Soap is a wonderful for cleansing, but it may not always agree with you. Soap often has pH levels that are too basic or acidic for your skin. Alternative solutions are often high in alkali and are even double those of healthy pH levels. Skin has a slightly acidic natural barrier layer called the acid mantle, and skin care products with a pH level of 5.5 help restore and maintain this natural barrier. Most consumers aren’t fully aware that they need to maintain a healthy level of pH 5.5. Typically, they opt for prescription medications to help a skin problem, when the skin just needs to maintain its natural barrier.
Fortunately, Sebamed brings that healthy level of pH 5.5 to customers through its products. More than 120 scientific studies have tested the high effectiveness and very good skin compatibility of all Sebamed products and confirm their skin care competence for sensitive and problematic skin. Sebamed also helps to soothe conditions that include rosacea, psoriasis and eczema and guard against outside irritants. You can check out some staples here that have changed the lives of thousands of people from all over the world.
So how healthy are your pH levels? Women’s Health Mag published a short quiz to help you determine the health of your skin. You can take the quiz below.
How does your skin feel after cleansing?
a) Soft and smooth
b) Tight and dry
c) Still slightly oily or not thoroughly clean
How often do you moisturize your face?
a) At least morning and evening
b) Once a day
Has your skin become sensitive to products you regularly use, including makeup and creams?
a) No, it feels normal, like always.
b) Once in a while
c) It seems like it reacts to everything I put on it lately.
How often does your skin have dry, flaky, rough patches?
Do you notice that your skin looks duller and has more lines in the morning?
b) Yes, usually
c) It’s a very rare occurrence.
Is your skin excessively oily and prone to breakouts (whereas it wasn’t in the past)?
Does your skin often look red and feel irritated?
b) It stings only after applying products.
If you answered mostly Bs, your skin’s pH is. . .
Too high. Your chronic dryness and wrinkling likely mean your acid mantle is being dismantled—you’re too alkaline, baby. With its protective lipids removed, your skin is falling prey to bacteria, UV rays, and harsh ingredients. Take a close look at how (and how often) you’re cleansing, scrubbing, and hydrating. You need to make sure that your skin can ward off the damaging factors that are making it look older than it should.
If you answered mostly As, your skin’s pH is. . .
Just right! Your skin (and its pH) live in a shiny, happy place not inhabited by premature aging and wrinkles. Having skin this good isn’t an accident, so kudos to you for gold-star moisturizing and exfoliating, and using the right products. Stay on the same course and you’ll continue to glow.
If you answered mostly Cs, your skin’s pH is. . .
Too low. Your regular oiliness, breakouts, and sensitivity point to acid overload. Chances are, you’re OD’ing on the peeling products (think acids) in an effort to sop up excess grease. And while this type of exfoliation can make for a healthy complexion, your skin is suffering from too much of a good thing. Your mission: Use products in moderation instead of abusing them (and your skin).