Our skin is a fascinating organ and even though beautiful skin starts from within, it also absorbs whatever we choose to put on it.
The pH of a normal healthy human skin is between 4.5 and 6.o. It varies as we age, leaning towards the lower end of the scale. Why do most babies and children have beautiful skin? It is because their skin’s pH is typically around a 7.0. The skin is healthier, happier, and ultimately more beautiful when it is more alkaline (although it needs to be slightly acidic in order to protect itself from external bacteria, toxins, pollutants…etc.).
When skin looks unhealthy, it is the body’s way of issuing a warning that there is something wrong. An alkaline diet is crucial to happy and healthy skin, but as the skin will absorb whatever we place on it, the skin care products we use are eminently as important, as well.
Skin care Products have a pH too. Although they will not directly inform you of their pH, they will tell you what they have in them (I hope!). Look at the back of your face wash, lotion, makeup, etc. The more ingredients that you can pronounce, understand and recognize… the better. Ingredients from nature are good. Ingesting and consumption of toxins, additives and artificial foods are not good for us, and it is not good for our skin either.
Is your skin too dry? Products with too low of a pH can dry the skin.
Jenna asked me a question about what skin products I recommend. Jenna, I am particularly fond of the brand derma e. In fact, I am in love with their “Very Clear” line. Their products soothe the skin with Tea Tree, Willow Bark, Rosewood, Lavender and Chamomile and I find them to be wonderful for all skin types. I used to be terrified of using lotion, for fear of breaking out, until I found their lotion.
My favorite products and prices are on Vitacost.com. I am always baffled at their low prices.
Do you have any products that you love? Or products that you know to stay away from?