Herbline Essentials recently launched a luxury range, a few months ago, called Premium Essentials. This range currently consists of two products: Intensive Age Defense Cream and AHA Cream.
Today my review is that of the AHA Cream. However, before that I would like to talk a bit about AHA. It stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which are typically derived from food products including glycolic acid (from sugar cane), lactic acid (from sour milk), malic acid (from apples), citric acid (from citrus fruits) and tartaric acid (from grape wine).
You will mostly find Glycolic and Lactic acids in creams/peels because of their greater power to penetrate the skin. AHA helps in fighting skin aging, by helping along the production of collagen that keeps your skin firm, elastic and youthful. It helps to shed the dull layer of dead skin cells (the very top layer of your skin) and thus gives you a glowing look.
AHAs in cosmetic products, come at different concentration of active ingredients. Usually, at-home peel kits/creams have a concentration of less than 5%. For intensive effect on scarred/acne prone skin/mature and photo-damaged skin, there are chemical peels done strictly by professionals, in which the concentration can go as high as 50 – 70%. The usage of AHAs is not advised in the mornings as your freshly revealed skin is more prone to sun damage.
I don’t want this post to be super long and wikipedia-like!. So now that you know the basics, onto the review:
Herbline Essential’s AHA Cream has a concentration of 2 – 3 % and is recommended for all skin types. It specifically says here on the packaging that it can be used daily and only at nights.
This cream boasts a myriad of great, organic ingredients like : Coco palm wax, Castor oil, Rice bran oil, Grape seed oil, Wheat germ oil, Coconut oil, Apricot kernel oil, AHA, Shea butter, Lactic acid, Jojoba oil, Almond oil, Calendula oil, Sunflower oil, Green tea extracts, Aloe Vera gel to name a few!. Some might be allergic to certain herb extracts and as such I would suggest a patch test before you try this product. I did a 24 hours patch test and it went just fine.
When using products with active ingredients, it’s best to use it as the first product on the skin to aid better penetration. So, I first use a cleanser, then a toner and then the AHA cream and then continue with the rest of my routine. I will talk in detail about how to layer different skincare products in an upcoming post.
The cream is white in color, thick, yet gets absorbed super fast into your skin. You don’t need a lot at one time. I have been using this cream daily, for the past two months and I have used up only 1/4th of the product!.
It says on the packaging, that it should be massaged gently onto dry face and neck. This is of utmost importance because if you apply this to a wet face, it combines with the water, becomes paste-like and makes absorption really tough. You will then need to keep massaging, to get it absorbed. But on a dry face, it works like a charm. You get a radiant look almost immediately. Your skin also gets a firm, smooth, soft and supple feel. I just love it!
The product comes in a glass jar, containing 50 gms. It has a white lid inside to keep the cream from smearing all over the main lid, which is golden in color. It’s smell is pleasant, though it doesn’t smell like any of the individual natural ingredients listed. It might be the smell of the lactic acid/AHA.
This product, being a luxury item with all the natural, organic goodness in it, costs a whopping AED342. If you can afford it, I would totally ask you to invest in this cream as it helps even out your skin and regular use helps break the bonds that hold dry and damaged cells together leading to healthy and fresh skin!.
You can buy this, along with other amazing Herbline Essentials products, from all leading pharmacies in UAE like Boots, Bin Sina and also from their online store. There is no shipping charge within UAE, which is a great deal!. To check out the AHA cream on their site, click here.
Have you ever used an AHA cream?. If yes, what are your thoughts on it?. Do leave a comment below. Don’t forget to take part in my ongoing Hello Summer Giveaway Hop, to win a giftcode worth $75 to spend at Minted.com. Giveaway ends on 28th May 2014 and is open to international participants!
Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.