When I started Cheeky Complexion, I IMMEDIATELY went headlong into buying an array of products for my skin, using them for 6 weeks and then developing this absolutely insane bout of acne that lasted until just recently (for a long time I think I thought it was hormonal acne)… Then I was mortified to leave the house (like my skin at 14 was way better than this catastrophe), my face was so dry it hurt & I couldn’t even brag on Cheeky Complexion because why would anyone trust a skin care advice giver who has acne, dry skin and boils on their chin! Which hey, those alone don’t make or break you – duh, it’s who you are in the inside that counts – but it definitely shoots your self-esteem down a notch of two.
So since I have recovered from my utterly insane nose dive into the skin care realm, I realized that I probably royally screwed up my skin’s pH! My poor face was like ‘Yo homegirl, get a fricking grip’! Have you ever thought about your body’s pH levels? Not since high school you said? Yeah, I’m with ya on that. It had been a long time since I have taken a gander at my bod’s pH! Your pH is short for potential hydrogen which is used to describe the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance – so in this case your skin. It ranges from 0 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline). In really smart terms, the top layer of your skin (the acid mantle) is responsible for keeping in the good stuff and blocking the bad stuff (i.e. toxins, bacteria, pollution, etc). In order for it to work amazingly, the skin’s mantle should be slightly acidic at a 5.5 pH balance. When it becomes too alkaline, skin becomes super dry AND it inhibits the body’s ability to ward off MMP (really long word, I’ll get a cramp typing it) which is an enzyme that destroys collagen and causes excessive wrinkles and sagging!
So now that you’re super smart… how do you know what your body’s pH levels are? Well you can buy the fancy strips which I think I’ll do – it just takes out the guess work. Or you can sort of diagnose yourself!
- If you suffer from excessive dryness, you’re too alkaline!
- Your skin is soft and smooth, doesn’t need a whole ton of moisture and your skin rarely looks dull, then you’re just perfect!
- You suffer from oiliness & breakouts, you’re too acidic.
So now that we’re all diagnosed, what the hell do you do? It has a lot to do with your diet…. & of course the skincare products you use.
Go to the produce section and don’t leave it 😉 Watermelon, lemons, apples, leafy greens, asparagus, tomatoes, bananas, radishes, carrots, broccoli and so much more can help offset the acidity of modern food sources.
For your skincare routine…
- If your skin is dry, avoid glycolic acids, alcohol-based toners, anything that is too drying on your skin (you’ll know.. if your skin feels tight after using, it’s too drying)
- Cleansing bars and detergent soaps tending to be too alkaline for the skin – avoid using products with sodium laureth sulfate
- Actually test your skincare products with the fancy strips! You want the results too be just right!
- Using the wrong cleanser is a common offender to throwing off one’s pH balance – remember balance & use that noggin of yours.. So if you have dry skin, don’t use a bar of soap, instead add an oil-based cleanser to your routine (read our blog to see which ones we recommend)
#CheekyConfidential The lower the pH of a formula, the most bio-available its ingredients are, which means your skin is able to absorb just that much more.
How do you best maintain your pH levels? Share with us in the comments below.