What do AHAs do for the skin?

AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid, a family of acids that help gently exfoliate surface layers of the skin to reveal newer layer underneath that is softer, and more evenly toned. Common examples used in skincare include glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane) and lactic acid, which is also hydrating and gentler than most other AHAs. And just by the way – AHAs aren't just found in serums. These ingredients can also be found in cleansers, exfoliants, as well as toners. So, always make sure you check the ingredients in a product before slapping it on – you don't want to unknowingly use it for every step and seriously mess with your skin.

How can I tell what skin type I have?

Think about how your skin feels when you wake up in the morning. If it’s generally tight and flaky, it’s likely to be dry. Oily skin usually has larger pores and looks shiny and glossy all over. On the other hand, combination skin will usually have an oily T-zone, while the rest of the face is dry. Lastly, normal skin feels even and balanced. Understanding your skin type is the stepping stone to achieving clear skin.

Why does my skin type change from oily to dry?

A number of factors can be responsible for the change in your skin type. If your skin is suddenly dry, you could be dehydrated. Alternatively, weather conditions, hormonal changes, lifestyle factors, and your dietary choices can also have a huge role to play.

Which skincare ingredients should I avoid while I’m expecting?

Ruling out toxic skincare is especially important especially while pregnant. Some harmful ingredients you must watch out for are phthalates, sulfates, parabens, BHA’s, silicones, and synthetic fragrances. Additionally, avoid high doses of retinol, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, as these may cause harm to the baby.

Why is my skin dull if I drink lots of water?

While drinking lots of water is great for the skin, many other factors are responsible for dullness. For instance, how little you sleep, what you eat, where you live, and the skincare routine you follow. Some remedies for dull skin we swear by are using collagen-boosting face serums, eating foods rich in fatty acids, and steam cleaning your face.