Let’s chat about Acids.

When you think about acids, do you think about someone having their skin start to melt off, or the headlining story on a trashy magazine? Or maybe science lessons in high school? I remember doing a unit on corrosion and leaving a very weak acid to drip into a large rock over the weekend. Riveting stuff!

I’ve noticed recently a lot of acids on the skincare market, be it for hydration or exfoliation, and if I’m completely honest its made me feel a little lost. Weren’t we always told not to put acid on our skin?? And don’t even get me started on retinoids, AHAs and all those other things that peel away your skin. I know they’re incredibly popular, but I’ve always wondered what kinds of people read about them and thought ‘yeah, I’ll put that on the most visible area of my skin, sure!’ Ridiculous.

That might just be my naturals/organics focus, looking for products that fit those boxes often mean the most gentle and soothing options. Acids can be natural, I suppose, but I’m still not sure how I feel about them. Except one. Of course! Did you really think I was just going to have a whinge and say see you next week? Of course not. If I can pride myself on anything, it’s not leaving my blog with an overarching sense of dread.

The one I have learnt to love comes under one the acid categories I mentioned above. Hydration. As someone with fussy dry skin, it can be a bit of a trek to find something that ticks both criteria. But I have. Hyaluronic Acid serum is the best! Not to be confused with hydraulic acid, as I’ve heard some people call it, hyaluronic acid is super moisturising, so long as you do it right.

No, there’s no risk of burning off your skin cells, but you can dry them out. The whole gimmick of the ingredient is that it draws moisture into itself to hydrate your skin. The moisture comes from a damp face, or a humid atmosphere, or, failing that, from deeper down in your skin cells. Not good! Then you just end up with less moisture, because the water your body was storing deep down comes up and is at greater risk of evaporating.

Wicked witch of the west style dehydration and wrinkles are on their way to you!

I don’t really want to add anything more about acids, because I really don’t know a lot, and I only tried the hyaluronic variety because a friend with similar skin begged me to. Do you like/use other acids? Please tell me your stories of success and horror!