What is Lactic Acid?
Lactic Acid is a Natural, Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
You may not normally think about it, but the odds are you have plenty of lactic acid just hanging out in your refrigerator and everyday foods! Lactic acid is naturally derived from various vegetables, fruits, and other plants. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and since AHA’s are derived from common foods, it is very safe to apply to your skin and incorporate into your self-care routine.
Why Should You Incorporate AHAs, Like Lactic Acid, into your Self-Care Routine?
Benefits of Lactic Acid
Lactic Acid Brightens and Hydrates
Lactic Acid is good for All Skin Types
Some hear “acid” and tend to stray away, but sensitive skin types don’t worry! Lactic acid, when used properly, is non-irritating even to sensitive skin types (yay!). Lactic acid is a non-friction, natural exfoliator that is great for increasing cell turnover and renewal, while removing dead cells. And since the lactic acid molecule is a larger molecule than other acids in the AHA group, it is great for sensitive skin types because it mainly provides a surface level treatment.
Lactic Acid Stimulates Collagen Renewal
When you hear collagen you may think of words like "plump" and "firm" and this is because collagen is a strength and structure protein found all over the body-in our bones, skin, muscles, etc. It makes up almost 30% of our body’s proteins, so incorporating a natural product into your skin and body care routine that promotes collagen renewal is so important. After age 25, our collagen production starts to decline, therefore incorporating lactic acid and stimulating your body's collagen renewal is essential to keeping your skin, all over your body, looking young, plump, and healthy!
How to Incorporate Lactic Acid into Body-Care Routine
Lactic Acid for the Body
Our feet take us everywhere, so we think they deserve a little TLC. Introducing a foot mask is an easy way to incorporate lactic acid into your body-care routine. Our Watermelon Peeling Foot Mask is packed full of natural fruit acids, sodium lactate (super moisturizer!), and lactic acid so it will moisturize and exfoliate from heel to toe. Kiss dry, cracked feet goodbye!
Lactic Acid for the Skin
When it comes to introducing lactic acid into your skincare routine, there are several options all dependent on what feels best for you. Whether it's a serum, mask, cleanser, or lactic acid peel, you and your skin will see and feel the benefits of lactic acid in no time.
Benefits of Lactic Acid
- Lactic acid increases your skin's water retention and improves the natural moisture in your skin.
- Lactic acid is a gentle exfoliator that removes dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, revealing a brighter complexion.
- Good for All Skin Types. Lactic acid molecules are larger and therefore provide a surface level treatment which is great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.
- Lactic acid is known to promote collagen renewal.