Lactic acid is a popular ingredient in many skin care products available today–for a good reason. This organic acid and chemical exfoliant is made from fermented lactose and provides many excellent benefits to the skin’s barrier. As part of the AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) family, lactic acid is a star skincare ingredient that can majorly improve the appearance of your client’s skin while boosting hydration levels and so much more.
Unlike other AHAs, like glycolic acid, that require gradual increases in dosage to prevent damaging the skin, lactic acid is a gentle exfoliant making it perfect for all skin types. With a larger molecular size, the acid penetrates the skin at a slower rate to prevent irritation and reduce redness. Its capacity to be effective yet gentle on the skin makes it the perfect add-in to skincare products like face washes, moisturizers, and toners such as those found in our Oasis Skin by PowerPeel® skincare line. By gently exfoliating the skin, lactic acid helps to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, encouraging cell turnover to promote a healthy, glowing complexion. Additionally, lactic acid works to unclog pores to clear up active breakouts and prevent them from occurring in the future.
Known for its ability to brighten the skin, lactic acid fades dark spots and hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melanin production to promote a more even skin tone. Lactic acid is also a natural humectant, which helps attract and retain moisture in the skin. If you have clients struggling to manage dry, dehydrated skin, encouraging them to use lactic acid on a regular basis can help strengthen their skin’s natural moisture barrier over time. By strengthening this barrier, lactic acid helps to prevent moisture loss to keep the skin looking and feeling hydrated in-between treatment visits. Lactic acid is also beneficial for clients as their skin begins to age. By working to stimulate collagen production, it can effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving the skin’s elasticity for a more youthful appearance.
Offering many great benefits for the skin, lactic acid is a versatile ingredient that nearly every skincare lover can incorporate into their daily routine. If your clients are looking for an effective and gentle product to enhance their skincare journey, suggest they consider adding products with lactic acid found in Oasis Skin by PowerPeel® Foaming Cleanser, Balancing Toner, Deep Moisturizer, and Sheer Moisturizer, to their skincare regimen.