REVIEW OF JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM

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REVIEW OF JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER
EYE CREAM

Hello all, I am back with another review post. Today, I am reviewing my most favorite and authentic organic Indian brand i.e. JUICY CHEMISTRY’s DAMSK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM. “JUICY CHEMISTRY” is on my top wish list brands since 2016. I have used their lip scrub which was very good for my chapped and dry lips. Most of the JUICY CHEMISTRY products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, free from mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, colors, parabens, sulfates, silicones, toxic/ harmful chemicals, and GMO-free too. Brand use only certified organic ingredients and all products are freshly handmade. We often forget to take care of our undereye area. The area under the eyes is very delicate in comparison to the facial skin hence it needs extra care and nourishment. Do you know the first sign of aging shows first under your eye area! We always take care of our face by cleaning, moisturizing, toning, and applying serum or face oil but always forget to take care of our undereye. The skin around the eyes is very thin and sensitive too. A lack of nourishment and care will show the visible signs of aging i.e. fine lines and wrinkles easily. All these problems can be solved and prevent by using the right eye care products. So, now that you know the importance of taking care of undereye, let’s move on to the review part.

Too many late nights? Looking like a raccoon lately? Give your eyes some TLC with JUICY CHEMISTRY’s DAMSK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM, which is infused with the goodness of Chia, Coffee & Rose. Enriched with essential fatty acids, Chia immensely hydrates the under-eye skin and locks in the moisture. Owing to its exceptional antioxidant properties, Coffee helps to reduce the under-eye darkness and slows down the formation of fine lines. The luxurious Damask rose has unmatchable soothing and astringent properties that take care of puffy eyes and under-eye bags. Go on, try it, and throw away that concealer!

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JUICY CHEMISRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM

What does a brand claim:

Hydrate and repair the delicate under-eye area with this nourishing cream. Formulated with a blend of nutrient-rich oils and therapeutic essential oils, it helps control under-eye puffiness and dark circles.

Fig oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants and phytonutrients which are exceptionally beneficial for the skin. It promotes collagen production which happens to reduce as our skin ages and is one of the reasons for dull, dark under – eyes. Chia helps in restoring moisture into the skin keeping it hydrated, soft, and supple throughout the day. Coffee helps in reducing dark circles and its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the skin keep puffiness at bay.

Damask Rose hydrates, tones, and soothes the under-eye skin. It relaxes and refreshes the delicate skin under the eyes after a long tiring day. Grapeseed and Camellia help strengthen veins and prevent swelling. Sandalwood hydrates and moisturizes the undereye area making it look plump and healthy.

With its rich Vitamin E content, Sunflower oil not only moisturizes the skin but also brightens up the area. Due to its astringent properties, Geranium helps in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The diuretic properties of Lavender helps in reducing under-eye bags.

Shea & Cocoa Butter along with Bees wax deeply moisturizes the skin.

Key benefits:


Help in reducing dark circles by improving blood circulation in the affected region. Reduces under-eye puffiness. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Helps sleep better. A fine blend of all-natural ingredients effectively restores the firmness around your eyes.

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Know the ingredients and their benefits:

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Coffee Infused Oil*, Beeswax*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract Oil*, Salvia Hispanica (Chia Seed) Oil*, Cannibis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Essential Oil*, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Essential Oil*, Ficus Carica (Fig Seed) Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Essential Oil*.

Coffee, Camellia Seed, Grape Seed, Chia Seed, Hemp Seed, Avocado, and Sunflower Oils, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Beeswax – These oils, butter, and wax make this cream superfatted and leave the skin moisturised.

Vitamin E: Nourishing and hydrating for the skin.


Shea Butter: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for the skin. It is enriched with Vitamins A and E which are essential for healthy skin. It also protects against harmful UV rays and provides skin with necessary fatty acids and nutrients that boost collagen production.

Cocoa Butter: Cocoa Butter is excellent at moisturizing the skin. It contains healthy fatty acids and antioxidants that help keep skin inflammations at bay. It also helps to reduce the appearance of scars, stretches marks, and neutralizes free radical damage.

Carnauba Wax: Popularly known as Brazil wax, Carnauba wax is hypoallergenic and an excellent emollient. It is rich in fatty acids and exhibits skin-protecting properties. Owing to its high melting point, it helps bind the product and keep it in a pliable yet solid form.

