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PHAs or Polyhydroxy Acids may be an essential skincare ingredient you’ve never heard of before. They’re topical skin resurfacing ingredients derived from naturally occurring substances such as Lactobionic Acid and Gluconolactone. They can attract and hold onto water molecules, making them an excellent choice for people with dry or sensitive skin.
PHAs also have antioxidant properties that can help protect the skin from environmental damage.

Although we love using PHAs all year round, they’re particularly beneficial for the skin in winter, as cold weather, lower humidity, increased air pollution, and dry indoor heating can lead to skin dryness, flakiness, discomfort, and dullness.

Here are some of the reasons why skincare professionals love to recommend using products that contain PHAs in winter:

  1. Gentle exfoliation: PHAs provide gentle exfoliation by dissolving dead skin cells on the skin’s surface without causing irritation or inflammation.
  2. Suitable for sensitive skin: PHAs have a larger molecular size than other AHAs, making them gentler and less irritating, which makes them suitable for sensitive skin.
  3. Moisturizing properties: PHAs can help to improve skin hydration and plumpness and promote moisture retention, which is beneficial for dry skin types.
  4. Anti-ageing properties: PHAs have been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting collagen production and improving skin elasticity.
  5. Brightening effects: PHAs can help to improve skin tone and texture, resulting in a brighter and more even complexion.
  6. Non-photosensitizing: PHAs are non-photosensitizing, meaning they do not increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight or UV radiation.
  7. Antioxidant benefits: The antioxidant properties of PHAs make them beneficial for protecting the skin from environmental stressors, reducing inflammation, and promoting overall skin health and wellness.

Overall, using PHAs in a winter skincare routine can provide numerous benefits for the skin, including gentle exfoliation, hydration, comfort, and visible anti-ageing effects. As with any new skincare product, it’s important to patch test and introduce PHAs slowly into your routine to ensure that your skin can tolerate them.

Exuviance PHA hero products, a regimen for results for dry or sensitive skin types:

  • Cleanser: Gentle Cleansing Crème – RRSP: R686-00
  • Toner: Soothing Toning Lotion – RRSP: R686-00
  • Day Serum: Total Correct Vitamin C Tone Correcting Serum – RRSP: R976-00
  • Day Cream: Multi-Protective Day Crème with SPF 20 – RRSP: R754-00
  • Night Serum: Deep Hydration – RRSP: R913-00
  • Night Cream: Ultra Restorative Crème – RRSP: R897-00