A Basic understanding of skin PH
A basic understanding of skin pH is useful.
The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline it is. On a scale of 1-14, with 1 being the most acidic to 14 being the most alkaline, 7 is considered a neutral reading for your skin’s pH.
Our skin is naturally designed to fight infection and environmental stresses and its ability to do so is affected by its pH level. The skin’s barrier, known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in lipids (fats) and moisture while blocking out germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria.
The acid mantle is a thin layer made up of sebum (free fatty acids) excreted from the skin’s sebaceous glands, which mixes with the lactic and amino acids from your sweat.
Ideally, for your skin to be in its best shape to do its job the acid mantle should be slightly acidic, at a 5.5 pH balance. When it’s too alkaline, skin becomes dry and sensitive
There are many factors that can interfere with the delicate balance of the skin’s acid mantle, both externally and internally. As we age, our skin becomes more acidic in response to our lifestyle and our environment. Everything that comes in contact with our skin (products, smoking, air, water, sun, pollution) can contribute to the breaking down of the acid mantle, disrupting the skin’s ability to protect itself.
Correcting Skin PH
Correcting a too acid or too alkaline skin isn’t as simple as a quick spray of a product a couple of minutes prior to receiving a Spray Tan.
Correcting a pH issue will involve any number of steps from diet, hydration, correct cleansers, regular moisturizing with the correct product, reduce exposure to UV, smoking and other known skin pollutants.
This of course will take time. It is a many pronged approach and not a quick fix.
What can SunFX do to help skin ph
We can help in a number of ways to support maintaining an optimal skin PH.
- Tanning solutions whos ingredients are focussed only on hydrating & tanning the skin whilst maintaining a a balanced PH of approx 5.5
- Pre tan primer spray that gently cleanses without alcohol and provides a layer of potent Australian Native actives that are proven to help balance and allow your skin to absorb hydrating ingredients as well as supporting your skin’s natural barrier.
- Provide before and after daily care products such as our gentle cleansers, lotions and oils where we have taken great care to ensure they don’t strip your natural oils.
- Active serums that are packed full of antioxidents that allow you to provide topical support to a client’s skin combating the rigors of environmental damage.