Summer is almost here ladies! For us on the Northern hemisphere, we are starting to really feel that warm weather which means our skin will start to change! Warmer weather makes our bodies switch gears, making us feel less likely to reach for comfort foods, and more likely to reach for salads and fruits. Yet, not only does the warm weather affect our food cravings, it also makes our skin change, and drastically!
Warmer weather can stimulate our skin, causing the pores on our face to naturally open just a little more, causing our oil production to boost. This leads to those classic oil summer faces we all know too well. Making it easier for our skin to get clogged pores from excess oil, and acne breakouts. So how do we combat this? By switching from our fall & winter skincare, to our spring & summer skincare! It’s time to pass up on the heavy moisturizing creams and check out some new summer skincare trend that you need to start using asap to keep your skin looking healthy this summer season!
NEW SUMMER SKINCARE TRENDSROSES, ROSES, ROSES!
If you’ve always been in the skincare game, then you might be thinking roses aren’t new! But boy are roses taking on a whole new approach! The world is going gaga over rose infused skincare all over again! Not just the use of rose water as a gentle toner, but you can now find it as a featured ingredient in skin hydrating serums, creams, mists and lotions! If you haven’t given roses a chance, you might want to consider trying it out. Roses water when used on the skin provide anti-inflammatory benefits, which can help with some types of acne, rosacea, eczema and more. Aside from that, rose water can also help a little bit to control excess oil production which can lead to clogged pores. The big bonus? It also contains antioxidants to help slow down skin aging! This is one summer skincare trend you need to try out!
BHA is taking the global market by storm! However, it might not always be marketed as BHA but instead as just a “skin exfoliator”, but if you take a look at the ingredients, you will see Salicylic acid as the key ingredient. This spring and summer skincare trends are busting out skin exfoliators and we love seeing this! If you have been in the Korean skincare game prior, then you might be well versed in the world of liquid skin exfoliators such as BHA & AHA, but the western market is picking up on the trend and making it big this summer. BHA skin exfoliators are a great addition to the summer skincare trends this year, as BHA does not make the skin much more susceptible to the harmful rays of the sun, making it the best summer skincare addition to help unclog pores, control oil, fight acne and get you on the path to clear skin!
Now… this really shouldn’t be a new trend, but in certain parts of the world, the use of SPF on the face isn’t nearly pushed as much as it should be, however this year in summer skincare trends we are seeing a huge increase in the amount of brands launching SPF for the face! If you don’t already know, no matter where you live in the world, what weather condition it is or what season it is, the sun causes 90%+ of skin aging! So if you want to stay younger looking for longer, be sure you always use an SPF for the face everyday with at least a power of SPF 40+. Thankfully, we are seeing this as one of the biggest summer skincare trends this year! This is one trend you 100% do not want to skip out of! If you are concerned about missing out on your summer tan, don’t worry, you will still slowly tan through SPF depending on your skin type. If not, then hope on the spray tan wagon as at home self tanners is one of the biggest markets these days!
Even though it’s summer and we generally want to avoid too much oil on the skin, the glossy glow is still one of the top summer skincare trends. But it’s important you look like you are glowing, and not like you’re oily. This spring and summer season, we are seeing brands launching loads of hydrating serums and lotions to give your skin that healthy “quenched” glow without the oily effect. So if you want your skin to naturally glow from within this summer, grab yourself a hydrating serum or lotion! They not only will keep your skin healthy this summer, but also keep you looking fresher than ever.
Let’s face it, with summer quickly approaching to use in the northern hemisphere, we certainly want our skin to be in its best condition for the hot minimal makeup days to come. Yet, not only does that fact that we want to wear less base makeup have a roll on how our skin looks, but so does that drastic changes in the weather going from cold and dry, to hot and humid. These weather changes can easily make our skin prone to breaking out and become significantly more oily. This is why it is so important for us to change our skincare routine with every change of season to best suit what our skin truly needs in care to stay healthy and maintain the wonderful look of clear skin.
So with spring here and summer on its way, it’s time to ditch the heavy moisturizing creams and switch to some lightweight hydrating and oily controlling skincare to get clear skin just in time for summer.
THE CLEAR SKIN ROUTINE
CLEANSING: Clear skin starts with how you cleanse your face, especially at night! A deep and gentle cleanse is the right way to get you on the fast track to clear skin which is why we always recommend a 2 step cleansing routine at night. Start with an oil cleanser to dissolve makeup and SPF while pulling all the dirt from the day out of your pores. Rinse with lukewarm water and a washcloth, then foam cleans with a charcoal based natural facial soap. This will pull any excess oil out from deep within the pores without stripping the skin of its natural protective barrier.
TONING: One of the most important steps to skincare which is often skipped is using a toner after cleansing. Toning is very important as it closes the pores after you cleanse, making sure the pores do not appear bigger and prevents new dirt from getting inside which can result in acne pimples. This step when using a correct product can also balance the skins pH and hydration levels, making it healthier than ever before and boosting the effects of the skincare you use afterwards.
Treatment: If you have any skin concerns such as dark spots, rough skin texture or active acne, then this is the part of your clear skin routine where you want to use treatment products in serum/liquid form. If you have dark spots, start using a vitamin C serum at night to fade dark spots and promote skin healing and anti-ageing. If you have a rough skin texture due to surface clogged pores or dry skin build up, then try using an AHA product as these exfoliate the surface of the skin to smooth out the texture and also fade dark spots. If you have clogged pores and acne, then try using a BHA treatment, this type of product works from within to create clear skin by unclogging the pores and refining pores and excessive oil production.
Moisturize: Once your treatment is done, it’s time to top it off with a moisturizing lotion or gel of your choice. Since summer is around the corner, to achieve clear skin, you don’t want to be piling on too many heavy creams as your skin most likely doesn’t need it. Stick to using a multifunctional lotion that will provide lightweight anti-ageing benefits without being heavy on the skin. If you have more oily skin, then stick to using a Gel moisturizer with anti-aging benefits that add hydration, a little moisture and nourishment without adding heavy oils and clogging the pores.
Day-Time SPF: Aside from Nighttime skincare, always make sure you use an SPF during the day no matter what season it is. The suns UV rays lead to 90%+ of skin ageing including wrinkles, dark spots and more. Use a facial SPF of 40 daily, especially when using treatment skincare for clear skin such as Vitamin C and AHA. To maintain clear skin year round, always use an SPF designed for the face to limit the chances of irritation and clogged pores.
When it comes to the North American drugstore market for sunscreen, the most commonly popular choice is your staple Neutrogena sunscreen. The household Neutrogena sunscreen has been around forever as the most popular affordable dermatologist recommend sunscreen for all ages. Although in recent years, sunscreen for the face has become much more popular for all ages as we are now more educated on the negative effects the sun has on our skin, especially when it comes to advanced skin ageing. Well if you are looking to branch out and find a new alternative for your go-to Neutrogena sunscreen and are looking for a sunscreen from the Korean market, then you have landed at the right place!
South Korea is the leading country in advanced skincare and beauty. In fact, over the past 10 years, many skincare trends and changed in the North American skincare industry has all branched from the South Korean industry. So if you are curious to try out a new sunscreen and are looking for something from Korea, then you are making a wise choice! The use of sunscreen on the face is most certainly the most practised skincare step in South Korea for women of all ages, both young and old. This has lead to advancements in formulations that will not only deliver advanced sun protection, but also rich skincare whilst all being very gentle on the skin.
Something other than Neutrogena Sunscreen?
So are you convinced to try something new? If you are, then I highly recommend trying the Klairs Mid Day Blue Sun Lotion! This sunscreen for the face from the Klairs brand has been specifically formulated to be suitable for those with very sensitive and acne-prone skin. For the individuals who have always had a hard time finding a sunscreen for the face that doesn’t irritate the skin or clog the pores. As well as for those who want a sunscreen that can also function as a day cream during the warmer months, the Klairs Mid Day Blue Sun Lotion does all that!
