If you truly want Beautiful and HEALTHY skin, it is important to understand how the skins pH plays a part.

What is pH?

-pH measures the acidity and alkalinity in our system.

-The pH scale ranges from 0-14, 0 being most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline.

-A balanced pH is about 7.

The skin’s pH is balanced when it is slightly acidic, ranging between 4.5 and 6. The superficial layer of the epidermis is topped with something called the acid mantle, which is responsible to keep bacteria out of the skin’s epidermis and regulate oils and moisture levels. The acidic nature of this barrier prevents bacteria from surviving on the surface of the skin, keeping you protected from external environmental factors. We are definitely at a disadvantage living in NYC with all the environmental factors that our skin is exposed to daily. Therefore it is important we use the proper topicals to protect and balance.

 

Too much acid in the body causes inflammation and leaves the body vulnerable. Whatever is going on in your body, will reflect in your skin. If we are eating a diet high in junk or fried food without incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables, you are going to experience skin problems. Dairy and processed foods are acid forming in the system. So someone who is acne prone, eating acid forming foods will trigger a breakout. The same goes for the application of products. Applying ingredients to the skin that are too alkaline, like soap, depletes the acid mantle. On the other hand, acidic ingredients like AHA’s or BHA’s will also throw pH off balance and will deplete the acid mantle. So balance is “key”.

 

It is generally recommended to keep most of your skincare products pH neutral and to use acidic exfoliating cleansers and exfoliants in moderation. Dropping the pH with an acidic product is beneficial because it will spur the skin into action. Using an active ingredient is like taking your skin to the gym. So after your skin’s “workout”, you should take time to rest the skin. This means balancing with products that have a neutral or close to neutral pH.

So when looking for the right products for your skin, learning the pH and ingredients is incredibly important. It will help you further understand what your skin is going through while applying these products with different pH’s. You will be able to understand whether your skin is working or resting as well as control what you feel your skin needs at that moment and time. Knowledge is power!

So some important questions to ask your skin care therapist who is recommending products to you is “What is the pH of each product, how to use, and how often?”

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