Skin Friendly Acids- "The Protector"

by Raghav Mittal on March 05, 2022
Have you ever tried acids on your skin? Sounds Horrifying, right? Take a deep breath! It’s not what you think. Let’s introduce you to this whole new world of Skin Friendly Acids. The word “acid” calls to mind the images of test tubes and scary chemicals. But they’re the miraculous tools used to fight acne, wrinkles, age spots, scarring, and uneven skin tone when used at the right concentrations. Acids are actually some of the most beneficial ingredients available in skincare. Today, let’s talk about three superheroes!

#1 - Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the fluids in the eyes and joints. It acts as a cushion and lubricant in the joints and other tissues. Different forms of hyaluronic acid are used for cosmetic purposes. The key benefit of hyaluronic acid is hydration and the outstanding ability to retain moisture. When the top layer of skin doesn't have enough water, it appears dry, rough, and flaky and that’s what we call dehydrated skin. The studies have shown that hyaluronic acid helps with soft tissue growth, more collagen and elastin production, keeps your skin moisturized, prevents tightness, boots elasticity, and reduces scarring. Here are some of the most common questions around hyaluronic acid: Is it OK to use hyaluronic acid every day? Can I use hyaluronic acid every day? Is it really fine to use acid on my face, that too like DAILY? And the answer to your questions is YES! A big fat YESSSS… And you can even use it twice a day as long as you're applying it to clean, damp skin, then locking it in with a moisturizer and/or face oil. Hyaluronic acid reduces redness and the visible appearance of acne. In addition to this, it protects the skin, which is helpful especially for acne-prone skin, as it does not have a very strong lipid barrier. It promotes the regeneration of skin cells through barrier protection. You get a vibrant complexion with reduced fine lines. Hyaluronic acid also minimizes age spots and prevents any dark spots in the future on your skin. Can You Use Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C Together? Not all-powerful skincare ingredients can be mixed, but hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are two that become even stronger when paired with one another. These ingredients can provide both immediate and long-lasting results when used together in anti-aging formulations.

Benefits for your skin:

  • Ultimate Hydration
  • Skin Brightening
  • Even Complexion
  • Reduces Fine Lines & Scarring
  • Anti Acne Properties
  • Prevents Dark Spots
  • Boosts Elasticity
  • Minimizes Age Spots

Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is a water-soluble, stable vitamin C derivative and highly effective antioxidant, that improves collagen synthesis and reduces wrinkles. With its skin-lightening effect, the active ingredient is a popular ingredient for appropriate skincare products. Ethyl ascorbic acid is what may be considered a next-generation Vitamin C derivative. It is highly stable and non-irritating. It is the most effective in boosting collagen and skin lightening. When used together with a product containing SPF, vitamin C can help increase protection against UV damage. It is a very stable and promising form of the skincare superhero, Vitamin C, and has three proven magic abilities: antioxidant, collagen booster, and skin brightener. Ethyl Ascorbic Acid or EAC is an "etherified derivative of ascorbic acid" that consists of vitamin C and an ethyl group bound to the third carbon position. This makes Vitamin C very stable and soluble in both water and oil. EAC seems to have both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, and it boosts collagen production of the skin. It is very popular for its skin-brightening charm.

Benefits for your skin:

  • Skin Brightening
  • Collagen Production
  • Anti-inflammatory Effect
  • Powerful Antioxidant
  • UV Protection
  • Prevents Wrinkles & Fine Lines

Capryl Hydroxamic Acid

Caprylhydroxamic acid, also called octanohydroxamic acid, is a white or tan solid derived from coconut. Coconuts grow on the cocos Nucifera, or a coconut palm tree, around the world in low land tropical and subtropical areas. Caprylhydroxamic Acid (CHA) is a 100% biobased agent that inhibits microbial growth in formulations when used in combination with other multifunctional ingredients. The chelation functionality of CHA makes it especially effective in controlling the growth of yeast and mold. Unlike parabens and harsh chemicals, caprylhydroxamic acid is safe for daily use and won't irritate sensitive skin. It is a preservative that ensures products stay fresh while on the shelf and in your home. The ingredient is commonly found in many skin and body care products. Caprylhydroxamic acid acts as a biodegradable preservative that is a better alternative to parabens, isothiazolinones, and formaldehyde.

Benefits for your skin:

  • It's a natural preservative
  • It’s biodegradable
  • Prevents product deterioration
  • Protects the skincare product from microbiological infections
  • It originates from coconut