Can we talk about fruit acids for a sec? Maybe you’ve never heard of ‘em. And if you have, you’re probably wondering what the heck they do, or how to get your hands on some.
Well, you’re in luck. That’s where we come in! Here’s what you need to know...
The Nerd Stuff
Simply put, Fruit Acid Complex, or fruit enzymes, are naturally derived from fruit. Makes sense, right? Technically speaking, it’s a blend of five botanical extracts: bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange and lemon. These extracts contain several naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids, which have been shown to promote smoother skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal (see ya later, wrinkles!).
These fruit acids are super effective, yet gentle enough for daily use—unlike synthetically derived acids like glycolic, lactic or salicylic acids, which can be irritating and may accelerate the aging process if overused. The best part? Fruit acids are mild enough for sensitive skin and totally safe to use during winter (I know, we’re excited, too). Basically, these magical little enzymes lightly exfoliate and clear out your pores without drying or stripping your skin.
Since this isn’t science class (no pop quiz here!), we certainly don’t expect you to remember all the nitty-gritty details—unless you want to, you little overachiever, you. The bottom line: these hard-working multitaskers help clear blemishes, hydrate your skin and lighten pigment spots by loosening layers of dead cells clinging to the skin’s surface.
The Life-Changing Results
Okay, let’s get down to the good stuff. Here are the top three reasons why your skin will benefit from these super-effective fruit AHAs:
1. Clears + Brightens Complexion
The Results: According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, AHAs help to remove the top damaged layer of skin, revealing healthier, glowing skin beneath.
The Science: Fruit Acids help to clarify your complexion by turning over skin cells more rapidly—especially those stubborn skin cells that tend to get stuck in pores and cause breakouts.
2. Naturally Lightens Skin
The Results: Move over, hydroquinone! Fruit acids have been found to be just as effective at evening out your complexion, but so much safer.
The Science: These AHA’s help to inhibit melanin formation that cause the discolorations from scars and hormonal changes.
3. Increases Absorption
The Results: Fruit Acids optimize your skin's absorption level, so you get the maximum results from your favorite skincare products (think: essential nutrients + effective ingredients like niacinamide).
The Science: Surface debris and dead skin cells inhibit your skin's ability to absorb the active ingredients in your serums and oils. Alpha hydroxy acids remove these surface deposits to expose the underlying cells.
Get Your Hands On It
At Otto Skin Goods, we chose to focus on fruit acids in our Multitasker Night Serum, because we feel this is a safer alternative to synthetically derived glycolic and lactic acids. While glycolic and lactic acids are great to work into your routine on an occasional basis, regular use can actually damage your skin barrier and accelerate aging. True, our fruit acids take slightly longer exposure to see all the amazing benefits it has to offer—but we like to think of this as its superpower! You’ll be seeing beautiful, healthy results in less than just a few months, without the potentially harmful effects of more potent acids. Get ready for refreshed, glowing skin, even in the winter! Shop Now.