Fig Seed Oil: Owing to its high antioxidant content, fig oil helps keep the skin soft, supple, and hydrated by trapping moisture into the skin. It slows down the formation of fine lines under the eyes and helps reduce undereye darkness.

Coffee: Coffee is exceptionally rich in antioxidants. It helps in reducing the appearance of pigmentation, sunspots and signs of ageing. It also entails anti-inflammatory properties and helps soothe skin irritations.

Grapeseed Oil: Grapeseed oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants which helps in strengthening the veins and prevent swelling. The presence of Vitamin E and fatty acids provides the much-needed hydration to the delicate under-eye skin.

Camellia Oil: Camellia is an excellent emollient to keep the under-eye skin moist and supple. It penetrates deep into the skin promoting cell growth and enhancing the skin’s ability to hold moisture.

Chia Seed Oil: Chia seed oil is infused with essential antioxidants and fatty acids which helps in fighting dark circles and locking the moisture into the under-eye skin.

Lavender Oil: Known for its relaxing scent, it not only calms your senses but also your skin. The diuretic properties help in reducing under-eye bags. It also helps in unveiling an even skin tone. Rich in sesquiterpenes, such as eucalyptol, and polyphenols that help soothe inflammation and protect against free radical damage respectively.

Geranium Oil: This red beauty rejuvenates and revitalizes your skin. Due to its astringent properties, it helps in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness over time. It is rich in monoterpene alcohols that helps soothe the skin and improves skin texture over time.

Sandalwood Oil: Sandalwood helps eliminate puffiness and swelling in the skin. It hydrates and moisturizes the undereye area making it look plump and healthy. Rich in sesquiterpenes, it helps soothe the skin and calm inflammations and skin irritations.

Sunflower Oil: Owing to its high Vitamin E content, Sunflower oil has the ability to substantially brighten and hydrate the undereye area. It also prevents the damage caused by UV rays of the sun.

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus oil contains Chrysin, an all-natural anti-inflammatory agent that helps in reducing the puffiness around the eyes. It effectively tightens the blood vessels under the eyes and considerably reduces the appearance of dark circles.

Damask rose Oil: The anti-inflammatory properties of Damask rose help soothe and revitalize the skin. Its astringent properties help tighten the skin and reduce blotchiness. Rich in phenols such as citronellol and geraniol, it protects the skin from free radical.

Hemp Seed Oil: Hemp deeply cleanses your skin. It dissolves sebum and drives out grime, dirt, and pollution deeply rooted in the pores. Its non-comedogenic nature makes it a great moisturizer for oily and acne-prone skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties help in healing and calming acne-prone skin.

Avocado Oil: Extracted from the Avocado kernel it is full of essential fatty acids. Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, D, pantothenic acid, lecithin, fatty acids, and E, Avocado oil penetrates the skin easily and helps restore luster and hydrates dry and damaged ends. The nutrients found in Avocado also promote hair growth and help prevent split ends.

*all ingredients are certified organic.

How to use JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM:

The under-eye area is perhaps one of the most delicate areas on the face. Use your ring finger to lightly pat in the product. Do not go too close to the eye; instead, stick to the orbital bone and gently massage the product into your skin. Be sure to not use an excessive amount of the product. 

Step 1:
Dab 2-3 spots of cream under your eyes.

Step 2:
Gently massage under the eyes with your ring fingertips applying least amount of pressure.

Price of JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM:

INR. 400 for 5 gms.

Availability:

All JUICY CHEMISTRY products are available on their own website, amazon, nykaa, sublimelife.in and vanitywagon.in. You can buy all JUICY CHEMISTRY products here: https://vanitywagon.in/collections/juicy-chemistry?ref=BBHARGGAVISHARM&utm_source=vanity-star

Packaging of JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM:

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING OF JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM
SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING OFJUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM
SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING OF JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM

JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM comes in cardboard packaging in which the actual product comes in a small glass tub with a tin lid. I am so glad that they have completely changed their packaging. I remember that most of the JUICY CHEMISTRY products came in a plastic tub. But now their products are coming in more sustainable and zero-waste packaging. The actual product is covered with aluminum foil to prevent any spill. Once you tear the foil, just make sure you close the lid tightly to avoid any spill. The ingredients and manufacturing date, expiry date, and other information are mentioned on the cardboard packaging.