So what’s the break down on this sunscreen? Essentially, is has been formulated with a “minimalistic” ingredient selection. One that contains a dual function sunscreen that protects for a long time, without clogging pores and causing irritation. This is a gentle mix of both chemical and physical SPF ingredients, delivering dual function protection. Aside from SPF, this sunscreen contains skin healing, nourishing, moisturizing and light-weight anti-aging ingredients that will not only moisturize, hydrate and protect the skin from the sun, but also aid to heal the skin from any imperfections, redness, irritation and help turn back the time on fine lines and slow down the clock on skin aging.
Although all those benefits can sound like they will be heavy on the skin, they actually are not! The formula absorbs into the skin leaving a lovely light layer of moisture on the skin without feeling heavy or cakey. Making it a great day/day lotion alternative that has SPF 40 PA+++ UVA and UVB! For high sun protection during your busy day! So maybe it is time to step away from your usual drugstore Neutrogena sunscreen and try out this best selling Korean sunscreen for the face!
You’ve heard of Retinol, now you want to dive deeper into what exactly Retinol is and how it can benefit your skin. Well, we are here to tell you! Retinol certainly is not a new ingredient on the market, as it has been around for quite a long time in different variations as one of the most classic and traditional ingredients in skin cell turn over and wrinkle fading technology. So let us dive deeper into what Retinol is and what it does for our skin.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a form and derivative of Vitamin A. Vitamin A in the form of Retinol is most commonly used to benefit our skin by significantly increasing our cell turn over rate. By mean of encouraging the skin to shed dead skin cells much faster than it naturally would on its own. The process of increasing the skin cell turn over rate helps to unclog pores, fade acne scars and other forms of skin discoloration, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even help boost the skin collagen levels. In turn, Retinol is one powerhouse ingredient that can give you flawless looking skin over time with the correct use.
How to use Retinol
Now that we know Retinol is such an amazing skin perfecting ingredient, we certainly want to start using it in our routines if we have skin concerns we are looking to improve on such as acne, acne scars, discoloration, clogged pores, and wrinkles. But where does one start and what types of products can be used that include Retinol? The answer comes in many different forms! Retinol products can be purchased in skincare, in these cases, the Retinol is in low doses. This is because Retinol can be damaging to the skin if too much is used. Using active Retinol in skincare is one of the safest and easiest ways to incorporate this ingredient into your routine. Retinol skincare generally comes in the form of anti-wrinkle products, AHA exfoliants, brightening serums and spot treatments for dark spots.
Another way to start using Retinol is in prescription form. Retinol can be prescribed to your from a dermatologist if you have acne scarring, deep wrinkles or hyperpigmentation concerns that need a form of Retinol that is more powerful than what can be purchased in skincare items. But we warned, Retinol in higher percentages than what is sold on the public markets can be damaging to the skin if not used correctly. So be sure to discuss these options with your dermatologist thoroughly before using.
Finally, Retinol is often used for certain chemical peels at spa and dermatologist clinics. Since Retinol is a form of exfoliant, in high percentages in a control situation, it can be used to chemically exfoliate the surface layer of the skin off, which is known as a Retinol chemical peel. These chemical peels are often used in cases where clients have skin concerns such as chronic clogged pores, acne, skin textural issues, dark spots and scar removal and wrinkle fading. These treatments are intensive methods of resolving skin concerns, however, because of the intensive treatment, sufficient downtime is required after chemical peels as well as avoiding sunlight for a few days to allow your skin to heal. These treatments are intensive, yet they leave the skin feeling baby smooth and looking impeccable once healed!
So which form of Retinol would you use? Basic skin care, Clinical grade at home care, or chemical peels? Good luck on your journey to healthier and more youthful looking skin!
