How To Get Better Skin: Lactic Acid

How To Get Better Skin: Lactic Acid

Having good skin without relying on some form of acid is more challenging than booking an all-star SoulCycle instructor’s Saturday class.  Seriously.  While we rely on a bevy of acids to keep our visages in top shape, lactic acid is one we turn to time and time again.

While certainly powerful, this alpha hydroxyacids (AHA) is suitable for almost all skin types, even dry or dehydrated.  It works wonders at reducing breakouts while also keeping wrinkles and dark spots at bay, a.k.a #flawless.

Here are a few of our favorite lactic acid products to gently but effectively resurface:

Biologique Recherche P50 Balancing Exfoliator ($59): Described as our holy grail product here, our love affair with this acid toner has yet to waiver.  Our skin craves its powerful combination of onion extract, lactic acid, salicylic acid, burdock extract, and plankton, meaning we always keep a spare bottle at the ready.

Aesop Parsley Seed Exfoliator ($60): A basic and generic cleanser is exactly what our skin doesn’t need when covered in sweat, sunscreen, and smog (ew).  While it certainly doesn’t hurt that this looks lovely on our shower shelf, we appreciate this cleanser for deep-cleaning abilities, without stripping.

Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream ($30): Bumpy thighs from shaving should be the least of your worries during bikini season.  This lotion gently exfoliates while simultaneously hydrating, but the non-greasy formula makes it perfect for steamy temps.

Sunday Riley Good Genes ($105): No matter what genes your mama gave you, this coveted treatment plumps fine lines and brightens and smoothes even the most problematic or damaged skin. We’re obsessed.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads ($30): On nights when we’re using a stronger treatment like Good Genes, a milder toner feels more appropriate.  These pads are extremely gentle, but still get the job done.  Small but mighty.

Erno Laszlo Firmarine Lift Serum ($115): Hydrating in summer is tricky business.  While our skin still needs moisture, the thought of adding anything with weight to our face sounds downright awful.  Luckily, this water-like and refreshing serum moisturizes and firms while also gently detoxifying and exfoliating.  Ma-jor.

Do any of your favorite products have lactic acid? Let us know in the comments below!

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