If you have been made to believe that all chemicals are bad for your skin, we are here to burst that unsubstantiated myth right away for you, with this post. Enunciating it loud and clear, ‘All chemicals are not harmful to our facial skin.’ LACTIC ACID is one of the prime examples of the incredible benefits some of the chemicals can actually bring about in our skin quality and texture.
India is a country where our mothers and grandmothers would often advocate and popularize the use of home ingredients for our skincare. Applying Curd, Gram Flour (besan), Fuller’s Earth (Multani mitti) packs on the face and neck have been quite a commonplace sight in Indian households. It isn’t an experience unheard of to spot a woman at your home roaming around with her face all covered up with a thick layer of yellow besan. And they just go about adding a pinch of turmeric to it, dramatizing the whole yellow effect to another level. Though gram flour (besan) does good service in enhancing the overall glow of the skin, the same cannot be said for all the random kitchen ingredients that we put on our face.
In today’s times, when there is such in-depth research being done on skincare and hair care, and experts decoding the exact science behind taking care of our natural beauty and health, relying on just hearsays and ungrounded tittle-tattle is not a very wise idea. There is a concrete and validated SCIENCE behind addressing each skin type and skin concern and we at Ozone strongly advocate adhering to the principles as laid down by the skin experts. Good advice and suggestions are always welcome, but when it comes to taking care of one’s demeanor, and something as outwardly visible and indispensable to our well-being as our appearance, sticking to a professional discourse is the best bet.
SOME OF THE CHEMICALS ARE ACTUALLY GOOD FOR THE SKIN
Through the years, we have been conditioned to believe that the word ‘CHEMICALS’ and ‘SKINCARE’ do not go hand-in-hand. The moment, a skincare product mentions the vetoed word ‘chemical on its ingredients label, we have our eyebrows raised and a stream of distrust just shudders itself through our heart and mind. Bursting the fallacy, some of the chemicals are actually great for enhancing our skin and if taken in prescribed formulations can bring about wondrous changes. To name a few, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Retinoic acid, Glycolic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid and AHA’s (Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids). A lot of these are strong antioxidants and contrary to popular belief do great service to sensitive and acne-prone skin types.
HOW IS LACTIC ACID GOOD FOR SKIN?
If you have sensitive skin, that gets red and irritated at the mere mention of touch, you have come to the right place; Lactic Acid is your saviour. It is a gentler form of the much glorified AHA’s (Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids) that are well revered for effective exfoliation, reversing signs of skin aging, dryness, and dullness and improving overall skin texture and elasticity.
‘Lactic Acid’ is primarily used as an ingredient in cleansers and exfoliators for sensitive and acne-prone skin. Known to gently take off the dead skin cells of the epidermis layer, lactic acid is very caressing and lenient on the skin. No matter how sensitive or itchy your skin might be, it would not show any signs of soreness, redness, or irritability. Lactic Acid is therefore included in a lot of products that take care of skin allergies as well.
Just like its sister counterpart Glycolic Acid, LACTIC Acid is also known to do away with fine lines and wrinkles, but in a far more soother and calming way. It works effectively on enhancing elasticity, adding much-needed suppleness and bounce to the skin while tuning the dead skin cells off the system.
So for those with a highly delicate and kid-glove-bearing skin condition, Lactic Acid is that magical ingredient that you should totally look out for in your skincare products.
WHERE TO FIND LACTIC ACID FOR OUR BODY – Unveiling the sources
Delving further, Lactic Acid can be derived from both plant and animal products. It is elementarily nothing but a chemical byproduct of anaerobic respiration (the process by which cells produce energy without the support of oxygen). Though our body majorly engages in aerobic respiration, at times, when it needs quicker production of energy (in times of higher physical exertion), it switches to the anaerobic mode of respiration. It is at this time that Lactic Acid is introduced into our body and thirsted to the muscles for more power and energy.
Even Red Blood cells in our body that are only capable of anaerobic reproduction (due to the absence of mitochondria) are responsible for the production of Lactic Acid in the bloodstream as they move around freely in our body.
Intake of certain food items such as curd also contribute to being the external factors that aid in supplying our body with essential amounts of Lactic Acid. Curd actually consists of certain helpful bacteria that respire anaerobically and help in improving our gut and digestion. So, it would now be quite safe to claim that Lactic Acid is one such acid that is actually quite good for our system, both internally as well as for the topical application.
PRODUCTS THAT OFFER LACTIC ACID IN ITS INGREDIENT LIST
At OZONE, we firmly advocate the well-corroborated postulation of turning to science for adding life to our beauty and enriching our skincare regimes. Our team of skin experts understands the unending benefits of Lactic Acid for sensitive skin and hence, the ingredient finds a place in a lot of our skincare products specifically designed for sensitive and acne-prone skin types. We take pride in the following formulations amidst others that contain lactic acid and would love to suggest their inclusion in your daily skincare regime.
1. GLO RADIANCE DE-TAN CLEANSER – Instant Gratification is the honor of this dual- action cleanser. Lactic acid, Shea Butter and fine-tuned pieces of cucumber penetrate the skin, waging off their war against the stubborn, deep embedded tan, accumulated over prolonged periods of time. Skin is purified, refreshed, and offloaded with all the impurities and tan, illuminating with a newfound natural radiance and glow.
2. D-TAN FACE WASH – Constant exposure to the sun can really take away from the natural complexion of our skin and diminish its luster. This face wash induced with the soothing attributes of Aloe Barbadensis extract and Cucumber gently clarifies skin while herbs like Licorice and Green Tea are efficacious in removing stubborn tan. The dead skin is effectively removed by LACTIC ACID, and the natural oils of the skin are put intact.With regular use, there is a pearly shine to the skin as all the dampening effects of the tan are done away with. Skin radiates in all its glory and youthfulness. The face wash is free from any sulfates, parabens, artificial colours and silicones. We wonder, what’s not to love!
1. D-TAN FACE PACK – A replenishing Face Pack that works on reinvigorating the dead and damaged skin cells affected by prolonged exposure to sun rays. Bursting with the energizing and replenishing properties of Aloe Vera and Cucumber, the face pack casts its magic spell on the deeper layers while Shea Butter deeply nourishes the skin for a soft, supple and more glowing appearance. Its skin-renewing brightening formula reduces tan and effectively works on treating uneven skin tone caused by sun damage to give your skin a brighter and radiant look. The pack holds absolute freedom from parabens, sulfates, silicones, petrolatum and artificial colours.