Our hands are often one part of the body that is always forgotten about when it comes to skincare products. We spend time, effort, and money ensuring our faces have layers of serums and protected with a daily SPF. When it comes to our hands however, a quick dollop of moisturiser every now and then seems to be the answer.
But today we plan to share with you are best tips and help you avoid neglecting your hands even further. This also leads us to the question we have seen recently which is, can I use lactic acid peel on my hands too? Well, wait no more, as we will explore this further and by the end of today’s blog post we will have a better understanding of using lactic acid on your hands.
What is lactic acid?
- Derived from soured milk with lactic acid is one of the gentlest members of the AHA family.
- Suitable for all skin types to use and can be found in professional treatments such as peels, and facials.
- Due to its molecular size being very large, it is unable to penetrate too far into the lower layers of the skin. This makes the acid a favourite amongst those with dry skin type that is prone to redness and sensitivity.
- It can slough away the build-up of dead skin cells on the skin surface which if left can result in a breakout of acne and blemishes.
- Combats signs of ageing by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Helps to revive dull and lack lustre complexion.
- Contains humectant properties meaning it can draw water from the air surrounding the skin and locking it into place.
- Lactic acid is known for its ability to work effectively on its own and when teamed with other actives.
- If you wanted to find out more about lactic acid and how it benefits the skin, check out our dedicated blog post.
Now you have had a little refresher of lactic acid and how it works for the skin, you may be wondering how it can benefit your hands, and whether you should use it in the first place.
As we age our hands will lose fat and elasticity this will lead to the skin becoming translucent, sometimes grey looking, and develop a crepey-like appearance with dark spots, and wrinkles on the surface of the skin. This is common and somewhat inevitable but there are some methods you can adopt into your daily routine to reverse some damage and prevent any further from ageing the hands. Here are some of the most popular ways of ensuring your hands remain looking youthful.
- Moisturise- when your hands become dry, you’ll find they look worse. Keeping them moisturised will help feel more comfortable and will reduce any dryness or flaky patches of skin.
- Exfoliate- by exfoliating your hands you’ll find you are able to target any dark spots that can developed on the skin and reduce their pigmentation. Exfoliating is also another way of keeping the dry patches of skin to a minimum.
- Apply an SPF- our hands are one of the first areas of our body that show the sign of ageing first. Using a hand cream that is enriched in an SPF of 30 and above will protect the skin from overexposure to the harmful UV rays.
Can you put lactic acid on hands?
Yes, absolutely you can put lactic acid on your hands. If you wish to tackle signs of hyperpigmentation or rough skin, the gentle chemical exfoliation of lactic acid will slough away dead skin cells and reduce the pigmentation of dark spots.
You can find lactic acid in an array of formulas that are available over the counter and blended into medical grade formulas.
You may find that the most suitable way of benefiting from lactic acid when it’s applied to your hands is using it in the evening. This is because there is limited exposure to free radicals, such as pollution, UV rays, and other environmental aggressors, therefore lactic acid can work undisturbed and deliver rapid results.
Can you burn your skin with lactic acid?
Yes, you can burn your skin with lactic acid. As surprising as that may be, due to the popular chemical acid gaining a reputation for being one of the gentlest AHAs. But it is important to ensure you don’t forget that lactic acid is still an exfoliating acid and if used incorrectly can result in itching, burning, redness, and rashes.
If you are unsure about introducing lactic acid into your routine, consult with a doctor or dermatologist to find the most suitable product to suit you and your skin needs.
Do I need to wash off lactic acid?
This is very much dependant on the product formulation. Lactic acid is used in several products, from face washes, toners, serums, and moisturisers. These all have different consistencies and are applied to the skin in different ways. The beauty of lactic acid, especially if it formulated into an over-the-counter skincare product, is the fact that you can either rinse it off the skin or leave it on overnight. The latter may require you to build a tolerance first especially if you have an overly sensitive skin type. To ensure you avoid unwanted irritation, try performing a patch test for 24 hours. You can do this by applying a 10 pence size amount on the inside of your forearm and leave it overnight. Once the morning arrives, check to see if this area of skin looks irritated, feels itchy, or has redness, these are a clear indication this product is not suitable for your skin.
There you have a little more information about lactic acid and whether you can use the acid peel on your hands. Don’t forget, as I have already mentioned, consult with a doctor to guarantee you’ll avoid using unsuitable products for your skin. If you have any further questions you can also come and find us on Instagram.