Know all about pH levels for your skin:
What is pH?
You might be well-acquainted with the word ‘acid’ or substances that are ‘acidic’. For instance, you may have heard that lemon has a high content of citric acid or that it is acidic in nature. However, its counterpart, basic or alkaline substances are only known to a handful of people. Basic substances found in everyday life would include soap and detergents. Now, the extent to which a substance is acidic or basic is measured using a tool called a pH scale.
pH scale is a system devised to calculate the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. The term pH denotes power of hydrogen as the pH test essentially calculates the amount of hydrogen ions present in a solution.
The values in this scale range from 0-14, wherein 0-7 denote acidity and 7-14 indicate alkalinity. A pH value of 7 means neither acidic nor basic and is considered to be neutral. For instance, distilled water falls under this value. Now, the pH scale is logarithmic that means there is a 10 times difference between two units. To explain it better, a pH value of 3 is 10 times more acidic than a pH value of 4.
But why is pH level important?
Now that you’re well-versed with pH values, let’s understand why it is so important.
You might not notice but your everyday life is largely influenced by pH values. Most dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cheese are tested for their pH values during a quality check. pH levels also affect the shelf life of such products. Thus, it plays a crucial role in the food industry.
Other than that, the pH level of drinking water impacts your health. That is why it is very carefully monitored at water treatment plants. The pH value of water is also controlled for aquariums to create an idle environment for your fish.
Besides water, maintaining the pH of soil is also very important in agriculture. Different crops require different pH levels in the soil. If the pH value of the soil is inaccurate, it becomes difficult for them to grow.
The pH level is very strictly regulated in the human body. The pH level in our body varies in accordance to the different organs and their respective role. For instance, the bile juice secreted by liver has a pH value of about 7.6-8.8. It is higher on the basic side as it needs to neutralize the acids in the stomach and regulate the digestion process.
Then there’s your skin. Yes, you read that right! Your skin also needs a pH balance too.
How does an imbalance in pH level affect your skin?
pH levels affect your skin a lot more than you can imagine. An imbalanced pH essentially does the ground work for skin problems. Here’s how:
High pH -
If you’ve been using regular soaps to wash your face, and your skin feels dry, chances are that your skin is being overloaded with alkaline. Excessive alkalinity disrupts the natural acid mantle of the skin. This exposes your skin to harmful toxins and pollutants that compel you to use anti-aging creams sooner than you would imagine. It also makes your skin prone to diseases like Psoriasis. That is why it’s important to use a pH balanced body wash and face wash.
Low pH -
Now, you might be a little surprised to know that even homemade cleansers and face packs can harm your skin. Almost all facial DIYs include lemon juice, which is acidic. If it is overused, chances are that it can make your skin more acidic. An acidic skin can lead to undesired skin problems like acne or eczema.
What is the ideal pH level for a healthy skin?
The natural pH value of your skin lies between 4.7 and 5.7. So, it is on the acidic side. This is due to the outer layer of the skin known as the acid mantle. The acid mantle acts as a shield to protect the skin from harmful substances such as pollutants, chemical infused moisturizers, and extreme weather conditions.
Now, your skin’s pH is not uniform. It differs as per the age, parts of the body and gender. A woman’s skin largely differs from that of a man. Usually, men have a slightly higher amount of acid in their skin. That is why Sebamed’ skincare product range includes pH balanced products on our e-commerce website Mywellnesskart that are specifically for men.
As you might be aware, a newborn baby’s skin is very sensitive. Its pH lies between 5.5 and 6.5. This is because the acid mantle gradually develops as the baby crosses the stage of infancy. Thereby, it is very important to choose pH balanced baby care products instead of regular soaps.
All Sebamed baby products listed on Mywellnesskart have a pH value of 5.5, which is ideal for your baby. Along with the right pH balance, our baby lotionis infused with natural lipids that help retain the natural moisture of the skin. Thus, it should be the ideal choice for a baby. Also, all baby care products by Sebamed are clinically tested by dermatologists that means you can be completely assured about it. You can buy Sebamed baby care products from Mywellnesskart.
Then, the pH of skin also varies across your body. For instance, armpits and genitals are more prone to bacterial infections, and have a pH of about 6.5, while your hands have a much lower pH of about 3-5. Your hands are more exposed to harsh sunlight especially if you love being outdoors. This means that your skin needs extra care to protect its natural barrier against the ultra violet rays of the sun. And that is exactly what sun lotions were created for.
Sebamed’ multi-protect sun lotion SPF 50+ available on Mywellnesskart ensures maximum protection against the harsh ultra violet rays. Not only the sun, it also safeguards your skin against sweat. However, what truly makes it stand out is the fact that it not only protects your skin but also heals it at the same time. This sun lotion includes a specialized hydrating complex made with vitamin E to neutralize any possible skin damage caused by the sun rays.
Apart from your skin, your hair too needs products with a balanced pH level. If your scalp becomes too oily, it produces excessive sebum which results in dandruff. If you’ve been struggling with dandruff, you may look up Sebamed’s anti-dandruff shampooon Mywellnesskart. Its key ingredient is Piroctone Olamine. This active material helps to prevent the formation of dandruff causing bacteria. That means it leaves out the possibility for your dandruff to return. This anti-dandruff shampoo has been clinically proven to reduce dandruff by 50% in just 14
days. So, it’s definitely worth trying out.
Why pH Balance is Important in Your Everyday Skincare Products?
Everyone wants soft and glowing skin but only a handful of people put in the effort to find out what’s best for their skin. There’s a lot that goes into keeping your skin healthy but you can begin with balancing the pH level of your skin.
You use soaps, face washes, moisturizers, toners and a plethora of other skincare products just to take care of your skin. But you fail to realize that these products do more harm than good. In some cases, cosmetics are the very reason for a majority of your skin problems. We’d like to help you understand the reason for this.
Regular soaps and cosmetics are too harsh on your skin. They often disturb the pH balance and leave the skin dry. While pH balanced skincare products help retain the moisture of your skin to keep it naturally healthy.
Sebamed helps you keep your skin healthy
Now that you know the importance of the pH balance of your skin, let’s see how we can help you achieve healthy skin.
Sebamed brings you a wide range of skin care products like body washes, moisturizers, and anti-ageing creamsthat are meticulously developed by professional dermatologists. All the products have a pH of 5.5 – which is the ideal pH value for healthy skin. That means Sebamed’s Mywellnesskart should be your go-to place for skincare essentials.