When it comes to the treatment of dry skin, many often look to different types of oils and kinds of butter from nature to provide their skin with the right care it needs. The most commonly known dry skin choices can be shea butter and coconut oil, however, there is another butter from nature that is just as effective at treating dry skin while smelling amazing and providing some killer benefits to the skin, aside from improving dryness. That ingredient is cocoa butter!
Cocoa Butter Benefits for the Skin
Cocoa Butter is an excellent skincare ingredient to have in your routine if you are looking for a natural and gentle way to strengthen and heal the skin while being gentle on the skin. Cocoa Butter is wonderful for providing the skin with deep nutrition, helping to restore the skins natural moisture barrier. Not only that, it also creates a barrier of its own, protecting the skin from moisture loss throughout the day thanks to its wonderful emollient properties. Thanks to its rich properties, cocoa butter has also been known to aid in restoring firmness, elasticity and assist in the fading of stretch marks on the skin. Along with skin restoration, this powerhouse butter also contains anti-inflammatory benefits! Helping to reduce inflammation in the skin which can be due to skin irritation, reactions, and even acne flare-ups. In some cases, cocoa butter has also been known to provide a small amount of UV protection on the skin as well as some antioxidant benefits and rich fatty acids! However, on that note, due to the richness of cocoa butter, it can in some cases be comedogenic when used in excess. So if you are prone to pore clogging, be sure to check and make sure the products you choose only contain a moderate amount of this heavenly butter.
How to Use Cocoa Butter
If you have dry skin that experience irritation and inflammation, then you certainly should consider looking for skincare items that contain this skin healing ingredient. Cocoa butter not only can be found in skincare creams, but it can also be found in some natural based facial cleansers. If you are looking for a gentle way to incorporate cocoa butter into your skincare routine, then starting with a cleanser is a great option!
If you know your skin is extremely dry and needs more than just a cream, then there is good news! Cocoa butter can easily be purchased at health food stores in bulk, making it a great natural face mask when your skin is in need of some serious TLC. If you are planning to buy in bulk, be sure to look for natural organic cocoa butter to ensure it’s in it’s cleanest form for facial application. Not only can you then use it on your skin, but you can also cook with cocoa butter, as the rich fatty acids are excellent to encourage healthy skin, hair and nail growth. It also can assist in joint pain and stomach health when used in cooking.
If you haven’t used cocoa butter in your life and have only been using coconut oil or shea butter, then expand your routine and try something new, it might just be exactly what your skin and body needs!
Are you new to the world of anti-aging? Well if so, you need to remember to start looking beyond skincare for the face and towards skincare for your hands! Yes, that is correct, not only do you need to take proper care of the skin on your face and neck to maintain healthy youthful looking skin, but also your hands.
Hand Cream & Anti-Aging
Throughout the years in women’s beauty, the number 1 signs of someone’s true age is always the hands and the neck! These are the 2 most common places women neglect when it comes to anti-aging skincare. The neck and the hands are 2 areas on the body that have a thin layer of skin that experiences a large amount of movement.Not only does the next and have experienced much movement that can accelerate the appearance of skin aging, but the skin on the hands is the most exposed to environmental stressors and harsh chemicals from daily life. Things like dish soap, hand soap, UV rays from the sun, hair dye, detergents and other aggressors can seriously advance the signs of aging on the hands.
The most common age giveaway in mild aged and elderly women is always linked to the appearance of their hands. Which is why it just as important to treat your hands with the same care you give to your face and neck, especially if anti-aging is something you want to take seriously as a young woman. So where do you start? using hand cream daily is a great start to anti-aging care for your hands. As we age, our skin naturally produces less and less collagen and peptides which make our skin look youthful. This can be very apparent in the hands. If you have started to notice your hands feel dry, tight and itchy on a daily basis, then it is time to use hand cream daily to slow down the appearance of aging on the hands.
