Normal skin, balanced skin, what does it all mean and more importantly, how can you achieve a healthy-looking complexion?
A balanced life, a balanced mind, and a balanced skin. We have been championing balance since we first launched, so much so it features in our brand name. But what does a ‘balanced’ skin actually mean?
Well, for want of a better word, it means normal. As in, it is well-balanced with a regular texture, no or few imperfections, invisible pores, no excess oil, no sever sensitivity and a velvety soft, smooth appearance. Can we have all of the above please? The reality is we are all suffering from some if not all of the above and so we want to help share some solutions to allow you to achieve an overall well-balanced complexion.
It's important to remember that your skin has a naturally acidic pH level. It may sound a bit science-y/dull but please don’t switch off because it really matters, and factors like the environment and hormonal fluctuations can affect the pH level. Better understanding this will also help you to achieve healthy-looking, happy skin.
So, the pH scale ranges from 1 to 14 and 7 is considered ‘neutral’. Higher than seven is alkaline while lower is acidic. The ideal skin pH is between 4.5 and 5.5 for women, which is considered acidic.
There are at-home tests, or you could see a dermatologist to help determine your pH level, but as a rule if you are experiencing dryness, irritation, flaky patches and fine lines and wrinkles then you are probably alkaline while inflammatory skin condition like eczema and acne are common with acidic pH balances.
Four tips to a more a well-balanced skin
Avoid irritating ingredients
- Whatever you do, go for gentle, non-harsh and non-stripping formulas. We are proud to say that we create our skincare with high-performance bio-actives and choose to formulate without the likes of silicones, sulphates, parabens, and mineral oils. Take our Bakuchiol Smoothing Serum. Bakuchiol is less aggravating than Vitamin A, but you still get amazing results without any irritation. Hurrah!
Adopt healthy habits
- We know, we know. It’s not exactly ground-breaking but a balanced lifestyle will help create a balanced skin, as will staying active with lots of fresh air (pollution can naturally impact the pH levels).
Check your skincare and your routine is best suited to your skin type
- For example, if your skin is dry the it is experiencing water loss so you need to strengthen the skin’s barrier and top up moisture levels, oily skin types are prone to breakouts, excess sebum and blocked pores so you need to invest in regular exfoliating while combination skin types features an oily t-zone and dry cheeks, so you need a dual-phase approach. Once you have established your skin type, you can make more informed choices when it comes to your routine. And of course, if it is sensitive then you need to look out for dermatology-tested, fragrance-free formulas. More on that to follow in the coming months!
Commit to a routine
- We are all about ‘skincare is selfcare’ and urge you to spend a few minutes daily on your skin. It all starts with clean skin so begin with a cleanser and cloth combination to really remove every last trace of make-up, dirt and sweat, then follow with a targeted serum, moisturiser and/or face oil and eye cream. Face masks and exfoliators aren’t to be used daily but should be used bi-weekly to really supercharge your skincare and maximise results.
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