pH Balance 101

What is pH balance?

pH balance refers to the potential hydrogen level in a substance. In simpler terms, it measures the acidity and alkalinity of the skin. When the pH balance of our skin is disrupted, it can compromise the acid mantle, which is a thin layer of lipids that acts as a protective barrier. This can lead to a breakdown in the skin’s ability to defend against germs, toxins, and external factors. Additionally, an imbalanced pH can hinder the skin’s ability to retain moisture, resulting in dryness. Therefore, maintaining a balanced pH is crucial for achieving radiant and healthy skin.

There are several signs that indicate an imbalance in pH levels:

  1. Tightness of the skin after cleansing
  2. Dry patches on the skin
  3. Acne breakouts
  4. Eczema

Various factors can trigger an imbalance in pH levels, including:

  1. Diet: Consuming excessive amounts of acidic foods such as caffeine, sugar, and alcohol can negatively impact pH levels.
  2. Cleansing with hot water
  3. Using abrasive cloths or scrubbing the skin too vigorously
  4. Using cleansers that contain alcohol

To maintain a balanced pH, it is important to follow these steps:

  1. Use a toner after cleansing, preferably one that does not contain alcohol. For example, our rose geranium or marigold toner.
  2. Moisturize your skin after applying toner, using a product like our face & neck elixir, which contains Vitamin C.
  3. Opt for a gentle cleanser instead of a bar soap.
  4. Apply sunscreen daily to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
  5. If you need to use an acid-based product on your skin, do so sparingly.

By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that your skin maintains a balanced pH, resulting in a healthier and more radiant complexion.