Right up there on my personal list of favorite skincare ingredients is one of the alpha hydroxy acids(AHAs):lactic acid. Not only do I enjoy using it in my personal skincare routine, I also like to use it on clients. For various reasons.
It’s quite an allrounder: it gently exfoliates, it’s helpful with hydrating the skin, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. It generally also is very helpful in treating sun damage, dryness, hyperpigmentation and acne. Lactic acid is gentle yet effective enough to work on almost every skin type (unless you’re super sensitive or allergic). It’s simply amazing stuff!
This series is going to feature my favorite skincare ingredients. I will summarize the pros and cons, why I like this particular ingredient, what it’s used for and whose skin it’s suited for. Each blog post will also give you a selection of products at different price points.
There are only very few ingredients used in the cosmetics industry that can truly live up to their claims. One of them is retinol, simply speaking a form of vitamin A. Often times the other forms of vitamin A (like retinoids) are used interchangeably. What you as a consumer, mainly need to know is that retinol is available in over-the-counter products (OTC), whereas retinoids or Renova and Retin-A (or their main ingredient Tretinoin) etc., are a lot more potent and therefore prescribed by physicians only.