What does the Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum do?
The Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum is a glycolic acid serum that exfoliates your skin, removing dead skin cells and refreshing tired, dull looking skin. Along with the antioxidants and hyaluronic acid in this serum, the Alpha Hydrox serum also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as age spots. With 14% Glycolic Acid – the FDA considers this to be a professional grade Alpha Hydroxyl Acid (AHA) and so care must be taken when using this at home.
AHAs below 10% have lightweight exfoliant properties with the results not lasting very long without repetitive usage. Above 10% and below 50% however, these AHA Alpha Hydroxy Acid serums have varying degrees of microdermabrasion properties, so much more care must be taken using these serums at home. Make sure to always wear a sunscreen as well, because these Alpha Hydroxyl Serums can make your skin very sensitive to the sun and always read and follow the instructions that accompany the serum. If you are at all concerned, check with your physician before using any AHAs.
Many customers have almost instantly noticed positive results using this serum, leaving their skin softer, smoother and more even-toned.
Contains 14% Glycolic Acid & vegan Hyaluronic Acid
Promotes collagen production to reduce fine lines & wrinkles
Exfoliates dead skin cells so new and healthy skin can be revealed
Your skin feels smooth, fresh and healthy
Suitable for all skin types
Free of parabens, fragrances and oils
Not tested on animals
Who should use the Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum?
Anyone who needs to exfoliate their tired and dull looking skin and wants to reduce annoying fine lines and wrinkles may benefit from using this wonderful serum. If you have noticed a loss in definition along your jawline or premature signs of aging, such as sun spots or age spots, from too much exposure to UV rays or environmental toxins, you may also benefit from this serum.
On the other hand, if you don’t need the exfoliation properties of Glycolic Acid, but you just want to minimize fine lines and wrinkles or rehydrate your skin, then a Hyaluronic Acid Serum may be best for you.
If you only want a serum to reverse the signs of environmental pollution, sun spots and age spots, then check out our Vitamin C Serum reviews. If you have sensitive skin, then this serum is not recommended for your skin type, as it is high in Glycolic Acid which may irritate your skin.
How do you use the Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum?
If you have not used this glycolic acid serum before, it’s suggested that you perform a patch test on your skin, below the ear for 2-4 days. First time users of Alpha Hydroxyl acid products may notice a stinging or tingling sensation or even a redness to their skin. However, if this feels excessive to you, be sure to wash the serum off your skin with cool water and don’t use AHAs on your skin again. Also, speak to your medical professional if you have any concerns.
After performing your patch test, first cleanse your skin, then apply the serum to your face and neck areas with a cotton ball or your fingertips and leave it to absorb into your skin. Alpha Skin Care states that you can use this serum once or twice a day, depending on your needs, but it’s very strong so consider very carefully how often you want to use it.
Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum Key Ingredients
The Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum is available in a squeeze bottle with a pump dispenser – 2fl oz (59ml). The key ingredients in the Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum are 14% Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (vegan Hyaluronic Acid) and Green Tea. It does not contain oils, fragrances or parabens and is not tested on animals.
Benefits of Glycolic Acid
Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that exfoliates your skin, removing dead skin cells and unblocking pores. Your skin looks fresher and healthier with a more even skin tone and a softer and smoother feel and appearance. Depending on the percentage of Alpha Hydroxy Acid in the serum, the effects can range from mild exfoliation to light microdermabrasion and on to skin resurfacing chemical peels at higher concentrations. The FDA recommends that the higher concentration acids (above 10%) should only be used by professionals, as incorrect use can damage your skin.
Benefits of Green Tea extract
Green Tea is a strong antioxidant, even stronger than Vitamin C. So with this ingredient in your serum, the damaging effects of free radicals from the sun and environmental pollutants are reversed and your skin looks healthier, cleaner and fresher. Sun spots and age spots are reduced and your skin is more even toned. It also helps to rejuvenate your complexion by encouraging the exfoliation of dead skin cells, revealing new, fresh cells underneath, and promotes the production of collagen, giving your complexion a more youthful glow.
Benefits of Sodium Hyaluronate
This is actually a salt of Hyaluronic Acid, which has super hydration properties delivering a pulse of hydration where it’s needed. With the ability to absorb more than 1000 times its own weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is a fabulous ingredient to include in your serums – especially for people with dry or flaky skin or fine lines and wrinkles. This is because the additional moisture that your skin craves is now being replaced and your skin looks fresher and more plumped-up. It also promotes the growth of collagen, adding more lushness and definition to your complexion. This form of Hyaluronic Acid is suitable for vegans.
Does the Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum really work?
The Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum is specially formulated with 14% Glycolic Acid and a pH of 3.7. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, supports the production of collagen, evens out your skin tone and texture, and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. This serum gently lifts away dead skin cells to reveal the new fresh cells beneath, healing mild acne and removing blackheads and white heads. The Hyaluronic Acid also promotes collagen growth and adds extra moisture to your cells.
This is a well-known and long established skincare range with many happy customers. Most who use this Glycolic Acid Serum find that the size of their pores are reduced and their skin feels softer and looks brighter. However, a few customers find that it’s too strong for their skin, so you might want to investigate a lower percentage of Glycolic Acid.
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