pH balanced Peels
Posted on February 23 2015
pH is one of those familiar terms you probably remember from high-school chemistry class!. pH refers to “potential hydrogen,” pH refers to the balance of acids in substances. pH levels range from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic, 14 being alkaline and 7 being neutral.
If you suffer from any skin condition such as dryness, acne, wrinkles, or generally lackluster, then it’s time to learn about pH balances and their effects it has on your face. Of importance is the skin’s acid mantle, a natural thin- acidic barrier. The acid mantle is your skin’s defense system against bacteria, pollution and sebum that leads to acne, wrinkles, and pigmentation. Maintaining pH balance helps to keep your acid mantle in check, all while preventing common skincare issues.
Although 7 is the neutral pH level, did you know that your skin balance should be more acidic? pH level’s of 5.5 is perfect because this allows some acids on your skin to naturally fight off bacteria that can lead to breakouts. If your skin is overly neutralised by acid-zapping skincare products, you may notice even more of those annoying clogged pores and zits. Once the acid mantle is disturbed, an off-balance can disrupt this natural process.
On the other side, making the skin too alkaline can also bring about an array of issues! A skin’s pH that is too high can immediately result in dryness and you will likely see these signs of aging increased when the acid mantle is disrupted. At the same time, your pores will respond to this excessive dryness in a flurry by producing even more sebum. This is a reason why you may get breakouts despite having dry skin.
Products for pH Balanced Peels-
pH levels vary by individual. However, did you know that what you put on your skin on a daily basis significantly affects your pH balance? Cleansing is important to remove excess dirt and oil, but choosing a product that is too acidic or alkaline can throw off your pH level. Look for mild cleansers free of harsh acids, alcohols and sodium laureth sulfate—all of which can wreak havoc on the acid mantle. Choose carefully cleansers and moisturisers that are “pH-balanced.”
Cleansing morning and night is essential, but you still need a balancing solution. This is when toner becomes your best friend. Toners not only remove dirt and oil your cleanser may’ve missed, but they also help to balance out your pH levels afterward.
No matter what your skin type, a moisturiser is the key to your skin’s hydration. Moisturiser’s restore hydration and help balance the skin.
For treatments -such as peels, pH is a very important determining factor of the effectiveness of the product—more than the percentage of active ingredients. e.g- a product with 50% lactic acid at a pH of 5 is far less effective than a 30% lactic acid at a pH of 2.
There are plenty of “peels” available for home use that provide superficial exfoliation and can help you maintain even-toned, healthy skin. But don’t be fooled by the advertising of some of the high percentage’s of active ingredients, as the results truly lies in the pH level.
The Cosmetic Company Gel Peels are formulated with the right pH levels to offer optimum results- whilst being super safe on the skin and not upsetting the acid mantle!