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FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: Balancing Acidic Skin + Recommended Products
Happy Friday, ladies! Here's a quick post on acidic skin and the perfect products to use with it. Question is from Shecky:
Hi Ms. Martha,
I've been into skin care recently and I've read all about balancing the pH of the skin. I discovered I am acidic, thus I have low pH. What skin care products do you recommend? Thank you!Shecky
Thanks for the question. Your question reminded me of the classic question of SAs in all makeup counters I've been to:
"Ma'm, acidic ka ba?"
I'd say no, of course; because I know that my skin is not acidic. But how do you really know if yours is? What the heck does acidic skin mean? Before I answer your question, it's important for everyone to know what this term means.
Our skin has a natural acid mantle that protects it from bacteria and it is vital to having a balanced skin pH; skin pH is between 4.5-5.5; if you're in between, you have balanced skin; 4.5 is cool, but anything below that can be considered acidic; 5.5 is cool also, but anything above can be considered alkaline.
How do you know which number on the scale you're on? For it to be accurate, you need pH strips to determine your actual skin pH and to know if you're acidic (haven't heard anyone saying that their skin is alkaline and SAs don't ask about this skin type also so maybe it's a rare condition so let's stick to acidic). But since pH strips are not common among Filipinas and I'm not actually sure where you can get it, one good way to know if your skin is acidic if your makeup oxidizes aka turns a shade darker.
In truth, makeup will actually turn a bit darker on the facial skin when it sets because as I said, our skin has a natural acid mantle. But if your foundation turns significantly dark, then maybe you do have acidic skin.
Anyway! Now that you know what acidic skin really means and if you think yours is acidic, here are some products and tips to keep in mind:
1. Look for balancing skin care products
- Usually, these products are labeled as balancing facial products. If not, look for the pH of the product. If pH level is not indicated, make sure they have a moisturizing/hydrating formula, and come in gel/light cream form.
2. Human Heart Nature Balancing Facial Wash
3. Zenutrients Argan Facial Wash
2. Avoid harsh products
- Harsh products that peel and have acid component or other harsh products can make your acidic skin even more acidic. Stick to products that balance and hydrate the skin. For skin treatments, opt for gentle alternatives.
1. Zenutrients Jojoba Face Scrub
3. Watch what you eat
- Your skin is a mirror of you health. If you want more balanced skin, have a balanced diet and eat lots of green leafy veggies and drink lots of water; vegetables have high water content plus other minerals and vitamins that help balance the skin.
Hope this helps! Have a great weekend, guys!
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