As spring starts to show its lovely face, I’m starting to take off my layers of clothing. And as I do so, one thing is very evident: My skin is covered with scales and flakes from the dry winter that’s behind us. You’d probably mistake me for a White Walker from Game of Thrones, which is precisely why I’m reaching for exfoliating body products immediately.
More specifically, I’m piling on the AHA-infused body products, because these guys literally melt away the layers of dead skin cells that are just cozily nestling on my arms and legs. A little skin-care refresher: “AHAs—or alpha hydroxy-acids—are fruit acids that exfoliate the skin to reveal new, younger skin cells beneath,” says Purvisha Patel, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare.
It’s not just a key ingredient for the skin on your face, either. Dr. Patel—well, and a plethora of beauty brands—praise its powers for your body, too, for a number of reasons. “They are good for sun spots or skin discoloration, clogged pores, acne-prone skin, and a great anti-aging ingredient,” she explains. “As you exfoliate the skin, collagen gets produced, so it helps with fine lines and wrinkles.”
Or, you know, it also just literally dissolves the buildup of dead skin cells that have taken up residency on your body throughout the harsh winter months. Either way, it’s a good thing that so many skin-care brands have concocted AHA-spiked body serums and wipes and creams to handle the job. Consider these products—from brands like Ren and Skinfix—to be your spring skin saviors that’ll help your body prep for your seasonal dresses and jacket-free sleeves. You’re welcome.
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