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Why Do Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) Make Your Skin Glow?

If you want to be savvy about your skin care, we have a buzz ingredient for you: alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs. These skin care saviors are a group of natural acids and chemical exfoliants which, when introduced to your regular skin care routine, give you that coveted, glowy complexion (WebMD). The most gentle alpha hydroxy acid in skin care, lactic acid, is a key ingredient in the new Eminence Organics Mangosteen Collection and our proprietary Lactic Acid Complex, formulated to reveal your best, most luminous skin. Not on your radar yet? Here’s how these acids work and why they’ll uncover your inner radiance:

Diagram of what Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) can do for your skin

1. Removes dead skin cells

Lactic acid resurfaces the skin by breaking down the “glue” that binds together the dead layer on top of the skin. The acid dissolves away dead skin cells, promoting a brighter complexion. You can experience the results of lactic acid with Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel 10% at an authorized Eminence spa. This professional peel removes surface buildup with immediate results and no downtime - even for sensitive skin. Another great product to gently resurface and refine pores to refresh the skin’s natural appearance, is our Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate. The mangosteen in this leave-on concentrate promotes radiance while the Lactic Acid Complex removes and prevents buildup.

2. Reveals fresh new cells

By clearing away the dead skin cell layer, lactic acid reveals fresh young skin cells underneath. With new skin cells coming to the surface, you’ll boost the wattage for your complexion and restore your luminosity. Feel the effectiveness of lactic acid with Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser which removes the superficial surface of the skin without overstripping, leaving it soft and smooth.

3. Brightens skin

Exfoliation can revive your skin, taking it from dull and tired to glowing and healthy. With lactic acid sweeping away your dead skin cells, you’ll find your complexion looks visibly brighter and your skin tone appears even. In fact, after 30 days of using our Mangosteen Collection, 90% of the participants surveyed agreed that their skin looks radiant. Our Mangosteen Body Lotion brightens the look of skin from head to toe!

4. Exfoliates gently

Safe for all skin types, lactic acid is the most gentle of all the alpha hydroxy acids, yet works effectively on your complexion. Although lactic acid is often derived from milk, the acid in our Mangosteen Collection is actually sourced from plant sugars, and every product in this collection is vegan.

5. Helps skin retain moisture

Not only do alpha hydroxy acids hydrate the skin, some dermatologists also believe that alpha hydroxy acids enhance the skin’s moisture-retaining ability, so the tissue maintains its soft, padded firmness (Reader’s Digest). Out of all the alpha hydroxy acids, lactic acid is the most hydrating. Treat your hands to mangosteen bliss with this luxurious Mangosteen Replenishing Hand Cream. With each application, this silky formula gently resurfaces to reveal soft, youthful-looking skin and provides long-lasting hydration.

6. Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles

Not only does lactic acid improve radiance and moisture, this skin care superhero also reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. By resurfacing the complexion and smoothing out skin tone, your face will look revitalized and your skin texture, refined.

Are you using alpha hydroxy acids or lactic acids in your skin care routine? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.