The quest for healthy, beautiful skin is a generational struggle. From our teens to our senior years, there is always some skin condition we are trying to overcome whether it’s acne, rosacea, dryness, wrinkles and sagging, and more.
But did you know that the pH balance of your skin is the key to seeing results of your efforts? Yes, maintaining the pH balance of your skin is critical to seeing the results you want from the other skincare products you buy. Here are three important things to know about your skin’s pH level:
- pH stand for “power of hydrogen (some circles of chemistry say “potential hydrogen”)” and it is the measure of acidity and alkalinity levels from 0 (high acidity) to 14 (high alkalinity). For some perspective, water is neutral at 7, and human skin’s pH level is between 5-5.5 (about the same level of acidity as a cup of coffee).
- Understanding pH balance disruptors. Hormone activity that produces excess oil, menopause when your skin loses its acidity, and other naturally occurring factors play a role in disrupting your natural pH balance. But these things are pretty much out of your control, so it's important to focus on the things you can control such as the products you put on your skin. With this in mind, you want to beware of products containing high alkaline chemicals like Sodium Laureth Sulfate, DEA compounds, and more.
- Using soap and other cleansers. Now, we know we need to cleanse our skin daily with soap to wash away dirt, sweat, and other contaminants. On the pH scale, soap is anywhere from 8 - 10. Soap ceases to be soap if the pH falls below 8, so it will always be higher than the skin’s pH and that is why it’s important to use a toner and restore balance to your skin.
Magnolia Skin Essentials’ Rose Aloe Hydrating Toner is fabulous for your skin with some excellent ingredients for balancing, soothing, refreshing, and hydrating your skin. Some of the key ingredients are:
- Alcohol-free witch hazel
- Aloe vera
- hydrolyzed silk
- niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- panthenol liquid (vitamin B5) (Vitamin B5)
- rose hydrosol
So start improving your skin’s health and restoring its pH balance with this quick and simple step each time you cleanse your face.