How to Make Creme With Alpha Hydroxy Acid

by Jaimie Zinski ; Updated September 28, 2017

Make your own AHA-enhanced lotion at home.

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Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is a compound that occurs in nature that is believed to have anti-aging benefits. When the skin is exposed to sunlight and other environmental conditions it comes in contact with free radicals, tiny molecules that can break down the skin cells, making skin appear less youthful. AHAs are believed to combat these free radicals and give the skin a healthy appearance. AHAs are found in fruits such as grapes in the form of tartaric acid and milk in the form of lactic acid. Both grapes and milk can be used to make creams that can smooth the skin.

Items you will need

  • 5 green grapes
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. castor oil
  • 1 tsp. orange juice
  • Food processor or blender
  • Airtight containers
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Medium saucepan
  • Stove

Homemade Grape Cream Lotion

Step 1

Place 5 green grapes, 1 tsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. castor oil and 1 tsp. orange juice in a blender or food processor.

Step 2

Blend the ingredients on low speed for 30 seconds, or until the grapes have been completely mashed and the ingredients have become smooth.

Step 3

Apply to the skin as needed. Refrigerate the lotion in an airtight container for up to four days.

Homemade Milk Cream Lotion

Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup honey into a medium saucepan. Milk from cows, goats and sheep can be used. Avoid soy or any other type of milk substitute as these do not contain lactose.

Step 2

Warm the ingredients in the saucepan over medium heat for five minutes or until the two ingredients are well blended.

Step 3

Allow the mixture to cool and pour into an airtight container.

Step 4

Apply the lotion as needed and refrigerate the honey and milk lotion for up to one week.


  • Use the honey and milk lotion to soothe a baby's dry skin.


  • AHAs can make your skin susceptible to sun damage.

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  • Container of milk. Plastic milk bottle image by L. Shat from

About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.