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Lactic Acid in Beauty Products

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Lactic acid is one of the world's oldest and most well-loved beauty ingredients. For centuries, women have been using milk's renewing, calming powers to improve their complexions. Moreover, every animal's milk contains lactic acid, which is suitable for the babies that drink it.

Additionally, it is good for women worldwide who want something that will both effectively moisturize the skin and promote renewed skin tone and improved texture. In fact, Cleopatra would bathe in milk to keep her skin hydrated and glowing. Considered one of the most beautiful women in history, there's no arguing with lactic acid's efficacy.

While lactic acid is found in milk, it is also common in yogurt. Therefore, powdered milk or plain yogurt makes great homemade masks.

Lactic Acid Natural Exfoliator in yogurt for homemade facial masks

Moisturizing Effects of Lactic Acid

Few ingredients in the natural world are as moisturizing as lactic acid. This acid penetrates even the deepest layers of skin, carrying the moisture the skin desperately needs.

Unlike other sources of moisture, lactic acid does not just deposit hydration. Instead, it helps to train skin cells to hold onto their moisture.

One of the leading causes behind both oily and dry skin is its inability to hold the moisture it needs. This usually results in one of two conditions, the first being that the face is always dry, as it has secreted all of its moisture.

Secondly, the skin is always too oily. This is because it can sense that it is not properly hydrated and compensates by producing too much oil.

Natural Exfoliation with Enzymes

Lactic Acid is a chocked-full of vital nutrients. Many times, the reason that scars do not go away is that the face lacks proper exfoliation. Over time, our complexions start to appear dull due to dead skin buildup. When we are young, dead skin is sloughed off naturally.

Lactic acid can aid the skin's exfoliation process by providing natural enzymes that remove dead skin cell buildup. As a result, healthy skin will appear, and your skin will glow again.

If you have sensitive skin or a known allergy to lactose, it is probably best to avoid lactic acid.

Renew your complexion with a mask revealing brighter, more youthful-looking skin!

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Kari Thomas wrote this article.

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