When it comes to skincare, I am all about the acids. Acids DO stuff. Like make your skin glow, lighten pigment marks, target fine lines, and help keep acne at bay. Introducing an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) into your skincare regimen is one of the best things you can do to start getting legit results.
My favourite AHA, which is in Miracle 10's AHA Cream, is lactic acid. Think of it as a kinder, gentler version of glycolic acid. They both loosen the dead cells that cling to the skin's surface, but lactic acid doesn't penetrate quite as deeply—meaning it doesn't cause as much irritation. Plus, lactic acid is a humectant (moisturizing agent) similar to glycerin, so it attracts water into the skin. That means it actually hydrates at the same time as it exfoliates! Told you it was game-changing.
Weirdly (because it is so awesome), lactic acid is super-hard to find in skincare products. I've never seen anything like the Miracle 10 AHA Cream, which contains six percent lactic acid plus vitamin E and hyaluronic acid—all amazing ingredients for skin. Here's the full list:
Aqua, Caprilyic/capric triglyceride, Glycerin, Lactic acid, Cetearyl alcohol, Sodium lactate, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic acid, C12-15 Alkyl benzoate, Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Tocopheryl acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylgycerin, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Dipentaerythrityl hexacaprylate/hexacaprate, Tridecyl trimellitate, Tridecyl stearate, Neopentyl glycol dicaprate/dicaprylate, Magnesium aluminum silicate, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Xanthan gum, Disodium EDTA, Ammonium lactate, Arginine, Chloesterol.
Basically, this stuff looks and feels like a luxe moisturizer, but it's definitely "active"—I feel mild tingles on my skin after I apply it, so I know it's working. It's best used in place of moisturizer in the evening, left on the skin overnight to do its thing. Because AHAs can increase sun sensitivity, you do need to make sure you're wearing SPF in the mornings. (But I know you do that anyway, right?)
I'm on my second jar of AHA Cream now, and love how it prevents dullness and speeds fading of old pigment marks, all while keeping my skin hydrated—I get none of the redness and flakiness that I can get from glycolic acid. If you ask me, this is the ultimate AHA product for dry or sensitive skin, and a most excellent way to exfoliate during harsh winter weather.
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