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5 Top Skincare Acids: Why & When You Need Them

5 Top Skincare Acids: Why & When You Need Them

The word "acid" can sound intimidating, but in the world of skincare, acids are a game-changer. They offer a wide range of benefits, from exfoliating and brightening to reducing acne and fine lines. With so many skincare acids available, it can be overwhelming to determine which ones you need and when to use them. In this blog, we'll explore the top 5 skincare acids, their benefits, and how to incorporate them into your routine.

Our Top 5 Skincare Acids Recommendations: 

 1. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that can help treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, acne scars, age spots, and melasma.  

  • Key Benefits: Exfoliates, unclogs pores, reduces acne and inflammation.
  • Suitable For: Oily skin, acne-prone skin, blackheads and whiteheads.
  • Concentration: 0.5-2% for regular use, higher concentrations for professional peels.

2. Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant that can have many benefits to your skin.

  • Key Benefits: Exfoliates, brightens, reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Suitable For: Normal to oily skin, aging skin, hyperpigmentation.
  • Concentration: Below 10% for regular use, higher concentrations for professional peels.

SenSpa Recommends: 

Éminence Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser

This exfoliating cleanser leaves skin perfectly cleansed, by removing skin debris to smooth skin and leave a shine. This is a natural alternative to retinol.

Éminence Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser - SenSpa

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3. Fatty Acids 

Omega-3 and Omega-6 are types of polynusaturated fatty acids that the human body needs but cannot produce on its own. Fatty acids, particularly Omega-3 and Omega-6, offer numerous skin benefits:

  • Omega-3: Anti-inflammatory effects, hydration, anti-aging, soothing skin conditions.
  • Omega-6:  Moisturising, improves skin elasticity and wound healing.

Overall, a balanced intake internally and topically of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids can lead to healthier, more radiant skin!

SenSpa Recommends:

Willow Beauty Vitamin Facial Oil

A facial oil loaded with vitamins, Omega-3 and Omega-6 helping hydrate and soothe skin. 

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4. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found within the skin and helps with soft tissue growth, prompts your body to make more collagen and elastin, and keeps your skin moisturised.

  • Key Benefits: Hydrates, plumps and soothes.
  • Suitable For: All skin types, including dehydrated and mature skin.
  • Concentration: 2-5% for regular use.

SenSpa Recommends:

Éminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum

This serum gives a youthful looking glow, its a powerful hydrator for dry skin.

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5. Lipoic Acid 

Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant that can be used in skincare products to help with a variety of skin concerns. 

  • Key Benefits: Anti-aging, aids wound healing, improves skin texture.
  • Suitable For: All skin types.
  • Concentration: 1-5% ALA are recommended. 

*PLEASE NOTE: ALA can make you more sensitive to the sun, so you should use SPF everyday.

SenSpa Recommends: 

Éminence Calm Skin Arnica Booster Serum

This is a powerful yet soothing serum which works to remove impurities and boost circulation. Suitable for sensitive skin.

Éminence Calm Skin Arnica Booster Serum - SenSpa

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When To Use Skin Care Acids:

  • Use alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid during the day to exfoliate and brighten.

  • Use beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid at night to unclog pores and reduce acne.

  • Use hyaluronic acid and fatty acids twice a day as a moisturisers or serum to hydrate and plump the skin.


Precautions & Tips:

  • Skin care acids can be intimidating, but with the right knowledge, they can become your best friends. 
  • Always patch test a new skincare acid to ensure you don't have any sensitivity or allergic reactions. 
  • Always start with lower concentrations and gradually increase as your skin becomes more tolerant. 
  • Use skincare acids in moderation, as over-exfoliation can lead to irritation and dryness.
  • Be patient, as skincare acids may take time to show their full benefits.
  • By understanding the benefits and uses of each acid, you can create a personalised skincare routine that addresses your specific concerns.
  • If you're new to using skincare acids, start by incorporating products that contain acids into your routine. This will allow you to gradually introduce your skin to their benefits and learn how to use them effectively. 


Whether you're just starting your skincare journey or looking to enhance your existing routine, incorporating these powerful acids can lead to healthier, more radiant skin. Visit our shop to discover the best products tailored to your needs and start your journey to glowing skin today!

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