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Why PHAs should be Part of your Skincare Routine

The top goals of any skincare routine are to cleanse and nourish your skin so it feels and looks its best. As environmental factors and age cause changes in your skin, you also need to update your daily ritual accordingly. But it’s easy to strike out when trying to hit the ideal balance between gentle and effective. That’s why you need to know about PHA skincare.

What are PHAs?

You’ve probably heard of serums, cleansers and toners that contain chemical exfoliants called AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids). Now there’s a new family on the block: a set of second-generation skincare acids called PHAs, or polyhydroxy acids.

The three main PHAs to look for are gluconolactone, lactobionic acid and galactose. While gluconolactone is backed by the most current research, lactobionic acid is known as one of the more powerful humectants that attract moisture to your skin. But polyhydroxy acids offer many other benefits.

Adding PHAs to your skincare routine

The good news? It’s a cinch making PHA products part of your daily ritual. You’ll want to introduce it gradually, so start with a PHA toner or PHA cleanser. With polyhydroxy acid as an ingredient, you get a 2-in-1 product that also exfoliates.

Some of the best and most versatile PHA skincare solutions are from the Garnier SkinActive line of micellar waters and cleansers. They effectively unclog pores, remove makeup and carry away impurities – with the added benefit of a PHA exfoliant.

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FAQ about PHAs

Can I use PHAs every day?

For sensitive skin, dermatologists generally recommend starting with one PHA product twice or three times a week. If you don’t notice any irritation, gradually increase usage to once or even twice a day.

How does PHA work?

Polyhydroxy acid sloughs away dead skin cells from the surface so your skin can ‘breathe’. This action also helps skin soak in the benefits of other skincare products.

Does PHA help with wrinkles? 

Routine use of PHAs leaves your skin immaculately exfoliated and hydrated – that means smoother plumper skin, fewer fine lines and minimized signs of aging.

Do PHAs tighten pores?

PHAs are known to help make your pores appear smaller.

Can you mix PHAs with retinol?

Most say not to blend AHAs or BHAs with retinol, but PHAs play nicer with others. For sensitive skin, we recommend introducing the mix slowly and watching for redness or blemishes.