When was the last time you heard the term “pH level” in a practical sense? Unless you’re in a specialised field of work, otherwise, we’re guessing it was during chemistry classes in school. You might regret sleeping through chemistry classes now, because pH level has a lot to do with the health and quality of our skin, apparently.
Here’s a crash course on pH level and its relationship to our skin – just make sure you won’t sleep through this lesson this time!
What does pH level have to do with our skin?
Our skin is the barrier that keeps out the nasties – bacteria, toxins, pollutants, you name it. Skin that is pH-balanced is able to perform its functions at its best. When skin is more acidic, it will appear oilier, and be more susceptible to problems like enlarged pores, blackheads, and acne. On the other hand, when skin is at a higher pH (in other words, it’s more alkaline), it will become dry and sensitive, and be prone to flaking, wrinkles, and sagging.
When the skin is pH-balanced, it performs at a superior level; its protective barrier is optimal, so it is able to keep out UV rays and free radicals, and even prevent moisture loss.
Unfortunately,environmental aggressors like air pollution and UV rays that most of us are exposed to, upset our skin’s pH level, and weaken our skin barrier as a result. But as long as we don’t get our skin’s pH level balanced, we won’t be able to see any improvement to our skin, no matter what we do.
How to stabilise our skin’s pH?
Just as your body needs minerals to achieve health, your skin, being the largest organ of your body also needs a variety of minerals to perform. Skin that is not pH-balanced are lacking in minerals; infuse it with minerals and you’ll find your skin’s pH balancing and your complexion looking better.
Where can we find this fountain of youth?
85 years ago, Dr. Haller, a French doctor from the town of Vichy in France discovered a water source from the Auvergne volcanoes of France, which contains one of the richest mineral waters in France. Now known as the Vichy pH Balancing Thermal Water, this has been found to be a rare ingredient that can re-balance skin’s pH level.
Why is it able to do so? Further studies later show that the Vichy Thermal Water contains 15 rare minerals such as iron, potassium, and calcium, which helps to replenish minerals that our skin lose on a daily basis through perspiration and desquamation (shedding of outermost layer of skin).
Today, the Vichy Thermal Water is still sourced from the same location in France. Thankfully, you don’t have to travel all the way to France for it. It is found at the heart of all Vichy skincare formulations. But to really reap the full benefits of the Vichy Thermal Water, we recommend these products that contain the thermal water in very high levels.
1. Vichy Thermal Spa Water
This is essentially the legendary water in a bottle, and is great as a perk-me-up any time of the day. Spray it over your skin at the start of your day to strengthen it, or use it throughout the day to fight the dry air in an air-conditioned environment or against air pollution. A few spritz of it can help soothe and refresh your skin, and of course help to re-balance its pH.
2. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum
This is a super lightweight gel serum that packs a punch in the hydration department. Providing intense hydration for up to 48 hours, this serum also contains high concentration of the Vichy Thermal Water to keep your skin’s pH at an optimal level. You will also love how refreshing it feels on your skin.
3. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa Sleeping Mask
Your skin’s regeneration ability is at its peak while you sleep. Make better use of these golden hours by enhancing its repair process. This sleeping mask contains high concentration of the Vichy Thermal Water to recover your skin’s optimal pH level, and at the same time contains essential oils that help to rejuvenate your skin and visibly eliminate signs of fatigue. It also hydrates skin deeply by forming a protective film over it while you sleep, so you can wake up to fresher-looking skin that looks well-rested.