Balancing act! A healthy pH balance can help your skin look younger
Skin ageing is influenced by both, internal and external factors and it definitely reflects on your overall well-being. Which is why you if you flick through any beauty and lifestyle glossies, one of the most popular pieces would be on how to stop the clock on skin ageing. One of the key factors that come into play about how good our skin looks as we grow older is our body’s pH balance.
On the pH scale of 1 to 14, 7 is neutral, below 7 is acidic, and above 7 is alkaline. The acidic skin surface pH plays a crucial role in the maintenance of our skin. The body functions optimally with an internal pH of 7.4, which is slightly alkaline. But contradicting this, as per a report by NCBI, variable skin pH values are being reported, mostly in the acidic range, with a broad range from pH 4 to 7. But it is estimated that the ‘natural’ skin surface pH is on average 4.7.
With ageing, the pH capacity decreases and our skin progressively becomes acidic, which leads to faster skin ageing. Here are some lifestyle changes that can help you to keep your pH level balanced and keep your skin stay #ForeverYoung:
Say no to acid-producing foods
Watch out for certain foods such as refined and processed food that contains a lot of sugar. Adopting a high-fibre diet consisting of foods such as olive oil, flaxseeds, dark green leafy vegetables, oats, apples, pears, blackberries, cantaloupe, etc. can help restore alkalinity.
Drinking plenty of water and keeping the body hydrated will help you in the long run, as water helps in bringing down the acidic level of the body. You can gulp down water with a dash of lemon and sip alkalinizing green juices and smoothies to enhance your internal pH.
Limit alcohol consumption
Cutting back on alcoholic beverages that have high sugar and acidic content can have an immense effect on your pH level. An occasional glass of wine is okay to enjoy, but make sure you consume alcohol in moderation.
Break a sweat
Any kind of physical activity for at least 30 minutes, up to five times a week, can enable your body to counteract the acidity. Exercising oxygenates and alkalises your blood. Challenge yourself and pick up an activity that you would love. You can also find a training partner to help you or join a group activity.
Take it slow
Stress is another contributor to the acid-build up. Production of stress hormone impacts the body in many ways and increases the acid load. Which is why, it is pertinent to find ways to de-stress, relax, rejuvenate with meditation, yoga or some simple breathing exercises.
pH balancing skincare
External factors also might help you in keeping your skin’s pH levels balanced. Consult your dermatologist and start including products in your skincare regime that don’t muck the pH balance of your skin.
Making these small changes can go a long way in reducing the effects of ageing and restoring your skin’s wellness.