Let’s be honest: In the recent past, we were very well schooled about glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid. But it’s the year of the latest one that has garnered all the spotlight, is malic acid.
Have you heard of an old English proverb that our ancestors swore by, “An apple a day keeps the doctors away?” But can it also keep the dermatologists at bay (literally)! That is, of course, only if you introduce the potent portion, malic acid, to your skincare routine. There are a multitude of incredible benefits of using malic acid for your skin. From gently exfoliating dead, dry skin cells to boosting hydration, malic acid is the antidote for your most prevalent skin woes.
However if you’re already feeling a little intimidated, fret not – we’ve got you covered. Before diving right into why and how to use this concentrated portion, let’s first understand what exactly it is.
One of the newest used AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid) in the beauty industry, malic acid is naturally found in crisp apples, pears and sour glasses of wine. Being a rather gentler version of AHA, malic acid is very much suitable for sensitive skin types as it limits the penetration into the skin. The term malic acid is derived from the Latin word malum, which means “apple.” It was isolated from apple juice for the first time in the 1980s.
Let’s just admit it, in the pursuit of a fresh, radiant face, exfoliation is the next step. Here’s when malic acid comes to the rescue because it is gentler and less likely to irritate the skin while exfoliating. This most anticipated acid not only brightens the skin, smooths its texture, and helps lift away superficial discolouration, but it also makes sure that fine lines and pores are less apparent, so people with mild acne can notice a significant difference.
If your skin is prone to drying out, malic acid can help the skin’s outer layer retain moisture and ensure a boost of hydration. While most AHAs disrupt the pH balance, malic acid effortlessly recovers it. The ability of malic acid to permeate the skin and increase collagen formation is a wonderful reason to add to your skincare regime. Collagen production improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, it can reduce the signs of ageing! Isn’t that a dream come true?
Depending on its potency and the other ingredients it’s coupled with, malic acid can be used once or twice a day for up to 60 days. To be extra cautious, follow product instructions particularly.
For additive results, combine malic acid with other alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids in lower quantities, as well as moisturising substances like glycerin and hyaluronic acid. It can also be used with Vitamin C to enhance the skin and brighten it.
Your skin can get irritated if you combine this acid with other acids or harsh ingredients such as retinoids. Use it with caution.
One of the best face washes to meet your desired skin care goals, this face wash does everything from unclogging pores, removing dead skin cells and initiating renewal of skin cells. Say hello to gorgeously glowing skin.
Follow it up with your go-to toner and moisturiser and you’re good to go!
Add malic acid to your skin care routine right away and thank us later.
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