Why Does pH Balance Matter for Your Skin?
At GLOWBIOTICS, we know our skin is naturally designed to fight infection and environmental stresses naturally. Your skin's ability to do wage this fight against the constant attack of nature is affected by its pH level (potential Hydrogen). The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline it is. On a scale of 1-14, with 1 being the most acidic to 14 being the most alkaline, 7 is considered a neutral reading for your skin's pH.
The pH affects the protective layer on the skin's surface, referred to as the acid mantle. This acid mantle is made up of sebum (free fatty acids) excreted from the skin's sebaceous glands, which mixes with lactic and amino acids from sweat to create the skin's pH, which ideally should be slightly acidic – at about 5.5.
Many factors can interfere with the delicate balance of the skin's acid mantle, both externally and internally. Our skin can become more acidic in response to our lifestyle and our environment. Everything that comes in contact with our skin (products, smoking, air, water, sun, pollution) can contribute to the breaking down of the acid mantle, disrupting the skin's ability to protect itself.
The Best Way to Balance pH & Protect the Acid Mantle
The team of experts at GLOWBIOTICS put together a list of these simple steps you can take to help balance pH and protect the acid mantle of the skin:
- Eliminate harsh cleansers and soaps (alkaline)
- Remove all chemicals and toxins that could harm your skin (know your ingredients)
- Opt for products rich in vitamins, probiotics, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Only use properly pH balanced skincare products.
- Use lukewarm water to rinse your face.
These techniques along with using pH balanced skin care products will help regain an ideal skin environment. In addition, remember to treat your skin delicately (not overwashing, over scrubbing or using random products) will help prevent the destruction of the sensitive acid mantle and will help protect your skin so it can protect you.
The easiest way to start on your journey to balanced skin is with a pH balanced cleanser. If you are looking for a quality product to begin your journey with, look no further than the GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic cleansing options all are pH balanced and rich in probiotics and targeted ingredients that can help to restore skin to its best balanced health!