pH is a scientific fact of skin. pH is what directly affects visible change in skin appearance and wellness.
Much like dating, we must trial skincare to find the right fit - depending on gender and genetics, product selection will be guided by desired results.
Lesson 1: skin’s natural pH level is between 4.5-6 on the pH scale (acidic).
The pH scale has a range of 0-14. 0 can be compared to battery acid, 7 is neutral, and 14 is much like an oven cleaner, the most alkaline or basic of the scale. Skin prefers to be acidic, especially the ‘acid mantle’, the outer most layer of skin acts as the first line of defence against bacteria and free radicals.
This layer is what we must protect and lots of skincare products strip this these 'bouncers', exposing skin to environmental damage. Does smooth, glowing, ‘predictable’ skin sound indescribably life changing! Imagine, no wild breakouts or inflammation, a decision like pH balanced skincare and some small lifestyle changes could make all the difference. There are many variable environmental factors that can also affect pH, however using skincare that protects pH and doesn’t strip is an easy warm hug for your skin.
Soap: avoid cleansers with soap or stripping agents. Soap is alkaline and therefore, too basic for skin. This will cause dehydration, unstable cell structure and dull a skin tone.
Tip: Try our pH Cleanser, soap free, pH level of 5.5 (sweet spot), aroma free, toxin free, full of soothing botanicals ++ (let’s FACE it, this product kind of product is essential). Using different products with different aroma profiles is like going to the fragrance counter and spraying every blend onto your skin (dating note: don't walk around smelling like the perfume counter threw up on you). The olfactory system is sensitive and can be aggravated, your skin can be even more sensitive, so when it comes to fragrance, skip it where you can in face care.
Essential Oils / Synthetic Fragrance: Our philosophy for formulation particularly when it comes to aroma is; 'simple is best' and 'blend with natural and organic'. We avoid synthetics however many ‘natural’ products formulate with synthetics particularly scents, this can confuse and aggravate skin, creating reactions in sensitive skin types. As the skin is a thinking organ, it also can inhibit product absorption or cause superficial dermal damage. No small factor in skincare or premature ageing.
Vitamins / Serums: Yes, yes yes! Vitamin A and Vitamin C are excellent for cellular protection which is truly essential for longevity in youthful looking skin and preventative premature ageing. Sodium Hyaluronate is another excellent cellular hydrator for plump dewy complexions. This is the gentleman that opens the door for you or get you coffee in bed 'just cause'.
Holistic: drink water, eat a variety of fruit and vegetables, if its green its good! Don’t be fooled by juice cleanses, they can often cause breakouts due to the high concentration in natural sugars. Minimise refined sugars and process foods. Your body is your temple, inner health reflects outwards.
So! We hope this quick scoop on what to look for in some skincare products will give you clarity around what to buy or at least, what questions to ask. Don’t be fooled by the sparkling surfaces and beautiful sales people, they are there to sell. Yes, they will recommend to the best of their ability however sometimes, they simply don’t have enough information as most aren’t beauty therapists or skin specialists - and lets be honest, its a hard task to remember every ingredient of every product in a store.
Window shop, research, ask the right questions and be prepared to test and trial. There is no one perfect fit for everyone in terms of skincare combinations - otherwise skincare wouldn't be a billion dollar business.
Not only is blue a naturally soothing and safe colour, its also the natural mineral colour of the precious gem Lapis Lazuli. This gem and its deep, celestial blue hue is what naturally colours our Blue Stone cream. As a symbol of honour, gods and power, spirit and vision, this stone universally represents as a symbol for wisdom and truth.
We ground this stone to a fine powder to blend and intrinsically energise our cream, not only for its mineral rich benefits - for its imbued energetic power. In ancient Persia and pre-Columbian America, Lapis Lazuli was a symbol of the starry night, and a favourite stone of the Islamic Orient for protection from the evil eye.
Skincare IMPORTANCE: it's one of the highest sources of silica! + other trace minerals essential for healthy skin. Don't worry, you won't turn Avatar blue with this formula -- just resist a re-purchase once you've tired it!
‘Speak your beauty truth’, the mantra of this product. Enjoy Blue Stone Creams’ natural/organic and blue energised formula.
Detoxing the skin; removing impurities, congestion, improving texture and overall appearance.
There are 3 (key) components that go into a products formulation process. These 3 components are; results desired, pH balance, active ingredients. Pretty important factors, wouldn’t you say? Considering our department stores and beauty retreats are saturated with options, how do we decided what’s going to be effective on our skin? Of course, we place a lot of trust into a ‘trained’ sales assistants, beauty therapist recommendation and of course Google. Unless we have experienced a treatment with these ‘wonder’ products, how do we really know if we like and our skin achieves results.
When it comes to a skin detox, where do you start?
Sensitive or not, ingredients and pH balance are 2 important factors of a products ability to achieve results. All the wonderful and purest ingredients in the world won’t make a moments difference on the skin if the formulation isn’t in balance and skin friendly ingredients aren’t taken into consideration. A few excellent ingredients for skin detoxification are as follows;
Quick fact: toxins in your body are positively charged and therefore -- negatively charged ingredients are best to attract them from the body, especially via the skin.
Rhassoul: very rich in negatively charged minerals and a perfect magnet for toxins and impurities. Does not dry out skin because it has elasticity and texture improving properties.
White (kaolin): the gentlest and best for sensitive, dry skin. This clay has antibacterial properties as well as more gentle drawing abilities of impurities. Calms and purifies the skin of excess oils and toxins.
Green: high in iron and magnesium, which gives it its green colour. Its fast acting in drawing out impurities, absorbing excess oils, tightening pores and detoxifying. Suitable for oily skin.
This beautifully gritty and black substance is excellent for drawing out toxins and impurities from the daily slog. Key results will be -- minimisation of pore size, decrease of excess oils, helping to reduce breakouts. This texturally rich ingredient will also help refine the superficial layer of the skin – smoothing and adding lustre back to complexions.
Soak, spray or massage in. Magnesium is present in almost every organ in the body. Magnesium plays a vital role in decreasing stress, sustaining a sense of well-being, and improving sleep. These elements all effect toxin levels within the body. This ingredient we recommend being taken as a part of your detox program, orally and apply dermally.
This little gem is the secret to youthful, resilient skin and overall health. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin A plays many roles internally and externally. Antioxidants naturally slow the ageing process, as well as form a powerful protective barrier protecting us from our toxic environment. Vitamin A is essential for collagen production, wound healing and the production of healthy new skin structure and cell formation. Keep this in your cabinet to help keep skin structure, elastic, firm and healthy.
As for dry body brushing, this is excellent for its exfoliating properties and also its benefits to the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system carries all toxins and nasties out of the body. This will invigorate circulation to superficial layer of this skin to repair and replenish as well as help your body detoxify.
Kick start your summer skin with a skin detox. Good luck!