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.