From Cleopatra to Marilyn Monroe, beauties through the ages have reputedly sworn by milk baths as the secret to smoother, softer skin. And it’s not just an old wives’ tale: sour milk is rich in lactic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates while improving skin tone and texture.
Fortunately, you don’t have to douse yourself in day-old milk to reap the benefits of lactic acid for your skin. Today’s lactic acid serums - like our
Read on to learn how to use lactic acid to get more even, radiant skin.
What Is Lactic Acid
Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that is naturally found in the skin as sodium lactate. While we usually think of AHA’s as powerful exfoliants (which they are), lactic acid is special in that its unique structure allows it to bind water within skin, making it an integral part of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor.
How Lactic Acid Benefits The Skin
When applied topically to the skin, lactic acid breaks down the proteins that bind skin cells together, increasing cell turnover while providing added hydration. This helps to improve the skin’s appearance in several important ways.
4 Key Benefits Of Lactic Acid For Skin
Reduces the look of aging. When concentrated to at least 5%, lactic acid can penetrate both the dermis and epidermis firm skin, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles May reduce acne. One benefit of lactic acid is that it may help oily and acne-prone skin by helping to reduce excess sebum, control acne-causing bacteria, unclog pores, reduce inflammation and helping acne medications penetrate better. Helps Skin Hold Moisture. Another benefit of lactic acid is that because of how it helps moisture bind to skin, the new skin it helps to uncover appears smoother and better hydrated. Improves The Look Of Dark Spots. Acne and sun exposure can cause areas of damaged, darkened skin. As lactic acid increases cell turnover, it helps newer, healthier skin cells replace the damaged ones more quickly to reveal brighter, more even-looking skin.
Lactic Acid vs. Glycolic Acid
Of course, lactic acid isn’t the only buzzy AHA on the block. Glycolic acid, is also a powerfully beneficial exfoliant. When choosing an AHA product that’s right for your skin, it’s important to understand the differences between lactic acid vs. glycolic acid.
Lactic acid molecules are larger than glycolic acid molecules, meaning it doesn’t penetrate as deeply into the skin. That makes lactic acid a better choice for people with sensitive skin, as its less likely to cause irritation or disrupt the skin’s moisture barrier. It also means less systemic absorption, making it safe to use during
Lastly, there’s lactic acid’s unique ability to bind moisture to skin. While glycolic acid can be moisturizing under certain circumstances, moisture binding is a magic trick it doesn’t perform automatically.
About Our Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum
Our science-backed lactic acid serum formula uses 10% vegan lactic acid to penetrate the dermis and deliver all of lactic acid’s benefits to the skin as deeply as possible without causing it to peel. But we didn’t stop there: we combined it with sugarcane-derived squalane for added hydration and clover extract to boost lactic acid’s exfoliating power by further encouraging cell turnover.
In clinical trials, 100% of participants reported that our
“I’m an esthetician, my skin tends to be more acne-prone and oily. I’ve tried multiple products and serums and this one was a game changer!” says Biossance customer, Malia. “It not only cleared my acne but it left my skin smoother and brighter. My skin has never been better and I get compliments all the time! My sister uses the same exact serum for anti-aging. We both recommend this product to everyone who’s looking for a great serum!”
How To Use Our Lactic Acid Serum
As the name suggests, our
This is why it’s crucial to use a gentle, SPF 30 sunscreen such as our
If you’d like to use multiple active ingredients, use them at different times or on alternate days to help prevent irritation. For example, you can use our
If you’re using a retinol product, alternate evenings between our lactic acid serum and retinol for maximum efficacy with minimal irritation, and make doubly sure to wear SPF.