Alpha Hydroxy Acids for Anti-Aging | Glycolic, Lactic, Malic? What Works + How to Choose!

Alpha Hydroxy Acids for Anti-Aging | Glycolic, Lactic, Malic? What Works + How to Choose!

This is the 3rd post of my Anti-Aging Ingredient Series where we go in-depth to take some of the confusion out of choosing which products to use on your aging skin! The first post was on The Retinoids, and the 2nd was on Sunscreen which are the 2 most powerful anti-aging topical ingredients you can use (IMHO).

Today’s post is all about the Alpha Hydroxy Acids, a group of acids that exfoliate the skin to help with discolorations and age spots, brightness, texture and fine lines!

Links to AHA Studies:

50% Weekly Peels:
25% Topical:
8% Topical:

Increased Sun Sensitivity:

Lactic Acid & ceramides:
Retin-A vs. Glycolic Acid:

Product Shopping Links:


The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid + HA 2%: (Amazon), (BeautyBay)

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%: (Beautylish), (Amazon)

Drunk Elephant Sukari Baby Facial: (Sephora), (Dermstore), (Amazon)

The Ordinary AHA 30% + 2% BHA Peeling Solution: (Beautylish)

Alpha Skincare Renewal Essential Lotion 10% Glycolic Acid for Face: (Ulta), (Amazon)

Alpha Skin Care Renewal/Revitalizing Body Lotion: (Dermstore), (Amazon), (Ulta)

Paula’s Choice Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA
Lotion: (Nordstrom), (Amazon), (Paula’s Choice)

Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA: (Nordstrom), (Amazon), (Dermstore)

Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA: (Nordstrom), (Amazon)

Pixi Glow Tonic: (Target), (Dermstore)

Pixi Overnight Glow Serum 10% Glycolic Acid: (Dermstore), (Target)

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Serum: (Sephora), (Dermstore)

Colleen Rothschild Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum:

Top 3 All-Mineral Sunscreens:

Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA ++++: (Glow Recipe), (eBay), (Amazon)

Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50: (Ulta), (Amazon)

Hydropeptide Solar Defense Non-Tinted SPF 50: (Dermstore), (Skinstore)

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Today’s Makeup:

Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA ++++: (Glow Recipe), (eBay), (Amazon)

REN Perfect Canvas: (Sephora), (Dermstore), (Amazon)

CHANEL Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Foundation in Beige 30: (Nordstrom), (Macy’s)

Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer in “250 Light Bisque: (Ulta), (Nordstrom)

Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder: (Ulta), (Sephora)

Blush, Bronzer & Highlight: Urban Decay Sin Afterflow Palette: (Ulta),

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer: (Ulta), (Sephora)

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette: (Ulta), (Sephora), (Amazon)

Sephora 12 Hr. Contour Eyeliner Pencil in “5th Avenue”:

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eyeliner Trio in Silver: (Ulta), (Amazon)

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyeliner: (Nordstrom), (Sephora), (Amazon)

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Knockout Mascara: (Nordstrom), (Ulta)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in “Naked”: (Sephora), (Ulta)

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer Liar: (Sephora), (Ulta),

Nail Polish: Essie “Petal Pushers”:

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