Of all the anti-aging products available, moisturizers with alpha hydroxy acids are among the most effective at minimizing fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck, improving the skin's collagen production, promoting skin renewal through exfoliation and revealing radiant skin. Some with AHAs also contain beta hydroxy acid, further enhancing results. You'll have plenty of choices when you look into adding this powerhouse beauty product to your skin-care routine – from inexpensive drugstore options to high-end department store finds.
Choosing Your Product
The right AHA moisturizer for you depends on your skin type (oily, normal or dry), your budget and the extent of skin correction needed. Some moisturizers are formulated for oily skin specifically or, because AHAs can make skin more sun-sensitive and prone to burning, contain sunscreen. If your AHA product doesn't include sunscreen, be sure to apply some and wear protective clothing and a hat. Ideally, the moisturizer should make your skin tingle, not burn, for a few seconds upon application, then leave your skin looking instantly refreshed.
Pacifica Kale Luxe Oil-Free Cream
Both lightweight and moisturizing, Pacifica Kale Luxe Oil-Free Cream contains kale extract and natural actives of lime pearls that are rich in AHAs and vitamins. It's 100 percent vegan and cruelty free and is ideal for oily or blemish-prone skin. Apply it morning and evening on your clean face and neck, and reapply anytime you want to add a dose of hydration to your skin.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion With SPF 15
With a multivitamin and AHA blend, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion With SPF 15 provides all the benefits of AHAs, plus the added benefit of sun protection. Because the use of AHAs may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, the built-in SPF of this product is especially appealing. It's oil free and alcohol free, it won't clog pores, and it's also allergy-tested. Apply it morning and evening on your clean face and neck to smooth out fine lines and skin discolorations for a glowing, even-toned complexion.
Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar
This refreshing, refining moisturizer contains a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids that shrink pores, soften fine lines and refine the texture of your skin. Expect dewy smoothness and continuous hydration benefits delivered throughout the day, as Asian fruit extracts improve microcirculation in the skin. Apply it morning and evening on your clean face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
OleHenriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
OleHenriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator contains Green Fusion Complex, a powerful, proprietary blend of active botanicals with natural antiseptic properties. In combination with AHAs and neem seed oil, the product works for all skin types and helps to clear pores and keep skin matte while also hydrating skin and revealing a healthy glow. As an added benefit, the formula also primes skin for foundation to keep your makeup looking fresh all day long. Massage into your face and neck morning and evening in an upward, circular motion.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer
With a powerful duo of AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids), Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer promises instant results you can see right away. Pineapple, pumpkin and papaya enzymes work in tandem with its AHAs to reduce surface dullness, smooth out skin texture and soften fine lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile, napol cactus fruit extract helps to mitigate any irritation caused by AHAs. Apply a thin, even layer morning and evening to face and neck, either alone or under your favorite serum, and avoid the eye and lip area.
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