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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 buzzed-about ingredient that you’ll want to know about: 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 highly coveted, glowing complexion. AHAs not on your radar yet? Here’s how one AHA, lactic acid, works and why it will uncover your inner radiance:

What Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) can do for your skin

1. Removes Dead Skin Cells

The most gentle alpha hydroxy acid in skin care, lactic acid resurfaces the skin by breaking down the “glue” that binds together the dead layer and debris at the outermost layer of the skin. The acid dissolves away dead skin cells, promoting a brighter complexion. Lactic acid is a key ingredient in our Mangosteen Collection, which features our proprietary Lactic Acid Complex. This complex is formulated to reveal your best, most luminous skin. 

You can experience the results of lactic acid with our 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. Or, if you want to go for the glow at home, try our Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate, another great product for gently resurfacing and refining pores. The mangosteen in this leave-on concentrate promotes radiance while the Lactic Acid Complex removes and prevents buildup, refreshing the skin’s natural appearance.

2. Reveals New Skin Cells

By clearing away the dead skin cell layer, lactic acid reveals the 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. Add the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser as another step for removing the superficial layer of impurities and dead skin without overstripping, leaving the complexion 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 appearing more even. In fact, after 30 days of using our Mangosteen Collection, 90% of the participants surveyed agreed that their skin looks radiant. Plus — don't forget your glow up doesn't have to stop at the neck. Our Mangosteen Body Lotion brightens the look of skin from head to toe!

4. Exfoliates Gently For All Skin Types & Concerns

Lactic acid is the most gentle of all the AHAs and safe for all skin types and skin concerns. Our lactic acid ingredient is even perfect for people with sensitivity to animal products. Although lactic acid is often derived from milk, the acid in our Mangosteen Collection is actually sourced from plant sugars, making every product in this collection vegan.


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5. Helps Skin Retain Hydration & Moisture

Out of all the AHAs, lactic acid is the most hydrating. And not only do alpha hydroxy acids hydrate the skin in the short term, dermatologists also believe that these acids enhance the skin’s moisture-retaining ability so the tissue maintains its soft, padded firmness. You can soak up this extra hydration and moisture thanks to the lactic acid ingredient in our luxurious Mangosteen Replenishing Hand Cream. With each application, this silky formula gently resurfaces hands 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 retention, this skin care superhero also reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. By resurfacing the complexion and evening out skin tone, your face will look revitalized and your skin texture refined.

The lactic acid-powered Mangosteen Gel Moisturizer won the Allure 2021 Best of Beauty: Clean Beauty Product category for a reason! If you’re afraid of clogging your pores, this non-comedogenic formula has a lightweight consistency to minimize the look of environmental stress, all while its lactic acid ingredient promotes a natural radiance and glow.

You can learn more about reviving dull skin in this full guide and let us know your results in the comments or on social media.

This article was originally written in March 2018.


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