What is Menthyl Lactate?

Menthyl Lactate is the synthesis of menthol and lactic acid and it has a variety of uses, most prominently as a soothing, cooling agent for skin. This minty-smelling compound has been used as an insect repellent and the food industry prizes this ingredient for its strong flavor.


Benefits of Menthyl Lactate 

  1. Menthyl Lactate is an instant refresher. On skin, it leaves behind a refreshing, cooling sensation.
  2. This ingredient has a pleasant, soothing minty scent. Add it to your morning routine for an instant wake up.
  3. Like menthol, Menthyl Lactate offers mild relief against itching and irritation.


Dermatological Tips

  1. Menthyl Lactate is best used in the morning for a refreshing pick-me-up.
  2. Look for this ingredient in after-sun products to help cool a sunburn.
  3. This is a must-have ingredient in scrubs and other mechanical exfoliants because it soothes the skin as you scrub.


Other Ingredients to Consider

  1. Menthol provides the same cooling effect as Menthyl Lactate, but it must be used with care on skin because menthol can be very irritating.
  2. Camphor is another ingredient that provides a cooling sensation, but it can also irritate skin.


Products Containing This Ingredient 

  1. Tiege Hanley Exfoliating Scrub
  2. Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser
  3. Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser