If you find your skin often drying out, cracked, flaky or if you feel it’s too oily, it can be a sign that your pH levels are imbalanced. A lot of people don’t understand what pH is and how it affects our skin. A bit of knowledge and learning about what and how pH affects us can go a long way in improving our overall skin care.
pH stands for potential hydrogen. pH helps to measure the level of acidity or alkalinity of a solution. On the pH scale, 7 is neutral and anything above 12 is deemed alkaline. The human skin operates at a slightly acidic level of 5.5. If you feel your skin is too dry or flaky most likely it is too alkaline, whereas if you feel your skin is too oily and you see breakouts it’s likely to be acidic.
So what are the steps that you can take to maintain an ideal pH level? First and foremost it is really important to eat right. The food that you include in your diet plays a vital role in the levels of pH in your body. A lot of green leafy vegetables, nuts, fruits and whole grains are to be consumed for good overall health. Avoid having items that are heavy in sugar and caffeine. These put a strain on your body if consumed regularly over a period of time.
Another important factor is choosing a right skincare routine that suits your specific skin needs. Use products that mention pH balanced and contain good antioxidants, the right acids and are chemical-free.
A basic understanding of pH levels and how it impacts your skin goes a long way in improving one’s overall health.