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 layer exposing skin to environmental damage. There are many other environmental factors that can also affect pH, however using (or buying) skincare that protects pH and doesn’t strip should be on your priority list!
If you want smooth, glowing, ‘predictable’ skin - meaning no wild breakouts or inflammation, you must choose pH balanced skincare and make some small lifestyle changes. It can be that simple!
Soap: avoid cleansers with soap or stripping agents. Soap is alkaline and therefore is too basic for skin. This will cause dehydrate and dull your skin tone.
Tip: Try our pH Cleanser, soap free, pH level of 5.5, aroma free, paraben free, full of soothing botanicals ++ (let’s FACE it, this product or this 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 saturate yourself like this before a date). The olfactory system is sensitive and can be aggravated, however 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/organic'. We avoid synthetics however many ‘natural’ products formulate with synthetics particularly scents, this confuses and aggravates skin, its 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 pulls the seat out when dining.
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 so to speak and 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 say like MECCA (one of our favourites).
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.