If you read our article last week, ‘Skin pH Balance – What it means?’ it’s time to explore managing your skin’s pH levels for optimal results when it comes to your Skin Care Regimen. Before choosing products that optimize your skin’s pH levels, be sure that you are aware of your Skin Type (Take the Dosha Quiz now) as this will allow you to choose pH balancing ingredients and products.
Always choose Alkaline-free soaps and Cleansers as harsh Alkaline pH products can destroy the outer lipid layer of the skin, allowing easier access for harmful bacteria. Never use any type of Soap/Cleanser/Shampoo that claims to make your skin ‘squeaky clean’ as these disrupt and even temporarily destroy your dermal Micro-Biome! You may either pick pH balanced cleansers or Acidic based cleansers that allow the healthy bacteria/microbiome to remain intact, and remove only dirt, debris, excess oil and harmful pathogens from your skin.
Pro Tip: If pH levels aren’t indicated on product labels, you can buy litmus strips at any drugstore which allow you to easily determine the acidity/alkalinity levels of any products you’re using.
Be sure you follow the correct Skincare Regimen (especially pre-bedtime!). The ability of botanical Skin Actives such as Essential Oils and other Nourishing Ingredients to balance your skin’s pH increases Three-Fold! during the regenerative phases of sleep. When performing your nightly regimen, make sure you use botanical nourishing oil-based products for the correct amount of moisture for your particular (and every changing!) skin’s needs.
Avoid the ‘3S’
Avoid ‘Sun, Smoke and Smog’ – the ‘3S’s that result in Dull, Sensitized and Damaged Skin. Be sure and use an Organic Broad Spectrum Sunscreen of SPF30 or higher to protect your skin’s acid mantle from becoming damaged from UVA and UVB rays.
Hydrators/Toners – Good or Bad?
If you have an unbalanced pH, don’t skip the Toner, just make sure you are using the correct one for your skin! Traditionally, hydrators/toners are used after cleansing your skin and when proper product choices is made, an important step to restore your skin’s balance, shrink the appearance of pores and improve clarity. Always avoid harsh astringent/ toners, containing Alcohol and Petroleum by-products. Hydrators are specifically designed to ‘balance’, ‘soothe inflammation’ and also ‘moisturize’ your skin at the same instance. Look for products labeled “Alcohol-free” according to your Skin Type to control Excess Oil and Minimize Pores naturally.
Diet and Hormone Check
Remember to check your hormones regularly with your medical practitioner, and watch your diet. Avoid refined sugar and flour and other highly processed foods including high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oils. Hormonal changes can occur in your body due to aging, illnesses, stress, changes in physical activity, menstrual cycle and food habits which will eventually reflect on the skin.
Pick only pH balancing products
Now that you know why pH balancing is so vital when it comes to your skin’s health, beauty and integrity, you should only trust organically sourced natural ingredients in your skincare products to restore your skin’s balance. Some of the best known natural pH balancing ingredients are:
- Apple Cider Vinegar – With it’s outstanding skin-friendly and skin-balancing properties, the acetic acid in Apple Cider Vinegar balances your skin’s pH levels and lessens the appearance of acne blemishes, dryness, dandruff and excess oil production.
- Honey – The pH of pure Manuka Honey is around 4-5 (the same as your skin’s optimal pH levels). A natural Anti-Bacterial agent a on the skin, pure honey is an excellent moisturizer, healing agent and help slows down visible signs of skin aging.
- Milk – Organic Milk solids as a skincare ingredient not only effectively balances your skin’s pH levels, but it also makes your skin supple and moisturized.
- Rose – Rose water, or Rose Essential Oil is a strong anti-oxidant, stimulates circulation and is widely used as a toner, astringent, emollient, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent. Rose Essential Oil contains citronellol, citral, carvone, eugenol, nerol, geraniol and phenyl acetaldehyde all of which contribute to your skin’ permeability and help destroy acne causing bacteria.
- Citrus – Lemons and Oranges are two of the best known citrus extracts that give you the acidic pH your skin needs. They also contain Vitamin C that improves your skin’s Detox and Rejuvenation abilities, giving it a beautiful glow.