FRAGRANCE AND TEXTURE:

TEXTURE OF JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM

JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM has a lot of essential oils and so you will be surprised by its fragrance because it doesn’t smell like a rose or coffee hence it smells mainly of essential oils. It has a quite refreshing smell. When I applied it, there are some cool flames going inside of my eyes for few seconds. It’s not irritating or stinging upon application. The texture of the product is like a balm. It is very creamy and a little bit greasy. As you can see in the image, the eye cream looks light greenish-yellow in color. Because of so many essential oils in it, the cream feels greasy and at the same time nourishing too. So, for this reason, I don’t apply it during the daytime. I apply this cream at night, before going to the bed.

My experience with JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM:

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I have started facing several under-eye issues like fine lines, wrinkles, dry skin, and minor dark circles. I was looking for an organic anti-aging eye cream. So, I thought of trying out under eye cream from JUICY CHEMISTRY. I have used this eye cream for around 4 weeks and I am currently using it too, but I think, now I can give my opinion on this cream. This is the first addition to my under-eye care product, so honestly, I don’t know if under-eye cream usually takes a long time or not to show the actual results. But as per my experience with this product, I can say that it showed me the visible results within a week. Yes, you read it right! I have very sensitive and dry under my eyes. But this cream did not irritate my under-eye skin. This eye cream is very nourishing for my under-eye area. Sensitive eye people may find the fragrance too over-powering but after sometimes you will be used to its fragrance. In my case, the cream doesn’t sting upon application but there were some cool flames going inside my eyes for few seconds.

The first time when I applied it under my eyes, I applied too much and was end up looking greasy eyes. So, the key to apply this eye cream is little goes a long way. It doesn’t absorb quickly into the skin, you need to apply it with light hands because the skin under the eyes is very thin and delicate. This cream sets on the skin and firms a thin layer. I don’t apply this cream under my makeup. I apply this cream during the night-time, after washing and applying toner on my face. When I first opened the tub, it didn’t have a waxy layer but when I started using this cream, it started forming a waxy layer. I was worried about this because I have never experienced such a thing with any skincare product. So, I decided to mail the JUICY CHEMISTRY brand team and they replied to me on this, it is shea butter that solidified, and it will melt once you will rub it and it melts when I rubbed it. This under eye cream is not for those who have extremely sensitive eyes or a person who gets easily watery eyes.

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JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSK AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM gives my eyes enough nourishment and hydration which it needs the most. It has reduced the dryness under my eyes and I would say that it has also reduced my puffiness by 50%. Because of its super nourishment property, my under-eye area feels smooth, moist, supple, and soft. The eye cream has helped me in reducing fine lines too. I don’t have major dark circles, so I have not seen any difference in them. I have seen a visible reduction in fine lines too. I had bought this product for its hydrating and anti-aging properties. And it does its job perfectly for me.

Pros of JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM:

  • Availability.
  • Sustainable packaging
  • Affordable price.
  • Organic and freshly handmade.
  • Cruelty-free.
  • 100% natural and chemical-free.
  • Gives enough hydration and nourishment.
  • Refreshing fragrance.
  • Makes the undereye area moist, supple, and soft.
  • Reduces puffiness and fine lines, wrinkles.
  • Gives fast results.
  • Little goes a long way.
  • You will get a quality product because the brand uses all-natural and organic ingredients.
  • Quantity.

Cons of JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM:

  • Not suitable for extremely sensitive eye person.
  • Fragrance may be overpowering for some people.
  • Not travel friendly because of the glass tub.
  • All information related to ingredients, expiry date, and other information is available only on outer cardboard packaging. You need to keep the outer package for its expiry date and other information related to the product.

My words:

If you are concerned about dark circles, it depends on several health and lifestyle conditions. There is no miracle product available on the market for completely removing the undereye problems. I would say that this is not a miracle product that will remove all your undereye issues in a whole night. It will take some time to show the result. Remember, an eye cream cannot fully remove dark circles or wrinkles, it is supposed to give you nourishment and to relax the under eyes. If you are looking for budget-friendly, chemical-free under eye cream which gives you enough nourishment and visible results within a week then this cream is for you. This cream definitely reduces the fine lines, puffiness, dryness, and wrinkles under the eye. So, don’t worry about the undereye problems, just give this cream a try and do let me know your experience with this cream in the comment section below or mail me at [email protected].

