By Sydney Boryga
April 24, 2018
First off, what is pH?
PH, or “potential hydrogen” is used to describe our skin’s acidic-alkaline level--those fancy words (acidic and alkaline) are simply identifiers based on a scale. The scale goes from 1-14, with 1 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. This helps determine how the skin looks and performs. The skin should range from 4.5 to 7 on the pH scale--slightly acidic but “neutral”. Our skin has a thin layer (called the acid mantle) that is made up of sebum, which mixes with other properties on the skin to maintain the skin’s “ideal” pH — about 5.5. Now that we got through the technical stuff...
So, it's kind of a big deal?
Exactly. Our skin looks and functions its best when our pH levels are balanced. As we age, we tend to develop more skin issues - acne, wrinkles, sun spots, etc. That’s because our pH levels become less acidic and more alkaline, which allows for bacteria and infections to grow. If we keep our pH at a healthy level, we can effectively retain moisture and fight against premature aging, maintaining balanced skin. Balance is a beautiful thing!
Check out this video for @sunkissalba's take on balanced skin with DIY hacks. Love!
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