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Posted on April 11, 2017 by Caitlin
What is ‘pH balanced’? What does it mean? Which parts of your body should be pH balanced? Why is the ‘p’ small and the ‘H’ big? So many questions, and while we still don’t know why the ‘p’ is small and the ‘H’ is big (one of life’s great mysteries), we do know a thing or two about using pH balanced skincare products to keep your skin fresh, healthy and blemish-free. Here’s everything you need to know:
WHAT DOES pH EVEN MEAN?
Let’s travel back to age 15; you’re sitting in your chemistry class, and your teacher is saying words that you don’t quite remember now. That’s OK, all you really need to know is that pH is a scale which measures acidity and alkalinity, with 0 being the most acidic, and 14 being the most alkaline.
To give you more of an idea of what this scale looks like, imagine the water that comes out of your tap sitting at the 7 mark on the scale, which is neutral, and your skin’s natural pH sitting at around the 5 mark on the scale, which is ever so slightly acidic.
WHY IS pH BALANCED SKINCARE IMPORTANT?
Although it sounds super gross, your skin actually needs to be pH balanced to support its natural bacteria and fungal growth (*casual dry heave*), which is needed for it to stay healthy and for you to have that gorgeous complexion you dream of for your face, and clear skin over the rest of your body too.
When it’s balanced, your skin’s natural pH also helps to provide a protective barrier of moisture, which in turn keeps out the free radicals that cause our skin to age. Using pH balanced skincare means your skin stays at its optimum pH level, and therefore your skin is in its best condition.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR SKIN IS TOO ALKALINE OR TOO ACIDIC?
If the pH balance of your skin is too far towards the alkaline or acidic side, then you’ll start to notice skin issues such as dryness, irritation, itching and even redness.
WHAT ABOUT...YOU KNOW…DOWN THERE?
Huh? What are you talking about?
YOU KNOW...YOUR 'AREA'??
Oh, you mean your vagina! Gotcha. We don’t talk about it enough, but having a pH balanced body wash is especially important for those intimate areas of the body. These are usually the first to become irritated, and not using the right products can sometimes even cause infections such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush. Yikes!
SO WHAT SHOULD I BE USING?
Check your products to find out if they are pH balanced. Many harsh soaps and bath/shower products tend to be too alkaline for the skin...but not on our watch. Our brand new range of Body Washes are all perfectly pH balanced and tailor-made for sensitive skin, not to mention they smell like you’re on holiday on a tropical island. A skin win indeed.
You can get your hands on our brand new Body Washes right now, available in mouthwatering Mangosteen, Thyme and Mandarin, delicious Wild Mint, Lime and Pineapple, and exotic Frangipani, Star Anise and Tiare Flower!