You are probably aware of the dangers posed to your skin by free radicals, sun damage, inadequate sleep, or poor diet. And you may also know that there are many things you can do to keep your skin looking great by adopting better habits like protecting your skin with sunscreen, improving your diet or sleep, or developing a simple skincare routine.
But what about your skin's pH balance? If you're wondering whether that's just another thing for you to worry about, or you're feeling stressed because you don't have time to add another task to your day – hold on. Making sure you have balanced skin is easy and can be incorporated into what you're already doing to take care of your skin. And it may even save you time while helping to clear up some of those stubborn issues you've been dealing with.
What's pH Got to Do with It?
Potential hydrogen (pH) measures the acidity of substances. When it comes to your skin's pH, striking the right balance can contribute to healthier skin.
Skin and pH
The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. The lower the number, the more acidic a substance is, and the higher the number, the more alkaline a substance is. Skin usually is on the acidic side. This acidity helps to fight bacteria and free radicals that contribute to aging. A healthy range is between 4 – 7, with one study reporting that an ideal level for adults is just below 5.
The pH levels may vary depending on the area of your body. Generally, areas that are not exposed to the elements will retain their acidity, whereas other body parts that are more exposed, such as your hands, face, and arms, may be more alkaline.
There are also other factors that can affect your skin's pH, like acne, air pollution, antibacterial products, cosmetics, oil, and sweat.
Finding the Right Balance
First, you want to find out what your skin's pH is. You can easily do this by purchasing an at-home test kit at your local store specifically designed for skin. Once you know your levels, you can be about the business of modifying your skincare routine as needed.
Skincare for a Healthy ph
Hopefully, you already have a skincare routine. If not, now is an excellent time to start. Even if your skin is within targeted levels, implementing a regimen to care for your skin will keep your skin looking its best as you age.
Cleansing is an essential first step in maintaining healthy skin, but it is important to ensure that the products you use are not on the alkaline side, or they may be prone to causing irritation. Using a gentle cleanser that is more acidic may help to prevent wrinkles and combat acne.
After you cleanse your skin using a toner that fights free radical damage can help to neutralize any remaining alkalinity allowing your skin to appear more youthful and revitalized.
Keeping your skin moisturized is crucial for fighting the signs of premature aging. When selecting a moisturizer, look for products that help boost collagen production and contain natural ingredients such as vitamins, pomegranate, and tea.
You should aim to exfoliate your skin about once a week. The process of exfoliation removes dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. Products that contain natural fruit acids are effective at gently scrubbing skin to reveal a more vibrant complexion.
Finding the right skincare balance doesn't have to be a balancing act. But regulating your skin's pH can diminish wrinkles, alleviate dry skin, and help your skincare products be more effective. HIMistry Naturals has a complete skincare line for men to meet all your needs. Contact us to learn more about our natural products and how to care for your skin.