Do I recommend JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM?

Yes, I will definitely recommend this product.

Will I repurchase this product?

Yes, definitely.

MFG ratings:

4.5/5 (minus 0.5 for not sure about reducing darkness under the eyes, because I don’t have major dark circles.)

Now you can buy JUICY CHEMISTRY DAMASK ROSE AND COFFEE ORGANIC UNDER EYE CREAM here: https://vanitywagon.in/products/juicy-chemistry-organic-eye-cream-for-dark-circles-and-fine-lines-with-damask-rose-and-coffee?ref=BBHARGGAVISHARM&utm_source=vanity-star

How to determine your skin undertone?

Are you annoyed about purchasing the wrong foundation shade for your makeup; if you often end up buying the wrong foundation shade for yourself or if you are a mother who wants to buy makeup for girl child then don’t forget to consider one most important thing: your skin’s undertone. If you want to buy your perfect foundation shade, concealer shade, blush or lipstick shade, then before purchasing any kind of makeup for girl or for yourself, you first need to understand your skin’s undertone.

Determine skin undertone:

Determining your skin’s undertone is a must otherwise you will end up buying the wrong foundation shade, concealer, blush or lipstick again and again. As a mother or any girl who belongs to any group of age, if you wish to buy makeup for girl or for self or for loved ones then here I am going to give you some tricks and tips to find out skin’s undertone so that you can buy makeup for girl or for yourself. According to these easy tricks you can easily buy makeup for girl or if you are college student or beginner then after reading this article you can easily buy makeup for yourself. Basically, there are three types of skin undertones:

  • warm undertone
  • cool undertone
  • neutral undertone

 

Are you warm, cool or neutral undertone

Examine your veins: Finding out your skin’s undertone is a lot easier than you think. Firstly, under the sunlight examine your veins on the back of your wrist, right under where your palm starts. The skin on your wrist is very thin, under the sunlight you can have a better idea of which kind of undertone you are.

  • If your veins have blueish or purplish color then you are a cool undertone.
  • If your veins have greenish or olive color then you are a warm undertone.
  • If your veins have a mix of both colors or if you can’t really tell then you are a neutral undertone.

 

Which looks great on you silver or gold?


> The second way of finding your skin’s undertone is to give yourself ‘a jewelry test’. For this, you need silver and gold jewelry to determine which color of jewelry suits better against your skin. Under good natural lighting, check out how your skin appears against each color of jewelry.  Which metal makes your skin healthier and brighter;

  • If gold jewelry suits you more then you have a warm undertone,
  • If silver jewelry suits you better then you have a cool undertone and If both gold and silver jewelry looks good on you then you have probably neutral undertone.

 

Consider, how does your skin react while stepping out in the sun?


Don’t overexpose your skin to the sun just to check out whether your skin burns or tans. Remember your past experiences when you were out in sunlight. In summer if your skin easily burns even after applying sunscreen then you are a cool-toned person.  If your skin effortlessly getting tan, then chances are you fall into a warm-toned category.

Examine which colours look better on you:

If colors like blue, purple, pink, blue-based red, magenta and emerald green look beautiful on you then you are cool-toned. If clothing colors like olive green, yellow, gold, warm reds, and orange looks great on you then you are warm-toned. And of course, neutral undertone person can pull off any color including neutral colors like black, white, gray, beige and brown.

Cool undertone:

Warm undertone:

Neutral undertone:

So next time whenever you go for shopping make sure you buy makeup, clothes or jewelry according to your skin’s undertone.

How to find your skin type?

how to find your skin type?
Being a beauty blogger, I love to experiment with trendy skincare products. It’s very important to know about “how to find your skin type?” Instead of purchasing lots of products without knowing that it will work for your skin or not. So for this, ask for a sample (if they have any)or before purchasing any skin care product or makeup for a girl or for self, you need to know the most important thing: your skin type. In the previous article, I had given you detailed information on how to determine your skin’s undertone for purchasing makeup for a girl. Just like knowing your skin undertone, it’s important to know your skin type for healthy and flawless skin. Knowing your skin type helps to pick up the right skincare products. Take some time to understand your skin type so that you can give proper care to your skin which it deserves. Knowing your skin type also helps to pick up the right makeup for a girl or for self.