Hand Cream Hacks
1: If you are looking for some serious anti-aging hand cream and hand care hacks, then try using gloves! There are such things as hand masks on the market, but you can easily create a just as effective hand treatment at home by simply using gloves with your hand cream of choice! Simply apply a generous amount of hand cream to your hands, then apply some latex or hair dying gloves and leave on for 15-20 minutes! Once the time is up, remove the gloves then massage the remaining hand cream into the skin. You can also use coconut oil instead of hand cream, just make sure to rinse it off well with warm water once the time is up if you choose to use coconut oil.
2: Let’s be honest, sometimes we feel too lazy to be bothered with the extra step of applying hand cream daily. Not only are we lazy, but the feeling of hand cream can also be annoying if you still plan to use your hands for tasks or to check your mobile devices. So for this hack, simply add a little extra skincare for your face when you are doing your evening skincare routine. Then whatever skincare is excess on your hands from massaging on the face, simply massage the remainder into the hands and neck! This is a simple and easy way for us lazy anti-aging skincare fans to remember to take care of our hands all while doing your evening routine. Plus, our facial skincare tends to have more anti-aging ingredients in it than simple hand cream. Not only are you saving time, but you’re also getting more benefits!
So remember ladies, if you are getting into the world of anti-aging, it is not only important to take care of your face, but also your neck and the hands! Not to mention, you can even take that extra step and work to take care of your feet and body as well as these areas can be just as neglected as the neck and hands when it comes to anti-aging skincare. Let’s work to keep our skin all over looking healthier and youthful, longer!
If you’re fairly new to the world of skincare, then you might be familiar to toners as they are generally a basic essential along with cleanser and cream. However, there actually are different types of toners that are advertised as toners, but technically classify as astringents for the skin. There is a small difference between astringents and actual toners that make a significant difference to the skin. So let’s dive into what makes toners different from astringents!
What is an Astringent?
Astringents are liquid skincare that is used after the cleansing process to tighten pores, wipe away remaining skin oils and clear away bacteria. What makes an astringent effective is the presence of alcohol in the formula. Generally, astringent’s contain a large amount of alcohol and other oil stripping ingredients. Alongside alcohol, astringents usually contain oil-controlling ingredients that will help to inhibit the formation of oils on the skin throughout the day. These skincare products are very harsh on the skin, therefore, they should only be used on those who have extremely oily skin types and if recommended use by a dermatologist. Astringents are certainly effective at oil control, but they are not recommended for everyone to use as these products can generally cause problems for those who have combination, normal and dry skin types. Yet they can be ideal for those with excessively oily skin types.
Toner is a liquid skincare product used the same way as an astringent, after cleansing to tighten pores, clear away remaining cleanser and dirt, and prepares the skin for the next skincare products to come. Toners are generally more of a skin prepping product that makes sure the skin is full of hydration after cleansing, restoring balance to the skin, closing pores and allowing the skin to better absorb additional skincare. Making sure you get the maximum benefit of your skincare routine. Generally, toners can also balance the skins pH level after cleansing, as cleansing the skin can sometimes disrupt the natural pH level. Toners generally contain little to no alcohol in their formulas and instead focus on hydrating, pore tightening and gentle cleansing ingredients that are usually derived from nature. Avoiding harsh chemical ingredients, making toners ideal for those with combination, normal, dry, acne-prone and sensitive skin types.
So, which is the perfect choice? There really isn’t one as every skin type is different and require different treatments for the types of concerns you may have. A better understanding of each product is always the first step into finding the perfect product for your skin. Whether it be astringent or toner, your skin needs the best care that it deserves. If you are still unsure of which is the best choice for your skin, then I recommend starting with a proper toner, as this is the safest way to learn if your skin truly needs an astringent or not. If toner tends to make your skin become oily faster, or makes your skin more oily than before, then it might be the best choice to use an astringent rather than a toner. If you are still feeling unsure of which to choose, then it might be the best choice to discuss your skin with a medical professional, such as a dermatologist. By doing so, you will be able to have a professional analysis of your skin and what your skin truly needs to be healthy and look it’s absolute best all year round.
