I have found two magical face wash gels to combat pigmentation and rejuvenate my skin , Tone n glo and Ahaglow.
Back then , I was fighting a long drawn out war against pigmentation and was in the stage of giving up when I was introduced to this holistic , no-nonsense dermatologist Dr Muralidhar Rajagopal from Chennai , India. My face had maps , the pigmentation was so bad. This doctor put me at ease with an assurance to rid me of the dark patches or at least to lighten them in about two months. I didn’t ask for the sky , after all that I had gone through , lightening would be a blessing.
One of the products he prescribed was Ahaglow. I had another option , Tone n glo , just in case the former ran out of stock. And trust me , they are twins. If you find me waxing eloquent about these two face washes , it clearly goes to show how effective they are ! ( I plan to review the other equally magical products he prescribed soon ).
Their claim to fame lie in :
- Rejuvenating the skin by encouraging the shedding of old and dead skin cells
- Reducing the number of superficial wrinkles
- Improving skin texture and tone
- Unblocking and cleansing the pores
Well , Ahaglow and Tone n glo did more than had been promised – to my skin. I would alternate between the two periodically and they gave my skin a brightness like never before. A week into using Aha Glow , I could see the difference. Not a day passes now without using one of the two and at any given point in time , there are two tubes at home. The other being used by my son. He has acne-prone skin and these two products do wonder to his skin as well.
So what makes these products so effective ? Their active ingredients :
- Aloe Vera………….5% w/w
- Glycolic Acid ……1.5% w/w
- Vitamin E………0.10% w/w and a gel base.
A refresher on the benefits of each of the above :
Aloe Vera :
This succulent plant species is manna from the heaven to skin. Medicinally and cosmetically ours to ageless skin. I have potted plants of Aloe Vera in my garden and I apply natural fresh gel from its leaves on my face on alternate days. (If fresh gel is not available , then the next best thing is to use products that contain a percentage of the gel). Dry skin has flown out of the window ! That’s the biggest benefit of aloe vera , but here are some others :
- Heals skin of several issues including insect bites
- Improves complexion by removing dead cells
- Reduces acne , inflammation and redness of the skin
- Soothes sunburns and flattens stretch marks
- Improves skin firmness and elasticity with its anti-oxidants
- Lightens the skin
- Acts as a natural moisturiser and provides oxygen to the skin
- Prevents and lightens under-eye dark circles
Glycolic Acid :
Glycolic Acid is a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane. It is also made synthetically and used increasingly in skin care and anti-aging treatments. It comes from the family of alpha-hydroxy acids and has an excellent capacity to penetrate the skin. This is how it works : on application , glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis and weakens the lipids that hold dead skin cells together , thereby dissolving them to make place for new live cells. And that , exfoliation is the mother of all the perks of glycolic acid. What follows naturally are these :
- Improves skin’s appearance and texture
- Reduces wrinkles , acne scars , age-spots and hyper pigmentation
- Smoothens skin
Glycolic acid is a very safe product with minimal side-effects. However , it is best to test your skin’s sensitivity to the fruit acid. It is used in facial peels and treatments by dermatologists.
A sunscreen is a must anyway , especially so after any treatment that uses glycolic acid actively.
Vitamin E :
We have all been told Vitamin E is good for the skin , but not many know how exactly it works. For beginners , it’s a powerful , anti-soluble antioxidant that protects and repairs our skin. An antioxidant is an agent that helps neutralise the effect of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that attack collagen and other cells and cause several health issues , in this case drying of the skin , making it flaky and causing fine lines.
- Vitamin E neutralises free radicals
- Prevents cellular damage
So , packed with these three powerful ingredients , Ahaglow and Tone n glo are wonder products for those with dull skin or pigmentation. Squeeze out a small quantity of the gel on to your palm , crush the milli capsules and smear the gel all over your wet face and neck , massaging gently in upward circles for a few seconds. Wash it off with clear water and there you have squeaky clean skin.
Some skins like mine will need moisturizer after using these face washes. I love pampering my skin anyway.
These paraben-free ( parabens are a class of preservatives that can be avoided ) face wash gels are available across the counter in medical stores and do not need a prescription.
Good , problem free skin is a boon , but problematic skin can be tackled too , with the right products and a lot of patience. You have to be lucky to meet with the right dermatologist too ! I spend a lot of time researching for safe , holistic skin care and then hold on to them for dear life!
After Ahaglow and Tone n glo , more coming soon on other products. Till then , wishing you beautiful moments ( pun intended ) !
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