There are five skin types:

  1. Normal skin
  2. Dry skin
  3. Oily skin
  4. Combination skin
  5. Sensitive skin

How to find your skin type?

Finding out your skin type can be done with these simple steps. Just follow it!

Step 1: Wash your face with a mild cleanser to remove any kind of makeup, oil, and dirt.

Step 2: Pat dry your face with the soft towel and leave it bare. Don’t apply any kind of makeup, moisturizer, face oil, serum, or treatments on your face. To check your actual skin type this is important not to apply any product. Let your skin act naturally.

Step 3: Wait for an hour and during this period don’t touch your skin at all. After an hour check and examine your skin closely with the help of the mirror. Examine the quality of your skin.

Normal skin:

Normal skin feels soft, smooth, clean, well balanced, and naturally glowing. It’s not too oily or too dry. Normal skin experienced very few or a few breakouts. A person with a normal skin type doesn’t observe that many changes in the skin throughout the day. Normal skin type doesn’t experience reactions to any products. It’s very easy to take care of this skin type. You just need to avoid products that make your skin too oily or too dry. Probably this is one of the least skin types so if you are a normal skin type then consider yourself very lucky! A person with normal skin type has barely visible pores and no severe sensitivity. Normal skin has very few or fewer imperfections and has very few skin concerns. Buy makeup for a girl or for self-according to your skin type that makes your skin flawless and fresh.

Dry skin:

Dry skin feels tight, itchy, flaky, and rough. It can be changed due to factors like climate change, hormonal changes, diet or not drinking enough water, medication, hot shower. People with dry skin type does not produce enough oil and can’t hold moisture well. This skin type people feel dryness in some hours even after applying moisturizer. A person with dry skin type gets easily irritated by external factors. A person with dry skin should avoid washing the face too many times in a day. They should apply or reapply rich moisturizer in a day. A person with dry skin type should avoid those makeup products which makes your skin dry while buying makeup for girl/self.

Oily skin:

A person with oily skin feels oily shine on the face or they notice excess oil on the face and neck. Within one or two hours of washing the face, a person will feel oiliness. Especially during midday. Oily skin people will feel greasiness or moisture on the face. Oily skin tends to experience whiteheads, blackheads, acne, and clogged pores. A person with oily skin is easily prone to breakouts and acne. The only reason behind this is the high production of oil than the normal skin. Oily skin gets quickly shine or grease on the face which attracts germs very easily and that eventually clog pores and cause acne or breakout. A person with oily skin should stick to oil-free products to control oil on the face. This skin type should avoid makeup products that make your skin very oilier and shinier while choosing makeup for girl /self.

Combination skin:

In simple terms, combination skin is the mixture of above all three types of skin. A person with combination skin has oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) but has dry or normal skin on cheeks and jawline. It’s tricky to balance out combination skin. Combination skin is the most common of all skin types. A common mistake with the combination skin is over-cleansing or over washing the face. A person with a combination skin has large pores, blackheads, and shine or oil on T-zone. A person with a combination skin must wash face twice daily and must apply a light moisturizer on cheeks and jawline. A person can apply oil-free moisturizers on T-zone to control or balance the oil on the face. A combination skin type must choose products that are specially curated for combination skin. Daily exfoliation is a must to remove blackheads and dead skin to balance the skin. Choosing makeup for girl for this skin type is a bit tricky. A person should choose makeup according to skin concerns of a specific area.

Sensitive skin:

It’s very difficult to manage sensitive skin. Sensitive skin type takes time and effort to identify which ingredients cause irritations, inflammation, allergies, and skin reactions. To minimize possible reactions; 24 hours patch testing of new a product is a good way. Don’t try so many products at one time, instead using a few or one product is a good idea to avoid allergies on the face. This rule is applicable for both skincare and makeup products. If your skin does not show any kind of allergies or reactions(redness, burning, itching, dryness) than apply the product on the back of the ears before applying the product on the face. Sensitive skin reacts more to external factors like weather, dry climate, heat, UV light, stress, pollution, etc. If sensitive skin is not balanced it feels tight, dry, itchy, and develops redness. Therefore, sensitive skin requires special care to balance our skin and its condition. For this stick to one brand which identifies formulas like hypoallergenic, non-irritating, free from parabens, fragrance, mineral oil, and sulfate. People with this skin type should always buy those makeup for girls which is labeled as hypoallergenic and free from harmful chemicals. A person can buy those makeup for girl/ self which is specially designed for sensitive skin only.

