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Milk Does A Body Good?

October 6, 2011

New serum contains lactic acid to soothe skin.

The best-kept beauty secret is closer to home than you think.For years, natural foods found in the kitchen have been used to aid in skin care.Pantries and refrigerators seem to be packed with healing agents, from egg white facemask to tighten pores to lemon juice for your hair; from cucumbers for your eyes to honey for your skin.Women probably know and have used about most of them - except, perhaps, the one that's found in their dairy section at the local grocery store: milk (aka lactic acid). Part of the alpha hydroxy family, this key ingredient gives the term “milky complexion” a whole new meaning.

Trinity of Youth Skincare’s new BrilliantFx Body Serum ($39.99) contains a high percentage of lactic acid at an effective pH, according to the company. In addition, the product is specially formulated with the herbal ingredient arnica montana, commonly known as wolf’s bane or leopard’s bane, a European flowering plant containing an active secondary plant metabolite sesquiterpene lactones, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Flavanoids and essential oils theoretically act with the sesquiterpene lactones in Arnica montana to induce its therapeutic effects. The third distinctive key ingredient in the BrilliantFx Body Serum is vitamin E.

According to the company, BrilliantFx Body Serum is the first exfoliating and moisturizing body serum to introduce a skin-healing mixture of ingredients all in one bottle—lactic acid, Arnica montana, and vitamin E.

“It’s not always about discovering new manufactured ingredients or science heavy technology,” says Diane Zokle, co-founder of Trinity of Youth Skincare.“Time-tested ingredients tend to exceed expectations. For instance, it is said that queen Cleopatra of Egypt bathed in spoiled milk, naturally derived lactic acid, to preserve her beauty. The key to making these ingredients work optimally without irritation is using them in the recommended percentage by volume, at the right pH.An ingredient like lactic acid can be a very effective anti-aging agent and moisturizer if it is used in the right volume in a mixture.Because lactic acid has a lower pH than glycolic, its sister acid, it is highly tolerable for most of the population.”

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