Dry skin is the most common complaint we hear when doing our facial intakes. Being in the mountains at 7500 ft above sea level is definitely a contributing factor to this. Our dry, arid climate zaps skin of moisture quickly, and in combination with having less atmosphere at a high altitude to filter the sun’s UV radiation, it’s a recipe for dry skin that is prone to sun damage and premature aging.
While our facials at Reverie are always customized to whatever is going on with our clients’ skin, we are definitely fond of Lactic Acid for a variety of skin issues. You may have heard of AHA’s or Alpha Hydroxy Acids - the term has been rampant in advertising for the better part of this decade. AHA’s are water-soluble acids derived from a variety of sources, most often from sugar cane, milk, almonds, wild cherries, and citrus. Lactic acid comes from sour milk. You may have heard that Cleopatra was famous for soaking in milk baths. She did this because milk contains lactic acid, which is both an exfoliator and hydrator for the skin, and improves skin’s texture and moisture content.