Anyone who’s into beauty will definitely know — and have probably tried — Sunday Riley‘s cult product, Good Genes. If you’re not clued in on what exactly it is, it’s a lactic acid treatment meant to exfoliate, unclog pores and hydrate all in one. But besides the popular product that flew off Sephora counters once it was available, there are many lactic acid-infused skincare products that serve the same purpose.
Though, before you head over to your nearest beauty store, it’s important to know what exactly lactic acid does.
According to Dr. Lum Yang Xi of IDS Clinic, lactic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (better known as AHA), which is a chemical exfoliant. Not only is it found in milk and yoghurt, but our body, too, does naturally produce it.
Similar to all types of AHAs, lactic acid helps to slough away dead skin cells, stimulate cell turnover on the surface of the skin, treat pigmentation and uneven skin tone as well as improve skin texture. Besides its exfoliating quality, it also has moisturising benefits. Bonus: it is also one of the gentler types of chemical exfoliants. However, do be aware of the concentration used in a product — if your skin tends to be a little more reactive, opt for products with a lower concentration of lactic acid.
Here are eight products you can incorporate into your skincare regime — besides Good Genes.