Get to know your Alphas from your Betas & how to treat your skin to both!

Get to know your Alphas from your Betas & how to treat your skin to both!

Two common skin care ingredients you’ll have heard a lot about (with good reason!) are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). So what are they exactly, and what do they do? Essentially, they’re both plant or natural based chemical exfoliants that help remove dead cells from the top layer of the skin. But, each also has unique properties that tend to different skin concerns.

AHAs are water-soluble, meaning they can’t break through the skin’s natural oils and are mainly used to exfoliate the skin’s surface. They are incredible agents for even skin tone, easing pigmentation and diminishing scarring. Some AHAs, primarily lactic acid, also act as a humectant, drawing hydration to the skin. BHAs are oil soluble, meaning they penetrate deeper into the skin’s pores. Think of it as the ultimate deep clean for excess sebum build-up. Some skincare brands focus on one or the other, but dermatological research shows they work well together synergistically. That’s why our Joyce Blok Alpha-Beta range combines AHA’s and BHA’s to deliver the best of both worlds. 

Our Alpha Beta Power Duo 

Joyce Blok’s Alpha-Beta Gel Cream (with 4.5 alpha-beta hydroxy acids) is an antioxidant-enriched moisturiser with the comfort of a cream and the lightness of a gel. It evens skin tone and stimulates cellular renewal. While the newly reformulated Alpha-Beta Concentrate (with 15% AHA’s) clarifies the complexion, helps reduce fine lines, while offering the antioxidant benefits of green tea and bilberry. 

Where to start?

We recommend using the Alpha Beta Gel Cream in the evening in combination with Joyce Blok’s Super Serum. The Alpha Beta Concentrate is perfect for the start of the cooler months. Introduce to your evening routine by applying once a week to begin with, leave on and cleanse skin in the morning. Sunscreen is essential whilst using our Alpha Beta range. We recommend JB’s BB Cream SPF30 for beautiful, protected coverage.


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