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Every time I see someone posting about mixing backing soda in their face wash or applying lemon juice on their face, I feel like holding them by their shoulders and telling them, “Stop! You are destroying your skin’s barrier.”
The skin barrier, also known as lipid barrier, protects us from harmful substances in the air. The acid mantle is key to the skin’s protective barrier. It neutralises the alkaline based aggressors (such as harsh surfactants), inhibits the growth of bacteria and restores and maintains the optimal acid environment in which skin’s natural flora can grow. But we destroy it by using things that are actually harmful for us by being extremely high or low in pH. pH stands for “potential hydrogen”, and is used to describe the acid alkaline ratio of a substance, which ranges from 0 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline). Skin is more acidic than alkaline and the ideal pH varies around 4.6 to 6.
When we use products with a high/alkaline pH, we are disrupting our skin barrier or acid mantle. Alkaline products cause the keratin proteins to soften, and as they lose their structure, they also lose their protective qualities. When our acid mantle is disrupted, our skin becomes prone to infection, acne, roughness, flaking, irritation and dehydration.
8. SIGNS THAT PROVE YOUR SKIN’S pH IS TOO HIGH
1. After using a regular (not very harsh) cleanser, your skin feels tight and dry.
2. You need to moisturise your skin at least once a day.
3. You have suddenly developed sensitivity to products you regularly use, including make-up and creams.
4. You sometimes notice your skin has dry, flaky, rough patches.
5. You usually notice your skin is looking duller and has more lines in the mornings.
6. Your skin has become excessively oily and is more prone to breakouts, whereas it wasn’t in the past.
7. Your skin stings often and turns red after applying products.
8. Your skin does not look plump, moist and dewy anymore.
Take a close look at how much (and how often) you’re cleansing, scrubbing and hydrating. You need to make sure that your skin can ward off the damaging factors that are making it look older than it should.
8 SIGNS THAT PROVE YOUR SKIN’S pH IS TOO LOW
1. After using a regular (not very harsh) cleanser, your face feels slightly oily or not clean.
2. You never moisturise.
3. Your skin has become sensitive and reacts to everything, including makeup and creams.
4. You usually notice your skin has dry, flaky, rough patches.
5. On rare occasions, your skin looks duller and has more lines in the morning.
6. Your skin is excessively oily and prone to breakouts whereas, it wasn’t in the past.
7. Your skin stings often, turns red, and also gets irritated.
8. Your skin looks plump, but it is greasier rather than dewy.
Simply stop OD-ing on chemical peels and harsh scrubs.
6 SIGNS THAT PROVE YOUR SKIN’S PH IS
Those with a pH on the lower end of the 4.0-6.0 scale have greater overall skin health.
1. After using a regular (not very harsh) cleanser, your skin feels soft and smooth.
2. You are moisturising at least one in the morning as well as evening.
3. Your skin is never dry, flaky and there are no rough patches.
4. Your skin has never looked dull or had lines in the morning.
5. Your skin feels normal to products you regularly use, including makeup and cream.
6. Your skin is not excessively oily or prone to breakouts.
Stay on the same course.
YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT:Use products in moderation instead of abusing them (and your skin). According to research, using cleansers with a PH of 5.5 is a big part of maintaining the skin’s barrier. Products with ceramide and niacinamide are good for the skin’s barrier too. For PH, test your cleansers or email the manufacturers with a query.
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