AHA and BHA: Chemical exfoliants

In this post, you will learn about chemical exfoliations i.e. AHA and BHA. As we know, for healthy and glowing skin physical or manual exfoliation is a must. When we were younger our skin was naturally able to exfoliate dead skin cells every day but over time, because of aging, hormonal imbalance, genetics, and unprotected sun exposer, this process slows down or may stop altogether. As a result, we experience several skin issues such as dull, flaky, dry skin, clogged or enlarged pores, wrinkles, acne, loss of glow and firmness, inflammation, hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone.

There are two ways of exfoliating your skin: physical exfoliants and chemical exfoliants.

PHYSICAL EXFOLIATION AND CHEMICAL EXFOLIATION(AHA and BHA):

Physical exfoliation:

Physical or manual exfoliation is the traditional/classic way of exfoliating your skin with the help of a facial brush, body brush, and facial or body scrub. Facial scrub contains small particles that remove the top layer of dead skin cells and leave skin soft and clean. Results from this way of exfoliation are immediate but remember that they can remove dead skin cells only from the surface. Most brands contain microbeads made of small plastic particles for making scrubs. Though some brands use natural particles of almonds, sugar, and walnuts. But these particles can be harsh or irritating for our gentle skin of the face. They can give invisible cuts to the skin surface.

 

Chemical exfoliation:

Chemical exfoliation is an alternative to physical exfoliation. This is a very new and trending skin care method to speed up the natural process of exfoliating dead skin cells. This is a very effective way of removing dull and dead skin so that we can have healthy, glowing skin.  To reduce any skin imperfections, the chemical exfoliation process is a must. Unlike facial scrubs, chemical exfoliants work on weakening the bond that holds the upper layer of the skin.

 

There are mainly two categories of chemical exfoliants: 

  1.  Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
  2.  Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

These are gentle exfoliants. These can be found in skincare products such as cleansers, toners, masks, wash-off peels, serums, facial oil, and even in moisturizers. Both can be used to break the bond which holds the dull and damaged skin cells on the surface.

 

Similarities between AHA and BHA:

  1.  Reduce the appearance of large pores, wrinkles, and fine lines 
  2.  Decrease inflammation, blemishes, melasma, and other skin concerns
  3.  Improves skin texture, dull and uneven skin tone
  4.  Promotes new skin cells and makes skin healthier, firmer and younger
  5.  Helps in hyperpigmentation, sun damage and acne scars
  6.  Unclog the pores to reduce acne 
  7.  Smoothen out the skin texture and gives a nice glow

But each has some unique properties too, so that person can use it according to their skin type and skin concern.

 

Difference between AHA and BHA:

ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS(AHAs):

AHAs are water-soluble acids. Most AHAs are naturally derived from sugary fruits such as grapes and sugar cane. It’s also derived from milk. They work by breaking the bond that holds the skin’s surface. Generally, AHAs are recommended for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin because of their ability to naturally increase the moisture within the skin. They help to remove the surface of the skin to promote new, even and healthy skin cells. They are great for rejuvenating the skin and reducing the signs of sun damage and wrinkles.

 

Different types of AHA:

Glycolic acid:

Glycolic acid is the most popular AHA used in skincare products. It’s naturally derived from sugarcane plants. It is one of the AHAs which gives significant exfoliation with its smallest molecules to prevent a lot of skin problems. It also has antimicrobial properties to prevent acne breakouts.

 

Lactic acid:

Lactic acid is the most common AHA found in skincare products. Other AHAs made from fruit but lactic acid is derived from lactose found in milk. It’s one of the mildest AHA to treat skin aging, fine lines, wrinkles, reduce enlarged pores, and hyperpigmentation.

 

Tartaric acid:

Tartaric acid is one of the AHAs which is not widely popular. This acid is mainly found in most wines. It is derived from fruits like grapes. It is an excellent antioxidant to heal sun-damaged and acne-prone skin.

 

Citric acid:

As the name suggests, citric acid is made from citrus fruit extracts like lemon and lime. This AHA can be found in serums or toners to neutralize the skin’s pH level and to smooth the skin’s texture. It also helps to give you maximum UV protection.

Malic acid:

Malic acid is both AHA and BHA type. It is derived from apple. Though it is not much effective as a solo ingredient compared to other AHAs, it works effectively with the combination of other acids. Therefore, malic acid is common in combination with AHA products.

