cell stimulation and exfoliation.This is very similar to Glow Tonic but much more intensive so I only use this 1-2 times a week. I do find this is slightly harsh on my skin but if I follow with a moisturiser than soothes it and the next day my skin looks refreshed and soft.

What are your favourite AHA products?


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  1. Oh these look lush! I really want to try the Pixi Glow tonic as I've seen some many reviews raving about it that I just need to get it.