The Skinny on pH

Do you know what pH stands for or why the pH level is  important in skin care products? Here is a quick explanation to help you be an informed, savvy skin care shopper.

Those two little letters, pH, stands for “potential of hydrogen” and reflects the number of hydrogen ions in a particular solution. More hydrogen ions make a solution more acidic. Fewer hydrogen ions create an alkaline solution. The scale for pH level is 0 – 14. Neutral on the scale is 7. If a solution is less than 7, it is acidic. Solutions higher than 7 are alkaline.

Here’s why pH is important in skin care products. Skin needs to be slightly acidic in order to deal with environmental factors like bacteria and other toxins. Normal skin pH ranges from 4.5 – 5.5. The active pH of a product determines its ability to actually penetrate the skin. A product should be below the pH level of the skin (or less than 4.5) for maximum penetration. If it’s not, the product isn’t any more effective than using water.

To be a smart skin care buyer, it is important to know pH level of the products you are buying. This will help you to determine their effectiveness. Cleansers should have a pH level higher than 3.5 A cleanser with less than 3.5 will strip your skin and leave it irritated. The optimum level for AHAs is between 3.5 and 4. If it is more than 4, an AHA or glycolic acid solution will do little to exfoliate or promote cellular renewal. Products with a pH level of 4 or more act more like a moisturizer.

Those two little letters, pH,  can make a big difference in the effectiveness of a product. To get the best results from your skin care products look for products that are pH balanced. We have always formulated all Alpha Skin Care products with the proper pH. Our goal is to make affordable products that really work. At Alpha Skin Care, we want to help you to get the most from your skin care routine and proper pH is part of what you need to know.

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Moisturize From The Inside Out!

Drinking water is an easy, inexpensive way to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Topical moisturizers are important but they do not provide enough hydration to keep your skin moist and supple. Skin is an organ and just like any other part of the body, your skin is made up of cells. The cells of the human body are mostly water. At the height a newborn baby’s cells may be as much as 75% water! With age, the amount of water in the human body decreases but water is still the primary content in the cells of the human body. Without it our organs, and that includes skin, will not function at their best.

When skin is not adequately hydrated it loses thickness, can become more sensitive and offers less body protection. Dry skin feels tight and your skin tone may look flaky and dull. The drier your skin, the less resilient and more prone to wrinkling it becomes. Chronic dehydration can age your skin very quickly and can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Proper hydration is an important part of keeping skin firm and supple. Drinking plenty of water helps to reduce the signs of aging and keeps skin soft and elastic.

Water also helps the body to utilize essential nutrients, eliminate toxins and maintain a healthy pH balance. Anything that makes you sweat, like exercise or just being out in the sun, causes fluid loss. Dehydration can also occur when you are sick. All these may mean you need to increase your water intake. Although delicious, coffee and alcohol do not count as fluids since they act as diuretics and actually reduce your body’s hydration. Water aids the natural repair process, helping the body to heal faster when damaged. In the case of severe sunburn, be sure to drink a lot of water!

So how much water is enough to keep your body and skin looking and feeling its best? It may be more than you might think. Its recommended that women should drink at least nine cups of plain water every day and men should drink 13. An important side note, no matter how much water you drink, your other organs will get the water they need first, not your skin, and we are all different, so use guidelines as that, just a guide listen to your body first and foremost!

To have beautiful, healthy skin, try moisturizing from the inside out!  We all know that beauty is more than skin deep.  It’s what’s on the inside that counts and in this case, that means a lot of water and a well-hydrated body.  It’s easy, inexpensive and you can start today!  Let’s drink (a glass of water) to your health!

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Avoid Long Showers and Hot Baths

One of the best ways to combat winter dry skin is to avoid taking long hot showers or baths. In the winter it may be tempting after being out in the cold, but although lovely in the moment, it will make dry winter skin worse. Although seeming counter-intuitive, the longer and hotter the exposure to water, the more natural moisture your skin will lose.

Why? Well, the outermost layer of our skin contains oils and skin cells that help retain moisture. The combination of hot water and soap strips away your skin’s natural oil barrier that provides protection against dryness.

When you step out of a hot shower or bath, you’ve probably noticed that your skin is often red, itchy, and maybe even tight. These are all indications that your skin is drying. Additionally, in many parts of the country, the air is also very dry in the winter compounding these concerns.

So, what can you do about winter dry skin? Start by keeping water temperature lukewarm and showers less than ten minutes long. Consider turning down the temperature on your water heater, this will prevent water from being too hot and, a bonus, you will reduce your winter energy costs! Just slightly adjusting the thermostat will be easier on your skin, your wallet, and the environment. The same benefits from taking shorter showers and bathes.

To treat winter dryness, apply a good moisturizer immediately after bathing. It will help your skin to be soft and supple while locking in moisture. At Alpha Skin Care, we formulate products with naturally powerful ingredients that really work to care for your skin. We recommend using our Renewal Body Lotion after a bath or shower to relieve dryness. The thick rich formula will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. 

Formulated with 12% Glycolic AHA, it releases dead skin cells, promotes cellular renewal, and even supports collagen production which results in healthy, well-hydrated skin. Alpha Skin Care wants to help you to have healthy, radiant skin from head to toe!

So seasons change and the weather cools again, remember shorter, cooler showers and baths followed with a great moisturizer like Renewal Body Lotion is the best way to care for winter dry skin.

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