Balancing the pH of your skin.

 

We often mention diet… for good reason. It’s the essential element if you want vibrant skin. Another important factor is maintaining a healthy pH level and the two are inter-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 + take in 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. The skin’s acid mantle protects the skin from everything it comes into contact with… skincare, fragrance, smoking, air, water, pollution + sun. 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 Saving Face Cleanser which is designed to maintain your skin’s pH level for optimum protection + nutrition.

The other key is consuming alkaline forming foods. These help fight inflammation + are naturally high in vitamins + minerals required for ultimate skin health... antioxidants such as beta-carotene + vitamins C, E + A, omega-3 fatty acids + zinc.    

 Eat:

  •        dark leafy greens + salads
  •        vegetables
  •        fruits + dried fruits
  •        nuts + seeds (include chia)
  •        wholegrains (quinoa, millet, buckwheat)
  •        beans + lentils
  •        coconut oil, avocado + olive oil.

  Drink:

  •        water with lemon juice
  •        water with 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.

Any questions? Feel free to reach out to us: hello@thenaturalskinstore.com.

As you change to an alkaline forming diet + use our 100% natural products, let us know how your skin improves.

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