Pretend that I am a small child and explain acid and stuff to me please?

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MrTCakes Wed 23-Mar-16 20:37:45

My skin is drab and I need help. I see people talking about hylauronic acid and other things on here and have no idea what any of it is or where I can get it.
What do I need to brighten up my skin and can I buy it in Boots or only online?
I have some fine lines, no spots but my skin just looks 'meh'.

Nabootique Thu 24-Mar-16 09:20:40

Hello MrT. I'll break it down by common acid types used in skin care, what they're used for and what products they're usually found in:

Hylauronic: helps skin retain water, keeping it hydrated and plumped up. Good for fine line as a result, but the result is temporary, as it plumps wrinkles rather than getting rid of them. It's very "in" at the moment, so can be found in pretty much every stage of a skincare routine, but it would work best in a serum that goes on before moisturiser. Something like Hylamide has peptides and other things beneficial to the skin also.

Glycolic: exfoliates the surface of the skin, removing dead skin cells and brightening. Improves skin texture and can help with fine lines. Most common in acid toners, which are to be used after cleansing, before serum and/or moisturiser, although you do also find serums called things like "overnight treatment" will contain it, as will some moisturisers. Depending on your budget and tolerance for strength of product some good ones to look at are Bravura, Pixiglow (I personally don't like this, but that's because it's not strong enough for me. Lots of people love it though, and it is very gentle), Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix (the extreme pads are good, have more than one acid, and aren't really "Extreme" at all).

Salicylic: Application and stage used at, etc., same as above, really, but this acid will go beneath and clean the pores, rather than surface exfoliate. Good for oily/combination or blemish prone skin, particularly blackheads. Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion (only the "Mild" one) is a good salicylic only one. Nip+Fab Dragons Blood pads are nice too, very, very gentle.

hollinhurst84 Thu 24-Mar-16 09:59:38

I love all the above grin
But I also use REN omega 3 oil serum which is a v v light oil with serum ingredients. Few drops under moisturiser

Otherwise I fake it with lots of dewy makeup, glowy skin products etc

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