Though I've probably been doing all the research in the world when it comes to health and wellness, I never thought about my own PH-levels and how it can affect my skin and health.
I've been doing some research regarding known clean brands that would be able to nourish my skin properly, minus the toxins. While I found some amazing ones, I was not able to find many with PH-balanced promises.
It has become an important criteria on my skincare-routine-products mission, and I'll explain why:
Skin can be considered unbalanced or not in harmony with the body when it's either too alkaline or too acidic. Our natural PH levels tends to be at a 5.5, while babies are born with a PH level of 7. What happens is, the older we get, the more acidic our bodies become, decreasing to lower numbers than a normal 5.5.
PH stands for potential hydrogen and essentially measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is. This can range from o (very acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline). When it comes to the PH levels of your skin, it is essentially dependent on the skin's acid mantle.
The skin's acid mantle ultimately protects the skin against external harms like bacteria, allergens and pollution threatening to enter the body. The acid mantle is also in charge of making sure the body is moisturized. For your skin to remain in perfect balance, your acid mantle should be slightly acidic at around 4.5-5.5, which may change due to anything such as UV rays, humidity and toxic skin care products.
Type of Skin
If your skin is constantly dry or sensitive, it may mean that your skin is too alkaline, and overly oily skin may been too much acidity. The issue with these changes is that conditions like pre-mature aging and wrinkles can occur. More often than we think, skincare products like bar soaps and cleaners can raise the skin's PH and cause such symptoms.
The good news is that it doesn't matter what type of skin you have. All you have to do is make sure that your skincare products are PH-balanced. When shopping around for moisturizers or face washes, it's important that you note their PH level. It should be either Ph-balanced, or have a PH number of 4.5-6.
This way, you'll ensure your body receives the right harmony it deserves and that you prevent aging from happening too soon!
If you thought that PH-balance only had to do with your skin, you should know better! Just as our skin can easily get off track, so can our hair. When our hair reaches a higher or lower ph-level than usual, it can become more dry and brittle.
This can very likely be due to hair products that are not balanced, pollution and even UV-ray damage. To give your hair the right pampering, try finding products that are either PH-balanced or have a ph-level of 4-4.5
Whether it's taking care of your hair, skin, or even nails, most women know it takes quite some energy! Finding the right products, doing the right research, and having the proper knowledge is everything. Though it can indeed be time-consuming and overwhelming, slowly but surely you'll find products that work, which you'll love!
It's all about trial and error.
I know that the Honest Shampoo, body wash, and conditioner work for me, but they may not work for everyone. Find what works for you and stick to it!