Do you remember those pH testing strips from science class? As it turns out, they could be helpful for knowing your skin’s pH balance. To refresh your memory, 0 is the most acidic while 14 is alkaline. Water has a neutral pH of 7, and your skin is in its happy place when it’s at a pH of 5.5.
When your skin isn’t properly balanced, problems arise. Think inflammation, acne, and even skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. You can get testing strips or go to your dermatologist, but chances are, if your skin looks blotchy or broken out, your pH is out of whack. Here’s how to take care of your skin relative to the natural pH and restore, maintain, and balance your skin.
Watch how your skin behaves
The first step is keeping an eye on your skin. Dry and fragile skin tends to be tipping the scales on the alkaline side. If it seems irritated and breaks out often, it’s more acidic.
Remember face and body have different requirements
Alkaline is ideal for your body’s health, but not so much for your face. If your skin is alkaline, you’ll likely develop more fine lines and wrinkles, especially in the form of crow’s feet.
Look to your cleanser
How you cleanse your skin can be the first step to pH balance. Many products are far too alkaline, like bar soap. This can damage your skin’s barrier which makes it more susceptible to infections and pollutions. You’ll want to choose mild cleansers to mitigate the damage.
Check out your water supply
Those testing strips can be a big help if you’ve been using mild cleansers specifically tailored to maintaining skin pH with no result. It could be the water you’re using that is doing the damage. Check it to be sure, and if it’s the water, there are filters you can install to fix it.
Use the right toner
The whole point of using a toner is to balance out the pH of your skin, but many of them just strip away what needs to be there. Make sure yours is alcohol-free. Better yet, try a micellar water which tones, cleanses, and balances the skin!
Be proactive as you age
Sure, you can look ageless, but you can’t stop your age chronologically. With each year, your skin gets more and more alkaline. This is why aging skin changes to brittle and dry, and is much more prone to wrinkles. Find targeted skincare that helps you strike a balance of pH with your skin to keep it healthy, youthful, and supple.
By keeping the pH level of your skin in mind as you care for it, you’ll soon see great improvements when you use the right skincare products to bring balance to your beauty routine!
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Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.
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