Maintain a Healthy pH Balance to Level Up Your Skin
By lacey / 18 December 2023
The Key to Healthy Skin? Maintaining a Balanced pH Level
Being the body’s largest organ comes with some major responsibilities. In addition to being the first point of call for external invaders, skin is constantly exposed to harsh weather conditions, toxic chemicals, and environmental stressors. This harshness can lead to dehydrated skin that takes many forms — dryness, oiliness, sensitivity, etc. As we peel back the layers of the skin and the factors that affect skin health, we must emphasize the importance of a healthy pH balance. With the constant exposure to the aggressive environment, maintaining a health pH seems impossible…until now. There’s only one skincare up to the challenge against the factors we can’t control — Pour Moi climate smart skincare.
Skin’s pH Balance Unpeeled
The pH level refers to the level of acidity or alkalinity in a substance, and skin is no exception. On the pH scale of 1-14, the smaller numbers are more acidic and the greater numbers are the most alkaline, making 7 an indicator of neutrality. What about skin? A healthy pH level in the skin’s acid mantle is between 4.5 and 6.5 — 5.5 being optimal. The slight acidity is conferred by lactic and amino acids present in sweat as well as fatty acids contained in sebum, which makes up the acid mantle. The body in general, but especially the skin that guards it, benefits greatly from the slightly acidic nature of the skin. Microorganisms carried in the polluted air find it difficult to thrive under acidic conditions; Thus, the skin is protected by its pH balance from being colonized by external invaders. When the pH level in skin is thrown off, either too acidic or too alkaline, skin is more prone to infections and the excretion of waste is suboptimal. This manifests as many common skin issues, such as acne, eczema, premature aging, and dermatitis. Dryness, wrinkling, sagging, and skin sensitivity are the consequences of an overly alkaline pH in skin. If the pH is bordering on the extreme side of acidity, skin responds with redness, inflammation, and cracks.
Environmental Influence on pH Balance
The skin is constantly subjected to environmental assaults that could disrupt its pH balance. Smoke, air, pollutants, radiation, and even the water in your environment are all capable of initiating a gradual breakdown of the skin’s acid mantle, making it more difficult for skin to protect itself. Your skin is at the mercy of whatever’s around you, even if you can’t see it. In today’s aggressive climates, UV radiation and air pollution are stronger than ever, and your skin suffers first. The free radicals caused by environmental toxins cause skin’s pH balance to stray from its ideal range. When the weather is out of balance, so might be your skin’s pH level.
How to Have a Balanced pH Anywhere
Restoring the pH balance in skin is essential for happy, healthy skin, which is why Pour Moi addresses this widespread issue in the first step of its climate smart ritual. The Hydrating Balancer is uniquely formulated to help control sweat and sebum, thereby preventing extreme acidity or alkalinity. By balancing your skin’s pH as the first step in your Pour Moi Ritual, you’re improving the efficiency of the skincare to follow and setting your skin up for improved wellness. When skin is in balance, you reap all the benefits — beauty, glow, youthfulness, and happiness.