A delicately tanned complexion, the most beautiful souvenir of the summer, is long gone. Hello, tired winter skin with a pale grey veil and pigmentation spots. The latter is a not so nice souvenir of the summer: As soon as the skin comes into contact with a lot of sunlight, the body boosts its melanin production.
The body’s own skin pigment protects against sunburn by converting the rays into heat. Actually clever, but if too much melanin is produced, the brownish discoloration on the skin develops. What then effectively helps: creams and serums with the power active ingredient Kojic Acid. Kojic Acid, which is still quite unknown in this country, also provides the perfect glow.
KOJIC ACID: HOW DOES IT WORK IN SKINCARE?
The keyword acid does not always sound very trustworthy, but it has proven itself in skin-care for years: Hyaluronic acid as a moisture booster. AHA acid – such as glycolic acid or lactic acid – for a radiant, visibly refined complexion. Or mandelic acid, which is well tolerated by sensitive skin types and also ensures a beautifully even skin.
Kojic acid is assigned to the group of AHA acids. It is a natural ingredient that is a by-product of the fermentation process of rice (for example, for the production of Japanese rice wine). What makes kojic acid so special is its strong lightening effect: it inhibits the body’s own enzyme tyrosinase, which is responsible for the synthesis of melanin and thus for the formation of pigment spots. In this way, not only old, unattractive discolorations fade, but new ones can no longer develop.
In addition, kojic acid literally triggers the skin: it effectively stimulates the body’s own cell production and thus accelerates the skin renewal process. Dry, pale areas disappear in no time at all and the complexion looks fresher, firmer, and more even. Another plus: After treatment with the AHA acid, any active skincare ingredients are better absorbed afterward.
SKIN CARE: HOW TO USE KOJIC ACID CORRECTLY
Kojic acid is often found in creams and serums in combination with other AHA acids. If applied in the morning and evening after cleansing, it gives the skin a radiant glow. However, it is important to apply for UV protection at the same time – even in the gray winter. Very sensitive skin types should approach the acid slowly. It is best to test it once or twice a week and see if the skin can tolerate it well. You should also make sure that you buy a product from a safe, certified manufacturer in Europe. In Asia, for example, bleaches are sold with an extremely high amount of kojic acid, which experts say should not be used.