Everything You Need To Know About Balancing Your Skin’s pH

Everything You Need To Know About Balancing Your Skin’s pH

Many people think that as long as they are following a good skincare ritual twice a day, they are good to go, but healthy skin comes down to more than just a good skin regimen!

The type of products you choose plays a major role, as well as various other lifestyle factors.

One goal, which many of us forget, is to keep your pH levels perfectly balanced to ensure a complexion that is happy and radiant. This is where product choices are going to have an impact.

If you’re shaking your head in confusion right now, wondering what pH levels even are, then this article will help to explain everything!

Please explain to me what my skin’s pH levels are?

Your pH is a measure of alkalinity and acidity. These levels are measured on a pH scale that ranges from 0 to 14, 7 is right in between and considered neutral, meaning it is neither acid nor alkaline.

Anything above 7 is alkaline and anything below 7 is acidic.

If you’re wondering what a healthy skin pH level should be, the answer is between 4.7 and 5.5 on the pH scale, yes our natural pH is actually slightly acidic!

This acidity is what gives the acid mantle its name and plays an essential role in the health and state of your skin.

Okay, so what is the acid mantle?

The acid mantle is a protective film over the skin that acts as a defense against bacteria, viruses, and other potentially harmful invaders that may penetrate your pores and put the health and condition of your skin at risk. After all, one of the main functions of our skin is to protect our body from outside harm. 

Also known as the “hydro-lipid film” it is a thin, slightly acidic film that helps to create the growth of healthy flora, which contributes to a healthy environment in which invading microbes cannot survive.

A healthy skin pH is needed for the acid mantle to function at its best.

How will I know if my pH levels are off-balance?

You’ll know right away by the state of your skin!

Too much acidity usually contributes to inflammation in the skin and breeds conditions such as acne.

If it’s too alkaline then your skin may be dry, flaky, and red.

There are many factors that can negatively affect your skin’s pH levels, including over-cleansing, which strips the skin’s natural oils, using conventional products made with synthetic ingredients and eating an unhealthy diet.

Eating skin-friendly foods and getting enough exercise is so important.

We also highly recommend using products that are pH balanced, filled with powerful plant actives designed to feed your skin with nutrients, giving it everything it needs, and nothing it doesn’t! 

If you aren’t sure where to start, we've put together a few kits to take the guesswork out of product selection. Our beautiful Skin Brightening Collection is a great starting point and customer favorite!

If you have questions, send us a message: hello@kateryanskincare.com

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