Self care + diet are the essential elements if you want vibrant skin! Another important factor is maintaining a healthy pH level + they're all related.
The pH (potential Hydrogen) is a scale used to rank acidity + alkalinity. The higher the pH, the more acidic. The scale ranks from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Anything below 7 is considered acidic + anything above is alkaline.
Applied to your health it’s basically a measure of how much oxygen is in your blood. Too much acid in the body lessens the supply of oxygen which decreases the cells’ ability to repair, fight disease + absorb nutrients.
When it comes to skin, an excess of acidity can result in inflammation + skin conditions like acne, eczema, dermatitis + rosacea.
The ideal skin pH is just below 5. When the skin’s acid mantle is healthy it protects your skin from everything it comes into contact with… fragrance, smoking, air, water, pollution, sun, even toxic skincare! If the acid mantle becomes disrupted the skin loses its ability to defend itself against these free radicals.
To maintain the pH balance of your skin, be mindful of the products you use. Products that are too alkaline can increase the skin’s sensitivity + make it drier, as well as inhibiting its ability to produce collagen.
Washing your face with tap water (a pH level of 7-8) or soap (9-10) unbalances the skin. Instead try our Clarity Face Cleanser designed to maintain your skin’s pH level for optimum protection, purification + nutrition.
The other key is consuming alkaline forming foods. These help fight inflammation + are naturally high in vitamins + minerals required for ultimate skin health. They contain antioxidants such as beta-carotene + vitamins C, E + A, omega-3 fatty acids + zinc.
- dark leafy greens + salads
- fruits + dried fruits
- nuts + seeds (include chia)
- wholegrains (quinoa, millet, buckwheat)
- beans + lentils
- coconut oil, avocado + olive oil.
- water with lemon juice or a splash of apple cider vinegar
- green smoothies
- herbal teas
- coconut water
- celery or cucumber juice.
Reduce or ideally, cut out... sugar, dairy + processed foods, meat, alcohol, tea + coffee. Make changes slowly so they’re sustainable.
As you move to a more alkaline diet + use 100% natural skincare products, your skin will greatly improve. Any questions? Feel free to contact us.
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