Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which exfoliates the skin. This product from the Ordinary also contains hyaluronic acid which is an excellent skin hydrator. It costs £5.50 for 30ml and comes in a glass bottle with a pipette applicator.
The first thing I noticed about this product is that I didn’t like the smell, but upon reading the Ordinary’s website apparently this has been changed due to customer feedback so in newer bottles there shouldn’t be this scent. That’s good to see because the smell really put me off using it.
However, even with the unpleasant smell removed, I wouldn’t buy this again. Despite using up this whole bottle, I didn’t really notice any difference or change in my skin. I wanted to try this product as I liked the idea of having an exfoliator and hyaluronic acid in one product so I could reduce the number of steps in my skincare routine. Unfortunately, it didn’t give me enough exfoliation or enough hydration.
There is the option of a Lactic Acid 10% + HA if you wanted to try a stronger formula. For me though, I have discovered I prefer glycolic acid, which is a stronger AHA. There are some useful comparisons of lactic acid and glycolic acid online, such as this one by Beautiful with Brains. In a nut shell, lactic acid is better suited for extremely sensitive and/or very dry skin whereas glycolic is better for pretty much everything else as it can penetrate skin better.
This wasn’t the right product for me, however, if you have very sensitive or very dry skin a lactic acid serum may be right for you. Also, if you’re just starting out with trying AHA’s, then lactic acid is the most gentle one to begin with and you will likely see results! As I have been using glycolic acid for quite a few years now, it was unlikely I would get the results I’m used to from this product.
Love Nicole xxxx