Alpha Hydroxy Fruit Acids (AHAs)
We at TreeActiv pride ourselves in offering personal care products that are designed and produced with your safety and well-being in mind while making the least possible impact on the environment. Our comprehensive hair and skin care solutions aim to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals so that you can completely trust your personal care products when you turn the bottle around. Alpha Hydroxy Fruit Acids are one such ingredient that we’ve harnessed to bring a huge difference in your complexion the safe and natural way.
So, What’s Up With Alpha Hydroxy Fruit Acids?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids, or AHAs, are a group of hydroxy acids that naturally occur in fruits, sugarcane, and milk. AHAs are one of the most beneficial nutrients you can receive from these food sources, as they are reputed to effectively reduce fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and acne scars.
As a topical skincare treatment, AHAs have been used since antiquity - many traditional beauty treatments include lemon juice and milk - two ingredients that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Some AHAs include citric acid (from citrus fruits), glycolic acid (from sugarcane), lactic acid (from milk, fruits, and pickled vegetables), malic acid (from apples and other fruits), and tartaric acid (from grapes) among others.
Why Do We Use Alpha Hydroxy Acids In TreeActiv Products?
AHAs are a fan favorite in the beauty market, with many consumers reporting a significant difference in their skin. This is thanks to AHAs’ ability to promote a smoother complexion and visibly reduce premature wrinkles. We at TreeActiv blend Alpha Hydroxy Fruit Acids in our products because of these anti-aging properties and more. By supporting the synthesis of structural components in the skin, including collagen, hyaluronic acid, and glycosaminoglycan, these hydroxy acids are known to help improve skin texture, increase moisturization, reverse skin dullness, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen, a naturally occurring protein in the body, is also beneficial for hair and nail health.
The Alpha Hydroxy Acids we use at TreeActiv are derived from fruits. Specifically, these are glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid. Because of its small molecular structure, glycolic acid is highly effective at nourishing skin from its deeper layers. It’s shown to be an effective exfoliating and softening agent. Glycolic acid promotes cell turnover by reducing cell cohesion and loosening corneocyte attachments, and it enhances intracellular performance by dilating the capillaries and delivering more oxygen to the cells.
Lactic acid is hailed as a skin brightening agent that evens out pigmentation and prevents dullness of complexion. It’s also known to prevent moisture loss by supporting skin’s Hyaluronic Acid content. Citric acid is one of the most versatile beauty ingredients, with benefits ranging from acne treatment to fighting free radicals to food preservation. In skincare, citric acid is known to draw out dirt and excess oil from pores, speed up skin regrowth, and reverse signs of aging. Citric Acid is also valued in haircare as a treatment for itchy scalp, dandruff, and hair breakage. Tartaric acid and malic acid are also known to improve skin tone, elasticity, and clarity.
TreeActiv Products That contain AHAs
Some Fun Facts About Alpha Hydroxy Acids
- By removing the layer of dead cells on the skin, AHAs may help other skincare products penetrate the skin
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids rose to prominence in skincare when products containing fruit extracts were introduced for acne treatment and anti-aging
- Intense physical activity produces lactic acid in the muscles, and muscle cells may use lactic acid as an energy source
- Citric acid has shown to be healthy for enhance nail growth
- Malic acid is a vital part of the Krebs cycle - a series of biochemical reactions essential to cellular respiration and production of energy