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Lactic Acid: Ingredient Decoder

Pop quiz: What do your muscles, sour milk, and pickles have in common? Answer: they’re all sources of lactic acid. As you may know, your body makes lactic acid as your muscles burn energy during grueling gym workouts, and it’s also a product of food fermentation. This naturally occurring ingredient might be the last thing you think to put on your skin, but think again. Lactic acid is actually a great dual exfoliator and moisturizer, and rumor has it that Cleopatra liked to bathe in sour milk to keep her complexion smooth. But before you run to check the expiration date on your gallon of 2%, take a minute to learn how lactic acid really works. Read on to find out how to incorporate lactic acid into your skincare regime!

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Gift-a-Day 15: Wholesome Aunt

Every day from now until December 31st, we’ll be posting a daily gift suggestion. It’s like an advent calendar, minus the ugly graphics.

For Wholesome Aunt: Naturopathica Pear Fig Enzyme Peel

You will always be in awe of your aunt for her glorious backyard herb garden and her ethereally flaky pie crusts. You’ll never rival her baking skills, but you can give her a few beauty lessons. Introduce her to the importance of exfoliating with Naturopathica’s Pear Fig Enzyme Peel. She’ll love the natural, holistic formula — especially how quickly it works. In just five minutes she’ll have glowy, healthy skin and can go back to planting heirloom tomatoes.