 

Mandelic acid:

Mandelic acid has the largest molecule compared to other AHAs. It is derived from almond nut extracts. It can be combined with other acids for maximum exfoliation. It can also be used alone to improve the skin’s overall texture, pore size, and pigmentation.

 

BETA HYDROXY ACIDS(BHAs):

BHAs are oil-soluble acids. BHAs work on both skin’s surface and deep inside the pores. It’s mostly preferred to normal to oily, acne-prone, blemish, sensitive and clogged pores. It has a natural skin-calming property. BHA goes deeper into the skin and removes excess oil to unclog the pore. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation properties to keep skin blemish-free.

 

Different types of BHA:

Salicylic acid:

Salicylic acid is the most popular BHAs found in skincare products. It is naturally derived from the bark of the willow tree. Depending on the product at hand, concentration can range between 0.5 and 5 %.  It is well known as an acne treatment. It improves overall skin texture, while its deeper penetration action effectively reduces whiteheads, blackheads, acne, and inflammation. Salicylic acid has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to calm down the general redness and keep skin acne-free.

 

Citric acid:

Although citric acid is primarily considered as one of the types of AHA, some formulations are considered as a BHA too. This type of citric acid is primarily used for drying out excess oil in the skin and removes dead skin cells from deeper inside the pores.

 

Tips to use AHA and BHA: 

If you are a beginner, then slowly introduce chemical exfoliants to your skin, it will reduce the chances of experiencing negative side effects such as skin irritation and redness. While using AHA products you must need to apply sunscreen with high SPF all the time, because of AHA likely to increase your skin sensitivity to the sun. Try to apply BHA products a few times a week to see how your skin is reacting to new chemical exfoliants. If you don’t experience any skin irritations and redness, then try to slowly increase the usage of BHA products. If you are pregnant or nursing, it is not advisable to use chemical exfoliants. If you have sensitive skin, then BHAs product with lower concentration can help to calm down your skin. Even if BHA won’t give you skin sensitivity to sun-like AHA, you need to apply sunscreen every day to avoid skin damage and signs of aging. BHA has a property to dry out your skin. So, it is important to apply moisturizer well after using BHA products.

 

Tips on combining AHA and BHA products:

You can use both AHA and BHA together on your skin, but you also need to consider some important factors like your skin’s sensitivity, the percentage of acids in the product, pH levels, and timing of application of the product. You need to understand your skin’s reaction when combining these two acids because it is quite tricky to find out the perfect balance. 

You can use AHA and BHA on an alternate day or you can alternate products by using one acid in the morning and other during the night. Another way is to use these acids on a certain area of your face. For example, if you have combination skin you can use an AHA on dry area and BHA on the oily part of your face. 

However, many experts don’t recommend using both acids on the face because at home chemical exfoliation contains a high percentage of acids that easily remove dead skin from the upper layer of your skin. Using another acid on raw and delicate skin can cause skin burning, irritation, dryness, and redness.

You need to keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different. Using chemical exfoliants together may work better for some people but not for all. When you are a beginner with the use of chemical exfoliants, it is best to use the right AHA and BHA products based on your skin concern.

Chemical exfoliants can dry your skin so support your skin with proper hydration and nourishment. Your skin becomes sensitive to UV radiation, so it is necessary to protect your skin by applying sunscreen. 

Don’t forget to apply AHA and BHA on your chest and neck area to improve the appearance of these body parts.

Make sure you do not over-exfoliate your skin and read your product’s application instructions carefully. You also need to pay extra attention to your skin’s reaction and observe it while alternating between the two acids.

If you experience skin tightening after applying enough moisturizer, consider that the chemical exfoliation was too harsh for the skin. At that time, you need to stop exfoliating and focus on repairing and healing the skin by slathering on moisturizer. Give your skin some time to rest and calm down.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE:

AHA and BHA have similar skin benefits. Neither of them is better than one or the other. You can achieve different skincare results based on your skin type and skin concerns. AHAs are recommended for dry and aging skin treatment while BHAs are recommended for oily and clogged skin, acne treatments, and calming down the inflammation.

If you are still confused about which to choose for your skin, then you need to consult your dermatologist. They can answer your questions and recommend the specific product to try that suits your skin.