Your skin’s pH is one of those hidden factors that most of us never really think about. That isn’t the best approach for long-term skin care, but the simple fact is that it isn’t something that typically comes up in the basics. It is something we learn about later from gurus or a dermatologist who helps us understand that product choice actually matters more than we think. Your skin has a natural pH that typically rests somewhere between 5.0 and 6.0. This makes your skin slightly acidic to the touch. You’d never know how good this is for your without someone telling you. That’s the perfect environment for supporting your support team: skin friendly bacteria. These bacteria are part of your personal biome and help keep you and your skin healthy. That makes it important to avoid throwing your skin’s pH in a loop quite important. With that in mind, we’re going to touch on a few of the things you should avoid doing or using if you want to keep your skin’s pH happy.
Don’t Change Routine Too Often
It is inevitable that most of us are going to change up our skincare routines occasionally. The catch is that you don’t want to do this too often. Your products have an effect on your skin’s pH levels and swapping too often and too fast can overload your skin. This is especially true if you’re trying out too many different chemical exfoliants or cleansers in a row. Your skin needs time to recover and find a new balance when your change your routine and that takes times. You also need to use a product for at least a month to determine if it is actually going to do your skin any good. If you remember that, then you’ll have a fairly natural limiter in place that should keep you from being too enthusiastic about switching up your routine constantly. Another good way is to only change one part of your routine at a time if you need a change and slowly let your skin adjust. It should prevent wild fluctuations in your skin’s pH.
Don’t Load Up On Acidic Food and Drink
Sorry coffee lovers, but your favorite drink might be working against you in this case. Your diet affects your skin’s health. This is a basic tenet of skincare that most of us know, but it doesn’t stop applying simply because we’re looking at a different factor of skincare. As a result, you need to be mindful of what you’re putting into your body consistently. A lot of us use coffee as a way to get up in the morning and keep ourselves awake during the slow parts of day. Most of the time this is going to be okay as you’d need to drink unsafe levels of coffee for it to become a true problem. The catch is that we can also like acidic foods and have those in our diet. For instance, if you’ve got a lot of coffee and salsa in your diet, then you’re probably going to enjoy acid reflux eventually and you may be making your skin just that much more acidic than it needs to be for its health. So eat a rich, varied diet that favors cooking with less processed foods to keep your skin happy.
Be Mindful Of Your Products
There are countless products in the skincare world. It is honestly hard to keep up with them most of the time simply because new ones comes out every month. The catch is you can actually help your skin’s pH by being careful about what you use. Look for pH balanced products that are meant to work within your skin’s natural pH range so that they don’t upset your skin. Additionally, be very mindful of particularly harsh products such as bar soap that actually neutralize acidity. Such harsh products will hurt your skin in the long run. Fortunately, fewer and fewer people use such harsh products when caring for their skin, but it does still need to be mentioned as it isn’t universal knowledge yet. Ensuring your products are doing you favors and not hurting your skin will also go a long way towards ensuring you’re not regularly playing havoc with your skin’s pH.
Messing with your skin’s pH levels isn’t the end of the world, but it can end up costing you the healthy skin you want if you’re not careful. Your skin’s natural light acidity comes from a combination of your natural oils and sweat. It creates the perfect environment for beneficial bacteria that help keep your skin and body healthy. Messing up their environment costs your body as it has to pick up the slack where the bacteria were otherwise doing work. So be mindful of habits that hurt your skin’s pH and try to minimize them or avoid them entirely.