PH balanced skin is a term we are all likely to hear from time to tome but many would question what does it actually mean and why is it important? Well after some research, a bit of careful digging and according to Discovery Health, although the term is widely thrown around in skin care product advertisements, it actually does make a difference! So if you’re as intrigued as I am and you want the low down on how to achieve pH balanced skin, have a looksie!
First things first, what does it actually mean?
The actual definition and measurement of pH balanced skin might well remind you of your chemistry class from yester-year. But don’t fall asleep! No lectures here we promise… according to dermatologist Patricia Wexler, our skin and body require a balance between acidity and alkaline for us to experience the best health possible. Our skin’s barrier is called the acid mantle and it works by keeping moisture and defending itself from toxins and germs . The acid mantle should be slightly acidic at a 5.5 pH balance for it to work its best.
What’s the big deal?
Who doesn’t love the feeling of healthy skin? When you have healthy skin, it gives you an inner confidence to face the world like nothing else! You can feel it, see it, others comment on it and your makeup and skincare products go on easily and beautifully. But, when your skin is too alkaline or acidic, it will be prone to spots and breakouts, sensitive, dry and inflamed. Research has found that women with skin that’s more on the alkaline side were more susceptible to sun damage and wrinkles.
What can I do?
Now you know the ins and outs of what it all means and some of the downsides of pH inbalance, you’ll be pleased to know there is lots you can do! Eating a healthy diet and practicing proper skin care, and the same good skin care habits will help you achieve pH balanced skin. Simple and cost effective household items such as lemon (we will explain in the next point) can help to achieve that perfect balance.
Lemons are amazing, it has to be said for inner and outer health, you really can’t beat these bad boys! Drinking lemon water can help balance your body as well as help you achieve pH balanced skin. Or why not try creating your own simply divine lemon toner by combining ½ cup of water with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Mix it up and apply it to your skin like you would any old toner. This refreshing mixture which smells pretty special will help you balance out your skin, fight fine lines and remove any bacteria from the surface.
Try and lead a raw diet whenever possible
While the majority of people’s skin is said to be more on the alkaline side, our diets sometimes tend to be on the acidic side. Take a look at your diet – if it consists of a lot of processed foods, fizzy drinks, sugar and junk food, it can be too acidic. Eating alkaline foods will balance the body, which will allow our blood to absorb more oxygen to aid digestion, which will in turn lead to clearer skin. Here are a couple of examples of alkaline foods: garlic, kale, cayenne peppers, cabbage and carrots.
Look for active ingredients
There are lots of products out there that contain vitamins and antioxidants or ‘active ingredients’ as they are otherwise known, that will help protect your skin from free radicals and promote cell turnover.