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Tartaric Acid: How to use it?

Erasing blemishes, tightening enlarged pores, brightening the complexion, reducing brown spots... one of the ingredients capable of enhancing the appearance, texture and radiance of the skin is tartaric acid. But how can this active ingredient be incorporated into your skincare routine? Should it be applied in the evening or in the morning? And at what frequency?

What is tartaric acid?

Thetartaric acid is the common name for the 2,3-dihydroxybutanedioic acid. It is naturally present in a wide variety of plants. Tartaric acid is the main acid concentrated in wine, in its natural form. In the 18th century, it was first isolated from grapes by Carl Wilhem SCHEEL, a Swedish apothecary.

The uses of tartaric acid are diverse and varied: manufacturing of tablets for indigestion and headaches, food, gravimetric analysis and of course, dermo-cosmetics. Tartaric acid belongs to the family of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) just like the glycolic acid or the lactic acid. It has a brightening effect and enhances the skin's luminosity. It exerts an action on accelerating cell renewal as well as stimulating the synthesis of collagen and elastin.

In which instances should tartaric acid be used?

Most skin types can benefit from the use of a tartaric acid-based skincare product. It is particularly suitable for dry, normal, combination to oily skin, prone to imperfections (enlarged pores, spots, blackheads), dull, hyperpigmented, rough and mature skin. However, this active ingredient may not be suitable for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, tartaric acid-based skincare products are probably not for you. We strongly advise you to consult a dermatologist before trying one. Indeed, this active ingredient can cause allergic reactions as well as irritations.

Tartaric acid seamlessly integrates into formulas designed for combination to oily skin types as a sebum regulator, thus preventing new acne breakouts, pore blockages, and the formation of blackheads. For dry skin, this ingredient is recommended to increase skin hydration. Tartaric acid can even assist skin with high pigmentation (sun spots, melasma, acne marks), by making them less visible and evening out the skin tone.

It is also renowned for assisting skin that appears tired and dull to look more radiant, fresher, brighter, and younger. On mature skin, treatments containing tartaric acid are appreciated for their brightening properties, their tightening effect, and their ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Moreover, by removing the outer layer of dead cells and promoting cellular renewal, it facilitates the absorption of other skincare products into the skin.

Tartaric Acid, how to use it regularly?

There are several types of treatments containing tartaric acid in their composition (cream, serum, mask, shampoo, hair serum...). It is most often incorporated at concentrations between 1 and 10%, alone or in combination with other alpha-hydroxy acids. It has a pH between 3.5 and 4. The use of care products containing this active ingredient should be reasonable and limited.

  • It is advisable to use this active ingredient during the evening daily routine to minimise any risk of photosensitivity. Indeed, tartaric acid increases the skin's sensitivity to the sun, thus the risk of sunburn. We also recommend consistently applying a SPF cream every morning and to limit or even avoid prolonged sun exposure, as long as you are using a product containing tartaric acid and up to a week after its last application.

  • In the same vein, it is preferable to apply products containing tartaric acid in autumn/winter, rather than in the summer period. However, it is still possible to start or continue applying tartaric acid solutions during sunny spells (spring and summer), provided of course that it is combined with a minimum SPF30 sun protection and as much as possible, sun exposure is avoided.

  • The frequency of use depends on your skin type, skin tolerance level, as well as your needs and expectations. We advise you to start atspaced intervals, such as every other night or even every three nights, then increase the frequency after one to two weeks if your skin tolerates this active ingredient well. It is normal to temporarily feel a slight sensation of warmth, some tingling or a slight dryness of the skin during the first few days. If your skin is naturally dry or if you are applying a tartaric acid treatment for the first time, start with a treatment with a low concentration so that your skin can adjust (around 5%).

  • It is recommended to apply a tartaric acid treatment onlyonce a day, at most, in order to avoid all the side effects mentioned above.

  • For tartaric acid to function effectively on the skin, it is often combined with other acids such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, or mandelic acid. Therefore, it is not uncommon for several of these ingredients to be found in the same formulation. However, it is advised against pairing tartaric acid with another ingredient with a dermabrasive action like salicylic acid. Using two exfoliating treatments at the same time can affect the overall health of the skin. Therefore, it is important to check the composition of all treatments used during a beauty routine.

It should be noted that there are also hair care products containing tartaric acid, whose effect on the scalp is identical to that of tartaric acid on the skin. Therefore, the precautions for use are the same for hair products as they are for skin care treatments.

How to use our tartaric acid peeling mask?

The principle of our AHA + PHA peeling mask is straightforward. The treatment is to be spread over the face to form a mask. This mask hardens and "sticks" to the skin during a 10-minute application period that must be adhered to. This adherence to the skin allows the mask to work, as it is during this resting phase that the mask's ingredients take effect. The tartaric acid peeling mask thus undertakes to regulate the pH of the face, which results in:

  • To lighten the skin and enhance its brightness;

  • To regulate comedolytic activity;

  • To accelerate cellular renewal;

  • To stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin.

This mask is applied once or twice a week on clean and dry skin, only in the evening.

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