Exfoliation for Dry Skin

If you suffer from dry or very dry skin, many exfoliants can be a no-go, leaving skin drier and more irritated than before. However, research has shown that daily exfoliation is vital to remove dead skin cells and reveal soft, smooth, radiant-looking skin. AHA exfoliants in particular are really beneficial for dry skin – the secret is choosing the right texture and concentration. Read on to learn how AHAs work and discover the best AHA for your skin.

Which Exfoliant is Best For Dry Skin?

At Paula’s Choice we have two types of leave-on exfoliant: BHAs and AHAs. BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) is ideal for oily, blemish-prone skin because it exfoliates inside pores and helps prevent breakouts. AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) is recommended for sun-damaged and normal to dry skin because it exfoliates the skin’s surface while helping it hold onto more moisture.

What is AHA?

AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid, but don’t let the word ‘acid’ fool you. AHAs are much gentler than traditional scrubs or cleansing brushes. There are several types of AHAs, but two of the most effective and well-researched are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Products containing glycolic acid and lactic acid are most effective in concentrations between 5% and 10%.

Which AHA should I choose?

At Paula’s Choice we offer a choice of six AHA exfoliants that differ mainly in texture (fluid, gel or lotion) and concentration (between 5% to 10%). Which one you choose will depend on your skin type and personal preference, although it is fine to use more than one.

  • Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Lotion Exfoliant
    This creamy, hydrating lotion contains 8% AHA for effective exfoliation and soothing plant oils to hydrate and nourish skin. This product is particularly suitable for very dry skin.
  • Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant
    Our original AHA exfoliant is suitable for all skin types. This lightweight gel absorbs quickly and is ideal for layering with other products in your skincare routine.
  • Resist Anti-Aging 5% AHA Exfoliant
    Part of our Resist anti-ageing collection, this barely-there exfoliating lotion contains 5% AHA and a range of advanced antioxidants, peptides, ceramides and other replenishing ingredients to help skin look younger. This exfoliant is ideal if you suffer from wrinkles, uneven skin tone and loss of firmness.
  • Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant Weekly Treatment
    This powerful AHA exfoliant has a unique delivery system to tackle more advanced signs of ageing, as well as restoring dry, rough and dull skin. Designed for weekly use, it can be alternated with any other Paula’s Choice exfoliant.
  • Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant Advanced Treatment
    This advanced treatment contains a blend of 4 different AHA’s, with their own powerful properties, and 0.5% BHA to soothe skin. You can use this exfoliant as often as your skin needs to improve dull skin, signs of aging and brown spots. The bottle comes with a pipet for precise dosage which means little goes a long way.
  • Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Bodylotion
    Don’t limit the use of an AHA exfoliant to your face - they also offer the same great benefits for your body. Our 10% Body Lotion is a creamy exfoliating lotion that softens dry, rough skin and helps combat keratosis pilaris.

Now that you know how AHAs work and the benefits that they offer for dry skin, why not add one to your skincare routine? If you would you like to learn more about exfoliants or are new to exfoliating we recommend reading Everything you need to know about exfoliants and exfoliating.

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