7 PH balancing tips for flawless skin
7 pH balancing tips for flawless skin
Your pH is more important than you think and when it’s out of whack your skin pays the price. Here’s how to balance it…
Skin looks and feels better in a middle ground between acid and alkaline. Throw this balance out of whack (by using the wrong products or eating the wrong foods) and your pH levels will suffer resulting in sensitivity, wrinkles, inflammation or acne. Snoozed during chemistry class? Dr Colbert tells us that the phrase ‘pH balanced’ is more than a marketing ploy. “Our body and skin require a balance between alkaline and acidity for our acid mantle – the barrier that keeps moisture in and germs and toxins out. Anything over seven is considered alkaline. Skin that falls on this end of the scale tends to be drier and more wrinkly, while skin that’s too acidic can appear red, irritated and itchy. Slightly acidic, around 5.5, is epidermal heaven.”
SKIP TAP WATER
Cameron Diaz is rumoured to wash her face in Evian, and if she does she’s onto something. Nichola Joss, facialist and Sanctuary skincare expert tells us why: “Hard water has a high mineral composition containing heavy metals like iron, copper, zinc, and nickel that can lead to irritation, inflammation and itchiness and it can even breakdown collagen and elastin. It can also contain chlorine, which is drying stripping the top layer of the skin of its natural oils.” Yikes! She recommends opting out of hard water to her patients with hypersensitive skin. If there’s a build-up in your showerhead you know your water is hard and this is the same residue deposited on your face. You can find out just how hard your water is with a simple test or by looking up your area’s drinking water quality report.
PH-ACT:Bathing in Evian not an option? Sprinkle into your bath to balance your energy flow.
JUMP ON THE MICELLAR WATER WAGON
French women are spearheading the anti-tap-water movement. In its place they’re using Micellar water that was developed in France in the nineties to combat their harsh water. “Micellar waters are cleansers that don’t need to be rinsed, they are a fast track to cleansing and toning your skin with or without makeup,” says makeup extrodinaire Terry de Gunzburg.
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