The term ‘pH’ means ‘potential of hydrogen.’ Potential hydrogen (pH), in skincare, refers to the acidity levels of your skin. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14 and 7 is considered to be neutral. The average pH level of skin is said to be 5. Neutral ph levels of skin mean it’s healthy and if it is too high or too low means a problem with skin health.
Skin’s outermost protective layer is called the acid mantle which is made up of sebum produced by your skin. The sebum mixes with the lactic and amino acids found in sweat to create your skin’s pH. Oily skin types, therefore, tend to experience excessive oiliness if it’s pH level is off due to its overly acidic nature and dry skin tends to get extremely dry if there is an imbalance due to its alkaline nature. Your skin health is good when there is a balance between its acidity and alkalinity.
Here are some things that you can do to maintain the skin’s pH level
1. The use of Apple cider vinegar is beneficial for regulating your skin’s pH levels. Add half a cup of apple cider vinegar with four cups of water. Mix well and store in a spray bottle. Use it as a toner.
3. Oily, combination, dry, and sensitive skin can all benefit from a natural skin toner such as rose water which is soothing, calming, and retains hydration and helps in regulating your skin’s pH level.
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4. Using mid soaps , moisturizers, and other pH balanced skincare products will keep your skin hydrated and can help in maintaining its acid balance.