Skincare Saturday: What does Lactic Acid do and why should you care?
by Chinelo And NdidiMarch 02, 2019
Lactic Acid is a skincare ingredient that exfoliates and one of the most popular Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). It is naturally occurring and found primarily in milk. it may very well be the reason milk is considered the fountain of youth. Cleopatra supposedly bathed in milk and was known to have beautiful skin.
Lactic acid exfoliates by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells thereby shedding them. Because of its large molecules, it does not penetrate deeply and is gentler than some of the other AHAs with smaller molecules. So, most of its sloughing is surface level, helping to firm and smooth the skin. It is also called The Polisher for this reason.
When used correctly as part of a weekly routine, lactic acid has a lot of great benefits! The exfoliation process encourages collagen production and the renewal of skin cells which all help to reduce the signs of aging.
We recommend incorporating a lactic acid serum into your weekly routine. Consider using it for 3 consecutive days and then using other hydrating products for the remaining days or the week. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test first to determine how much your skin can tolerate. Exfoliating your skin makes it more susceptible to sun damage so we advise that you always apply an SPF of at least 30 during the daytime when you are using a lactic acid product.
As we develop more products, we will incorporate lactic acid in our line for sensitive skin because of the gentle nature of its action. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on our upcoming products