Friday, February 10, 2012
Battle Brown Spots With AHAs: This Stuff Really Works!
A lifetime of sun damage.
That's what we earned for spending our summers by-the-sea during our childhood and early teens, up until we left for college. Loads of fun swimming in the ocean, playing in the surf, and lying down on the hot sand, baby-oiling our bodies to look super tanned. Hours upon hours under the sun, especially positioning our decollete front and center to the searing rays.
Hello, brown spots.
Those tiny spots or freckles are the little gifts left to us by the damaging rays, and are the gifts that keep on giving. In other words, if you don't tackle those brown spots ASAP, they will grow and grow, and deepen in color as time marches on.
That brings us to the subject of AHAs, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids. These acids exfoliate both surface skin and dead skin cells beneath the skin’s surface within follicles. AHAs give back healthy, glowing, younger-looking skin.
And we are proof positive, that AHAs REALLY do FADE brown spots and other sun damage. The key here is 'patience.' It took years to develop those spots, and will take at least a year to see gradual fading begin. And yes, we still have brown spots sprinkled across the decollete, the area between the neck and chest, but they have faded, and some appear to have disappeared.
You've seen us brag a few times here before at BeautyTipToday, about the Alpha Hydrox skin care line. It's drugstore. It's cheap. And it's effective.
The Alpha Hydrox brand uses a bright red box for packaging. You can't miss it, when it's available on a store shelf.
One of our faves is the Alpha Hydrox 10% AHA Enhanced Lotion. Generally, we see it for $12.99, but have found it for $10.99 at Walgreens. And although it is geared more for dry skin (our face=oily), we do apply it religiously to our neck and decollete daily, and carefully under our eyes. We love it, and learned from skin care expert Jan Marini, to use the 10% lotion as a super hand cream, also.
"I've tried every hand cream on the market," she says. And she loves this brand because of it's 10% glycolic AHA content.
"Its molecules are so small that they penetrate more deeply, dislodging dead cells and lifting the skin, giving it a smoother appearance. And glycolic acid also helps get rid of age spots!".
Check out the entire Alpha Hydrox skin care line here