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Its All about Balance!

Balance? Such a simple word with a complex meaning for most, everyone is searching for it and can be a hard thing to find. But as we’re busy searching for that happy medium in our lives, we don’t give a thought to what balance could mean for our skin.

Our skin functions and looks its best in a middle-ground sweet spot too. Throw off its pH levels—by using the wrong products or eating the wrong foods—and your dermis will let you know it’s not happy!..via wrinkles, inflammation, extreme sensitivity, or acne. One thing this means for skin product label readers: The phrase “pH balanced” is far more than a marketing slogan!

pH stands for “potential hydrogen” and is used to describe the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance, which ranges from 0 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline).

the health of your body—and skin—is directly linked to maintaining the right balance between acidity and alkalinity.

The skin’s barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in lipids and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria.To work its best, the acid mantle should be slightly acidic, at a 5.5 pH balance. 

When the skin is too alkaline, your skin becomes dry and sensitive; you may even get eczema. You may also experience inflammation, which inhibits the skin’s ability to ward off matrix metalloproteinases [MMPs], the enzymes that destroy collagen through free radicals which in due course cause wrinkles and sagging.

Though it’s rarer for skin to be overly acidic, the result is often angry breakouts and congestion. When skin deviates too far south of that magical 5.5 number, it’s also stripped down to the point of being red, inflamed, and painful to touch.

balance is essential for the health of our skin and sometimes only needs small changes to your skin care or lifestyle. Having maintenance facials and a professional skin care regime can be all it takes to have your skin glowing…

Determine your skin’s likely pH level by taking this quick quiz, then learn how to get your skin back on track. All it takes is a few simple and inexpensive tweaks to your beauty routine which I’m always here to help you be on your way to your best skin yet!

Acid Test

Answer these questions to find out where you fall on the pH spectrum.

 

1. How does your skin feel after cleansing?

a) Soft and smooth

b) Tight and dry

c) Still slightly oily or not thoroughly clean

2. How often do you moisturise your face?

a) At least morning and evening

b) Once a day

c) Never

3. Has your skin become sensitive to products you regularly use, including makeup and creams?

a) No, it feels normal, like always.

b) Once in a while

c) Yes. It seems like it reacts to everything I put on it lately.

4. How often does your skin have dry, flaky, rough patches?

a) Never

b) Sometimes

c) Usually

5. Do you notice that your skin looks duller and has more lines in the morning?

a) No

b) Yes, usually

c) It’s a very rare occurrence.

6. Is your skin excessively oily and prone to breakouts (whereas it wasn’t in the past)?

a) No

b) Occasionally

c) Yes

7. Does your skin often look red and feel irritated?

a) No

b) It stings only after applying products.

c) Yes

8. Does your skin look plump, moist, and dewy?

a) Almost always

b) Rarely

c) It’s plump, but more greasy than dewy.

If you answered mostly b’s, your skin’s pH is. . .

Too high. Your chronic dryness and wrinkling likely mean your acid mantle is being dismantled you’re skin is too alkaline. With its protective lipids removed, your skin is falling prey to bacteria, UV rays, and harsh ingredients. Take a close look at how (and how often) you’re cleansing, scrubbing, and hydrating. You need to make sure that your skin can ward off the damaging factors that are making it look older than it should.

If you answered mostly a’s, your skin’s pH is. . .

Just right!

Your skin (and its pH) live in a shiny, happy place not inhabited by premature ageing and wrinkles. Having skin this good isn’t an accident, so kudos to you for gold-star moisturising and exfoliating, and using the right products. Stay on the same course and you’ll continue to glow.

If you answered mostly c’s, your skin’s pH is. . .

Too low. Your regular oiliness, breakouts, and sensitivity point to acid overload. Chances are, you’re OD’ing on the peeling products (think acids) in an effort to sop up excess grease. And while this type of exfoliation can make for a healthy complexion, your skin is suffering from too much of a good thing. Your mission: Use products in moderation instead of abusing them (and your skin).

 

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