Beauty Breakdown: AHA / BHA and the Products to Buy

In order to improve overall skin health it is important to exfoliate, as exfoliation, aids in the skin’s blood flow and circulation, and promotes collagen production. It also helps to rebalance the skin’s natural process. Removes dead skin cells gently preventing block pores and spots, reduces depth of wrinkles, fades skin discolouration caused by sun damage and leaves dry dull skin looking younger and radiant.

Good exfoliations what they need to contain are AHA and BHA. AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acids; which are acids derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, grapes, etc. They work by melting the intercellular glue that holds our skin cells together. These water loving and water soluble acids have a small molecular structure ideally for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of the skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content. BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid these are oil loving acids great for oily, acne-proned skin and for treating blackheads, whiteheads. They can get through oil that clogs pores and helps normalize the lining of the pores that contribute to acne, has an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

The skin naturally gets rid of skin cells every day, to help aid with the skin’s shedding here are some suggested exfoliation with AHA and BHA; 

Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser: Ideal exfoliator for getting rid of oily skin and clogged pores. Contains Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic Acids to provide clarity, brightness and improves cell-turnover by dissolving dead skin cell build up and revealing a radiant complexion. Also contains Jojoba Beads to gently exfoliate and smooth the skin while boosting hydration. 

Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant: This powder exfoliator uses crushed, water-activated fruit enzymes from unripe green papaya and pineapple, aids in removing dead and damaged skin cells, great for unclogging of pores and black heads, reduces inflammation and uneven pigmentation, and boosts skin’s moisture.

Ren Clean Skincare – Face Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser: Formulated with microbeads of Jojoba to deeply cleanse and gently yet thoroughly, removes make-up, dirt and dead skin cells to leave skin purified, invigorated and radiant. Revives and restores a healthy looking complexion.

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner: This hydrating toner helps to prep the skin for serums and moisturisers. Supporting cell regeneration, the Snail Mucin works in harmony with the soothing Aloe Vera to cool, cleanse and create the perfect base. Salicylic Acid- Perfect for acne-prone skin it exfoliates and reduces sebum production. 

Synergie Reveal AHA/BHA Exfoliating Serum: Formulated with a gentle blend of AHAs and BHA, this serum provides professional peel results at home. Revives and restores a more brighter and vibrant looking complexion.

AHA and BHA exfoliations can make our skin photosensitive and sensitive in general, using SPF will help prevent hyperpigmentation. Protecting our skin is vital for our skin is our shield against the elements of live.

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London’s go-to prestigious beauty therapist. Fere is renowned for her bespoke non-invasive facials, tailor made and adapted to the needs of each and every client. She now counts more than 30 years experience and a wealth of beauty knowledge in her endless pursuit for the body beautiful. Fere & Hasti is founded by mother and daughter duo. Hasti Parangi, Fere’s daughter also offers bespoke facials and also practices holistic healing. The two talents make Neville hair and beauty, 5 Pont Street, Belgravia SW1X 9EJ an unrivaled one-stop to wellbeing and younger, brighter, beautiful skin. Follow them on instagram @fereandhasti and check out their website at