Lactic acid is a colourless natural substance, derived from sour milk. It was discovered over 200 years ago in fermented milk. Is an alpha hydroxy acid and widely used in skincare. Our bodies produce this acid in every day activities such as walking, running, climbing stairs, etc. If you have ever experienced painful muscles after physical activity is due to this acid. It is present in all the major organs, blood, hair and skin.
It can be naturally found in foods such as:
It has many uses in:
It can also be found in cosmetics such as:
Lactic acid is used in many skin care formulations because is a great humectant and helps the skin to retain water. Other benefits include:
1. Intense hydrating properties
2. Helps with photo-aging and sun damage skin
3. Acts as an exfoliator to the skin, leaving it softer and rejuvenated
4. Stimulates collagen production
5. Acts as an antibacterial agent
6. Acts as an astringent
7. Is used for skin problems such as acne, impurities, oily skin, breakouts ...
It triggers the formation of collagen and elastin. The skin looks firmer, hydrated and more luminous. Is milder than glycolic acid peels and recommended for all skin types but especially for dry skin.
If you want to try these peels at home start with one that is mild like 10% and see how your skin reacts. Read and follow the instructions and use sunscreen during the day, even if you just go out for a few minutes.
The use of acid peels at home can have negative reactions on your skin if you don't know what you are doing. For that motive, make sure that you follow the product guidelines and always be extra-careful when handling acid peels. Avoid lactic acid peels if you have sensitive skin unless recommended by your dermatologist.
Lactic skin peels are used by dermatologists in higher concentrations, so if you decide to go to a professional just make sure you ask all the related questions and that you choose an experienced and qualified practitioner.
For a selection of lactic peels with different levels of strength click here.
If you suffer from oily skin and breakouts Lavo Face Cleanser with lactic, glycolic & salicylic acids will help you eliminate clogged pores, blackheads & blemishes. With continued use will also help to reduce oily skin.
1. Orange + Cheese
Grate an orange and leave the peel to dry.
Add creamy cheese until the mixture is consistent.
Mix well and apply over the skin.
Leave 15 minutes & remove with warm water.
Use twice per week.
2. Oat Flour + Cottage Cheese + Tomato Juice
Mix 2 spoons of oat flour with 3 spoons of cottage cheese.
Add 1 spoon of tomato juice.
Mix well making sure the mixture is consistent.
Apply over the skin for 20 minutes.
Rinse off using lukewarm water.
Use up to 3 times per week.
3. Yogurt + Cucumber + Lemon
Mix 2 spoons of cucumber juice with 4 spoons natural yogurt
Add 1 spoon of lemon juice and mix well.
Apply over the skin for 15 minutes.
Remove with a cloth and warm water.
Use twice per week for best results.
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