When it comes to anti-aging and skin transforming products, one of the most underrated ingredients out there most certainly is Niacinamide. Niacin can be found in many K-Beauty skincare products and have recently be more commonly adopted into western skincare as well. This revolutionary ingredient could just be the breakthrough your skin needs to help resolve the skin concerns you have been having. But, what exactly is Niacin and how does it benefit our skin?
What is Niacin?
Niacin or Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B or rather, Vitamin B3. This vitamin ingredient is just as amazing Retinol and Vitamin C as it works to help the treatment of enlarged pores, Improve dull tired looking skin, even out an uneven skin tone, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and strengthen skin that has become weakened. It can also help improve the negative effects of environmental stress on the skin! Niacin is one vitamin ingredient you certainly do not want to skip out on if you have any of the skin concerns that were previously mentioned. So, how does one start using Niacin in their skincare routine?
How to Use Niacin
As mentioned previously, Niacin has become more easily accessible in skincare and is especially present in K-beauty skincare. Niacin is a common ingredient found in K-beauty skincare that focuses on improving the skin appearance via brightening dull skin for a more flawless and perfect looking complexion. For an even, poreless appearance we all want to achieve via our skincare routines. The easiest way to incorporate the amazing niacin into your routine is to find it in:
Niacin can be commonly found in these k-beauty items and in some western items. If you want to achieve the maximum benefits of niacin from your routine, then it is best to look for high amounts of niacin in serums & creams. Serums are products that contain higher concentrates of ingredients to provide effective treatment to the skin. Having Niacin in a serum is a foolproof way to ensure you are getting all the benefits of Niacin from your skincare. Alongside serums. Finding Niacin in a cream to add to your serum is a great way to boost the effects of your serum with a cream.
When choosing skincare with Niacin in it, be sure to always look at the ingredients list to see where Niacinamide is located in the list. If it is located near the bottom of the list, then you are getting a small amount of niacin within the product. If it is located near the top of the list, then you can be sure you’re getting a significant amount of niacin within your product.
So don’t delay! Get some Niacinamide in your skincare routine asap for more flawless, glowing skin this year!
If you are suffering from acne scars, dark spots on the skin, dull tired looking skin and more, then you might want to consider adding some vit c products into your life! Vit C has been on the markets for skincare for quite a while now but not everyone is informed of just how powerful and transforming vitamin c can truly be for your skin. It is one vitamin you are going to want to find a way to include in your current skincare routine no matter what skin type you have!
Vit C Skin Benefits
How to use Vit C
Well now that we know vitamin c is such an amazing ingredient to include in your routine, we now need to learn the different ways we can incorporate this amazing vitamin into our current skincare routines. Vitamin C can be found in many different forms of skincare, and choosing the right product is where it all starts.
