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March 26, 2021
The overall health of the skin is influenced by several factors, one of which is pH. Often overlooked is the pH level in skin care products and the role this plays in affecting skin pH.
If we use products that are too acidic or too alkaline, problems can occur. Indications that skin is too alkaline can be flaky, red skin. If the skin is too acidic, the chances of inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and acne will be present.
Cleansers are often a big offender at sabotaging the skin barrier. Just because it's organic or natural doesn't mean it has a safe pH.
Two often overlooked skin barrier components are the microbiome and acid mantle. The microbiome is bacteria on the skin's surface that guards against pathogens. The acid mantle is a thin film on the skin's surface composed of lipids from the oil glands mixed with amino acids from sweat.
You know when the skin barrier has been disrupted when inflammation, atopic dermatitis, dehydrated skin (skin that is both dry and oily at the same time), skin sensitivity, or acne are showing up.
One of the ways it gets disrupted is using a cleanser that is not the right pH for your skin.
Pollutants, pathogens, excessive occlusion, detergents, soaps, cleansers, and hard water can disrupt the pH balance of the skin barrier. Hard water is tap water with a high mineral content causing it to have a pH of 8.5 or more.
Here's a handy chart to demonstrate the pH range and an idea of where a few ingredients fall on the chart. A home pH testing kit can be found here.
It is very important to choose a quality cleanser to maintain a healthy pH on the skin. If you're using an astringent cleanser and stripping the skin barrier of the "good stuff," over time (and sometimes pretty quickly), the skin becomes compromised, and when this happens, a long list of skin problems can occur.
I recommend a cleanser pH of 4.5 - 5.5 because that is the same pH of healthy skin.
The moral of the story is, don't sabotage your skincare routine by starting with a cleanser that is not a healthy pH for the skin. You want to clean your skin, not strip your skin of the good stuff.
My favorite cleansers are:
Just Say Ahh Revitalizing Cleanser
September 15, 2021
Wrinkles around the central lip area are called vertical rhytids and we all hate them, right! They can be very difficult to fix. Even with a facelift, it only pulls this area laterally and the dissection does not and cannot extend into the lip area.
But don't lose hope! We have options.
September 08, 2021
Let's just say it. Aging isn't for the faint of heart. Therefore, it's important to keep it all in perspective. There will be some things about our appearance that we can improve with some hard work and dedication. There will be some things we can pay a doctor to fix (and then maintain with a consistent skincare routine). There'll be some things we cannot do anything about. I'll never be 5'8" or have the body of a runway model and I'll never be 25 again.
I'm going to share some things we can do to improve the neck and décolleté with a little bit of hard work and dedication.
September 01, 2021
When you look in the mirror and you see excess skin & folds forming from the cheeks to the jawline, you are seeing saggy jowls. When collagen and elastin becomes depleted, sagging skin is the result.
And that's not all. Things like repeated facial expressions, weight loss, sun exposure, smoking, and even the over use of computers or phones creating “tech neck” accentuate sagging in the jowl area.