If you remember back to high school classes, you probably learned all about pH and how there’s a range from 0 – 14 (acidic to alkaline). It turns out that the health and condition of our skin actually has a lot to do with pH. On that 0 – 14 scale, 7 is considered neutral, and ideally, our skin is supposed to be a 5.5. When the skin is too alkaline, it can get dry, irritated, and sensitive amongst other issues, and you could find yourself starting to deal with premature skin aging. Clearly, this is all something we want to avoid, so let’s talk about how you can stay out of the alkaline zone and help your skin to be more balanced.
Protect Yourself From the Sun
If you have skin that’s more alkaline, you may be more prone to sun damage. Protecting your skin from the sun is key, so load up on the sunscreen every day of the year (and reapply it during the day), wear sun protective clothing, use sunglasses any time you leave your home, and wear a wide-brimmed hat as often as possible.
Skip the Soap
Washing your face with a bar of soap? It could be one of the reasons your skin is more alkaline considering bar soaps typically have a pH level that’s too alkaline which is why you might get that tight feeling to your skin after washing. You may want to consider forgoing the bar soap and opt for a cleanser that’s going to be more gentle to your skin.
Check Your Products
It’s not just your soap that you have to worry about. Other products that you’re using on your skin could push it toward the alkaline zone. It’s one of the many reasons it’s important to do your research about the products that you’re using which includes reading the packaging before making a purchase. Make a promise to yourself to buy products that are best for your skin rather than ones that are just on sale or smell/look good. Consider looking for products that state on the packaging that they’re pH balanced.
See Your Dermatologist
The absolute best way to stay out of the alkaline zone is by speaking with your dermatologist. They know your skin and could tell you what’s going on with it, especially after discussing with you what your daily habits are in regards to your skincare routine. An appointment will take little time, but by the end, you’ll be able to start getting on the track to having skin that’s even better. It’s also the perfect chance to ask any questions that you have about your skin.
The aforementioned are just some of the many ways that you can help your skin stay out of levels that are too alkaline. If you feel that your skin may not be at the right level, don’t put off trying to get it to where you would prefer it to be. The sooner the pH levels are more balanced, the better your skin will start to look and feel.