Ingredient Spotlight: Lactic Acid
By NewBeauty Editors |
Want soft, glowing skin? You've got to add lactic acid into your beauty routine! Here's what you need to know:
Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from milk. This family of natural exfoliants includes citric acid (found in lemon) and glycolic acid (derived from sugar). AHAs help to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and the effects of sun damage when applied topically, which is why they're included in many of our favorite anti-aging products.
Not only does lactic acid fight dull complexions by exfoliating the top layer of skin, it actually helps increase collagen production, which will minimize the appearance of pores. It can also even skin tone and eliminate age spots—all reasons you need lactic acid in your beauty products.
Unfortunately, lactic acid can also cause some dryness and irritation. That is why we recommend looking for a product that incorporates moisture-rich ingredients to soothe the skin. One of our favorites? Miracle10 AHA Cream, $64, miracle10.com.
This anti-aging exfoliator combines the power of lactic acid with the irritation-eliminating properties of vitamin E and soothing botanicals. It also adds moisture to the skin thanks to hyaluronic acid and is free of fragrances and other harsh ingredients like parabens. And, like other Mircacle10 products, you'll see noticeable results within 10 hours of using the AHA Cream, with improvement of discoloration and dullness within 10 days. Ten days to great skin? Sounds like a miracle to us! See it for yourself at miracle10.com.