If you have been keeping up with any of the the latest trends in the beauty world, monitoring the pH levels of your products seems,t o be the next big thing. But if you are anything like me all this pH talk probably has a lot of you overwhelmed and confused. Let’s try and break this down together.
So you are probably wondering what the heck does pH mean anyways? Well it is the scientific measure of the acidity and alkalinity of any liquid substance. p stands for power and H stands for hyrodgen ion concentration.
What does this mean for your beauty products?
If your beauty products have the wrong pH level they can really do a number on your skin and hair. A neutral solution has a pH of a level 7. Anything that is less than 7 is more alkaline and anything greater than a 7 is more acidic. The skin needs to have an ideal pH of about 7.3-7.4. When the pH is too high or to low it throws off the protective layer of skin on the surface of the skin.
What happens when the pH is wrong?
Some products can be more irritating to the skin than beneficial because their pH levels are all wrong for us. Some products can even trigger skin ailments like eczema, rosacea, and acne. If a product causes the outer skin layer to become too alkaline it can causes dryness which leads to fine lines and wrinkles.
Unfortunately there is nothing regulating the need to put the pH levels on your products, and unless you plan to go out and buy litmus indicator test strips you will have to do some internet research on what the pH levels are for specific products. The best practice is to try and pay attention to how your skin reacts to what you are using. If your skin isn’t feeling normal and looking healthy then you must find out what it needs to get “balanced” again!