Skin Barrier 101
You’ve probably heard time and time again how beneficial dark leafy vegetables are for your health and how you should basically try to incorporate one of those greens in every single meal -- okay not every meal, but like a lot of meals. Well, Kale is one of them! It’s an incredible superfood for your body, but have you ever thought about all the amazingly good things it can do for your skin? We definitely have.
First off, Kale is full of vitamin C which helps produce the collagen needed for skin strength. It’s also a wonderful source of antioxidants that helps your skin fight against free radicals. Second, it’s got lots of Vitamin A -- a super skin-friendly vitamin that promotes healthy cell growth, both externally and internally.
If you haven’t yet, meet Kale-Lalu-yAHA, a chemical exfoliator that’s part of our Supplement Series. Kale-Lalu-yAHA was one of our very first products launched, and since then, we’ve received a few commonly asked questions about it. We’ve decided to clear everything up right here so you can focus on the important stuff: feeding your skin just what it craves.
How do I pronounce Kale-Lalu-yAHA?
Exactly like hallelujah -- just replace the “ha” with “kale” and you’ve got it down.
Is Kale-Lalu-yAHA a toner? Can I use it as one?
No, no, no -- please don’t use Kale-Lalu-yAHA as a toner! Whereas toners can be used in the morning and twice a day, Kale-Lalu-yAHA should not be used in the morning or used twice a day. The combination of the sun & Kale-Lalu-yAHA will cause photosensitivity, and potential sun damage. Instead, save your AHAs for nighttime and make sure to always apply sunscreen the next morning (and reapply throughout the day, if needed!).
I want to use Kale-Lalu-yAHA correctly but I’m not sure how!
We recommend using Kale-Lalu-yAHA on your clean, dry skin directly after cleansing with or without a cotton pad. The product fully absorbs pretty quickly, so feel free to go straight into the next step of your routine!
I want to use both AHAs and BHAs! Can I do that?
That depends! Kale-Lalu-yAHA actually contains BHA Betaine Salicylate. As BHAs don’t cause photosensitivity like AHAs, you could alternate the nights when you use a BHA versus AHA, or even use your BHA in the morning! If you’re an active expert and your skin is used to using AHA, it might be able to get along with using a separate BHA and Kale-Lalu-yAHA together -- just listen to your skin.
I’ve got super sensitive skin. Can I still use Kale-Lalu-yAHA?
You definitely can -- just be careful about it and listen to your skin. Containing only 5.25% glycolic acid, it’s a relatively gentle exfoliator. If you have sensitive skin, we would recommend starting off using it once or twice a week and then building up from there. To minimize any potential irritation, you can mix it in with your favorite moisturizer!
Whether it’s once a week or every other day, it all comes back to giving your skin what it craves.
What ingredients, if any, should I avoid when using Kale-Lalu-yAHA?
There are no particular ingredients that should be avoided. You can use a wide range of supplemental products in conjunction with Kale-Lalu-yAHA, including those containing Vitamin C and Niacinamide.
However, do be cautious of over-exfoliating your skin, whether it’s with Kale-Lalu-yAHA or other exfoliating/skin resurfacing products (retinoids, scrubs, peels, etc). Signs you’re over-exfoliating can include redness, peeling/flaking, dry patches, and breakouts! Having that constant conversation with your skin is key to keeping it healthy.
If you’re curious about anything Kale-Lalu-yAHA and we didn’t cover it here, leave it down in the comments, DM us or reach out to us at hello@kravebeauty. For closer looks at all of our products, check out our Instagram story highlights!
Is it okay to use this on fungal acne?
Can I use Kale- Lalu-yAHA while using retinol? If so, can I use this product before applying on retinol or just on nights I don’t use retinol?