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If you often notice the acronyms "AHA" or "BHA" while looking closely at skin care product labels, it's probably high time you learned exactly what they mean. The abbreviations, which are short for alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid, respectively, are common components in exfoliating, softening and anti-aging skin care formulas. Be savvy when it comes to selecting what you put on your complexion. Learn what AHA and BHA aim to offer your skin.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad
If you're looking for a self-tanner that not only gives you a hint of healthy color, but that also purifies your skin, Marissa Gold of Redbook magazine raves about the Alpha Beta Glow Pad by Dr. Dennis Gross. The peel pads gently slough away skin-dulling debris, dead skin cells, oil and dirt using both alpha and beta hydroxy acids, leaving your complexion lightly tanned, smooth and clean. Not to mention, the pads also offer enriching soy proteins and vitamin D.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
If aging is one of your primary skin care concerns, try out a facial peel infused with a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids. Alison Caporimo of Allure magazine suggests the Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel from Dr. Dennis Gross, which revitalizes dulling complexions by encouraging cell regeneration, downsizing pores and softening wrinkles. The chemical formula also includes calming chamomile extracts, protective vitamin E and inflammation-battling yarrow.
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads
Revert your complexion to a youthful, healthy glow with the Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads by Peter Thomas Roth, which Alison Caporimo of Allure magazine recommends. The peel pads include a combination of exfoliating beta and alpha hydroxy acids, skin-defending vitamin D and cell-strengthening amino acids to energize, soften, moisturize and intensely cleanse dull, exhausted and aging skin.
Vivite Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
Scrub your complexion back to silky-smooth clarity and freshness with the Exfoliating Facial Cleanser from Vivite, which the beauty editors of InStyle magazine praise. The microbead-infused facial scrub includes a combination of salicylic acid (a type of beta hydroxy acid) and alpha hydroxy acids, and works hard to prevent acne, clear out pores and keep your face feeling and looking soft, clean and radiant.