Lactic acid – it’s not the first thing you think of when you think of hair products – but maybe it should be.
Lactic acid is a member of a cool collective of acids known as AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) which you can find on the label of almost every skin and hair care product. Why? Because they’re amazing.
It’s no secret that AHAs are good for you – almost every one of them has been proven to benefit your complexion and hair condition. Fun fact: Cleopatra herself used lactic acid in the form of a soured milk bath as part of her beauty routine.
Nowadays, we use a carbohydrate extract for the lactic acid we put in our products but we’re glad that one of the most stunning women in history agrees with our love for this miracle beauty ingredient.
Lactic acid has so many benefits for your skin, ranging from hydration to skin renewal. In fact, there’s so many that we made a list:
- It helps to kill bad bacteria in your skin, reducing the risk of infections, such as acne.
- It helps to hydrate and moisturise your skin to prevent dryness and irritation.
- It helps to exfoliate your skin.
- It increases cell turnover which helps new younger skin to form.
- It helps your skin to stay at its optimal pH levels.
- It is the gentlest of AHAs, which makes it suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
Yes, lactic acid is wonderful but you might be wondering how all of this benefits your hair.
Think of your hair as being like your own private garden and your skin as the earth. In order for your garden to grow optimally, you need the earth beneath it to be just right. Your skin needs a perfect pH level, good amounts of hydration, continual renewal and exclusion from bad bacteria in order for your hair to thrive.
Lactic acid (above all other AHAs) is the perfect ingredient to keep your skin and therefore your hair, in beautiful condition. Its title as the gentlest AHA, combined with its exfoliating and anti-bacterial properties, makes it the ‘goldilocks’ answer for all skin and hair types.
That’s why we’ve included lactic acid as a key ingredient to our entire haircare range. Its soothing effects in our Soothing Cleansing Cream, protective properties in our Scalp and Hair Serum and its rebalancing action in our Care Mask, make lactic acid your hair’s new best friend.
To keep both your hair and your skin happy take a look at our products and find room to fit some lactic acid in your life!