Why You Need to Balance Your Skin’s pH
Posted on October 01 2017
Did you know that your skin has a pH level? The skin barrier known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping moisture in, and blocking germs, pollutants, bacteria and chemicals out. When the acid mantle is intact, it allows the skin to heal and balance itself quite quickly
To maintain a healthy balance our skin needs to remain slightly acidic at about 5.5 pH level. If it gets too alkaline, we can develop very dry, red skin and even eczema. Low levels of acidity in our skin can also cause inflammation and breakouts.
If you have oily skin or regular breakouts, your skin is too acidic. Chronic dry skin and premature aging can mean your skin is too alkaline.
When skin has the proper pH balance, it is not too dry or too oily, it can better absorb antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients, and it can ward off acne.
Fortunately there is a solution – taking care of your skin the right way can help maintain the pH balance.
Simple tips on how to balance your skin’s pH for a glowing complexion:
- Eliminate cleansers and soaps that contain harsh detergents and foaming agents like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Focus on using oil cleansers that restore the skins moisture and balance its oil production at the same time.
- Avoid harsh exfoliating scrubs
- Use an alcohol-free toner
- Use lukewarm water to rinse your face
- Choose products that are rich in omegas, vitamins and antioxidants
- Read labels and avoid hidden chemicals that harm your skin
- Only use natural skin care products.
These preventative steps are necessary in balancing pH levels, protecting your acid mantle, and restoring your skins barrier to fight off unwanted bacteria from entering the top layer of your skin.
Does diet have an effect on skin pH?
Lifestyle has an effect on our pH, but what you eat doesn’t necessarily have a direct impact on your skin’s pH, since your body has a higher pH level than your skin does.
You should eat a healthy, well-balanced diet but don’t expect food to clear up your skin problems. Instead, focus on bringing skin pH into the ideal levels. The best way to test the pH of your skin is by looking in the mirror. Healthy, radiant skin with the proper pH has an even colour and tone, has very little to no redness, and no dry patches or flakes.
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