Why do you need to keep your skin’s pH levels balanced?
Skin’s ideal pH is 5.5, which is slightly acidic. When it’s balanced on 5.5, then skin is working to it’s optimum. Throw this balance out of whack (by using the wrong products or eating the wrong foods) and your pH levels will suffer resulting in sensitivity, wrinkles, inflammation or acne. Mega dermatologist, Dr Colbert of Colbert MD products, tells us that the phrase ‘pH balanced’ is more than a marketing ploy. “Our body and skin require a balance between alkaline and acidity for our acid mantle – the barrier that keeps moisture in and germs and toxins out. Anything over seven is considered alkaline. Skin that falls on this end of the scale tends to be drier and more wrinkly, while skin that’s too acidic can appear red, irritated and itchy. Slightly acidic, around 5.5, is epidermal heaven.”
How to check the pH of your skin
- At-home test strips
Thanks to at-home pH kits, it may be possible to determine your skin pH on your own. These come in the form of paper strips that are applied to your skin and measured.
For the best results, buy pH kits that are meant for your skin. Saliva and urine tests can measure your body’s overall pH levels, but these will do little to tell you the pH measurement of the surface of your skin.
2. Through a dermatologist
A dermatologist may also offer liquid pH testing in their office. In addition, they can help you with cosmetic and other skin-related care that you’re interested in.
3. Observe and estimate
It’s possible to get a general idea of your skin pH level through careful observation. Skin that has a soft texture without dry spots would be considered balanced. Irritation, acne, redness, and dry spots may all be signs of a high skin pH that’s leaning towards a more alkaline profile.
What’s the best way to maintain healthy skin and balanced skin Ph?
- Wash with gentle cleansers
Whether gentle for you means using a specially formulated commercially made face wash or cleaning your skin with DIY natural or plant-based items, remember that water affects your skin too, even if momentarily.
The more alkaline your facial cleanser, the more skin irritation you’re likely to see.
More acidic cleansers may help combat acne, which may clear up once your pH levels reach below 6. On the flipside, more alkaline-based skin care ingredients can help maintain healthy skin in conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
2. Use a skin toner
A skin toner can help neutralize any remaining alkalinity that’s adversely affecting your skin’s optimal pH levels.
Follow up with a moisturizer. There are moisturizing oils, lotions, gels, and thick creams for you to choose from. You may even want to adjust your moisturizer for the season, too. Whether your skin tends to be oily, needs additional moisture, or is sensitive to products, there are a lot of options on the market. These include oils that won‘t clog your pores and moisturizers for dry skin.
Exfoliating your skin as often as once a week with gentle exfoliants can be good for your general skin care routine.
Maintaining healthy skin may also be assisted with plant acids which can sometimes be used in chemical peels and microdermabrasion products. Talk to a dermatologist about these skin care options to see if these can help even out or tone your skin.