Vitamin C in the form of serums is one of the most intensive and powerful ways you can include this vitamin in your routine to gain the maximum benefits. Serum forms generally contain a very high amount of vitamin c, making them the most effective at providing all the benefits of vitamin c. If you want to target multiple skin concerns to create flawless looking skin fast, then serums are the right choice for you. However, vit c in high concentrates and expire more quickly, as the higher the amount of vitamin c, the more unstable it is once opened. Generally, serums will need to be used regularly and stored in a cold dry place like the fridge to preserve it longer. But trust me, it’s worth it if you want to transform your skin! TRY:BywishtrendPure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum (vitamin c serum)
Vit c can also often be found in the form of sheet masks for the skin. This form of vitamin c skincare provides intensive vit c treatment with one use masks. These masks are great if you want to give your skin a little mini vitamin c treatment that is gentler than a serum and give you that fast brightening, glowing skin you want with added hydration. These sheet masks are often recommended to be used after any form of exfoliation treatment such as microdermabrasion or micro needling. Doubles the benefits of those treatments. The bonus is if you use a vitamin c sheet mask alongside a serum, it will boost the effects of the serum, making it even more effective. TRY:Bywishtrend Natural Vitamin 21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask
Lastly, vit c can also be found in some creams. However, the vitamin c content in creams in generally the lowest amount compared to sheet masks and serums. Creams that contain vitamin c are a great option if you don’t have many skin concerns, but you still want to give you skin a little boost to look it’s best, plus enjoy the powerful anti-aging benefits from the antioxidants in vit c. But if you use a cream alongside a vitamin c serum, you can drastically boost the effects of the serum, making it possible to see results faster than if you were to use a serum on it’s own. TRY:Bywishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream
A Fair Warning
So now that you know all the wonderful benefits of vitamin c, its time to take into consideration the side effects of using such an amazing ingredient. Let’s face it, it can’t really be that good to be true. Down to the nitty-gritty, vit c in all it’s glory, can also be damaging on the skin when use incorrectly. Vitamin C is a powerful exfoliate as it is a form of acid (ascorbic acid) which is a type of AHA (alpha hydroxy acid). AHA’s work by exfoliating away the top layer of the skin gently. The result is that the skin becomes more sensitive when used, making it more prone to damage from the sun and external aggressors. If you plan to use any form of vitamin c products, then make sure you always use an SPF during the daytime on your face. If you do not use an SPF, your skin will only gain more dark spots over time. Aside from the sun, vitamin c can be irritating to some sensitive skin types, so be sure to slowly introduce vit c into your routine so your skin has time to get used to the acid. On the topic of acids and sensitivity, vitamin C should not be used at the same time as any other acids. If you are currently using acids in your routine aside from vitamin c, the make sure you use them at different times as using multiple asides at one time can cause serious skin irritation from a chemical reaction and over exfoliation. For example, use vitamin c at night, then the next night, use your other acid.
If you have taken any type of Chemistry course, then you might already have a general understanding of what pH is. Just like in chemistry, pH has the same principle with our skin as it determines the level of acidity or alkalinity of our skins state. As humans made mostly of water, we, in turn, want our skin to have a closely matches the pH level of water, at a neutral 7. If your skin’s pH is higher or lower (lower being more acidic and higher being more alkaline) it can then determine what your general skin type is or the concerns you may have for your skin.
What is pH: Acidic Skin
Is your skin constantly oily? If yes, then you most likely have acidic skin. If the skin is acidic with a lower pH level, then your number on the pH scale for your skin would be below that of a neutral 7. Skin with a lower pH level can become oily when it naturally is trying to balance the oil levels out within your skin to naturally regulate the pH level. However, this can be an endless battle for the skin. In this case, you should be looking to regulate your skins pH level by using pH neutral skincare, adding hydration to the skin and drinking lemon water to help balance out your body’s internal pH level. Lemon water helps to build up alkalinity in the skin, lifting your pH level from a low acidic to a neutral state in time.
What is pH: Alkaline Skin
Is your skin constantly dry? If yes then you most likely have alkaline skin. In this case, your skin’s pH number would be higher than a neutral 7. When this occurs, the skin tends to become dry and lacking in natural oils. It is important to treat dry alkaline skin types with gentle care as these skin types tend to be more sensitive and delicate compared to oily acidic skin types. Using a pH neutral cleanser and skincare routine is a great way to stabilize the skin’s pH level. Aside from skincare, consider drinking more water and foods that contain healthy fats such as salmon, nuts, and avocados.
How to Manage the skin’s pH level
Of course, the right diet case significantly influences your bodies pH level to a neutral state. However, the proper care on the outside is very important to jump start your skin’s pH level regulation. Using a pH neutral cleanser is a great start as cleansers can be the biggest culprits that can drastically disrupt our skins external pH level. When shopping for facial cleansers, always be sure to look and see if the product is pH neutral.