Think of the key to perfect skin as a balancing act. Literally.
Your skin's pH balance is probably one of those things you've heard a whole lot of buzz about, but never knew exactly what it... well, really meant. Don't feel bad! You're not alone. In fact, we're willing to bet even the biggest skincare junkies could stand to learn a thing or two about pH balances and how they effect our skin. Read on!
It basically goes a little something like this: it all starts with your acid mantle. Your acid mantle is made up of amino and lactic acids, plus sebum, also known as fatty free acids. The acid mantle just so happens to protect skin from environmental factors that lead to aging and all-around irritation. The acid mantle creates your skin's pH. The pH scale measures the concentration of hydrogen from 1 to 14. Anything over 7 is alkaline, which in this case is not a good thing: if your skin is on this side of the scale, it's probably dry and prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Skin that's too acidic, on the other hand, will appear oilier, irritate easily and is breakout-prone. In an ideal world, your skin's pH should be at around 5.5—that's slightly on the acidic side (just enough oil so that you maintain a nice glow). See?
We know a balanced pH means everything to your skin—which is why we publish it on all of our products. We formulate every DE product with skin's pH in mind. AHA, BHA and Vitamin C serums are especially tricky to formulate for that sweet spot. If they fall below it, they'll irritate and sensitize your skin; but if they fall above, they just don't work. The ideal pH for AHAs to function without causing undue irritation is 3 - 4; for Vitamin C, between 3 and 3.5 will do the trick.
Cleansers are another common culprit of pH abuse, since most are formulated to be incredibly drying and strip the skin of the oils your acid mantle needs to maintain acidity. Anything above 7 should be avoided. Our Pekee and Juju bars are right on target, coming in at 6.51 and 6.34 respectively— allowing just enough surface tension. In other words? You'll never be left wondering, 'what the pH?!' again.
We all know SPF is a must-have year-around, right?
But, as the temperature rises and our bathing suits take front stage in our wardrobe, we start to pay even more attention to the sunscreen we’re using.
Our favorite? (fine…we’re biased but with good reason)…Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30.
We love Umbra for so many reasons…here’s just a few:
✓ This physical formula (hello, zinc!) delivers powerful UV protection and anti-aging benefits (no chemical screens allowed)
✓ Suitable for all skin tones and leaves your complexion glowing (and no white cast!)
✓ Loaded with antioxidants to ward off free radicals that may cause UV damage and photoaging
✓ Infused with raspberry seed oil and marula oil for intense moisture without any residue or greasiness
✓ The clean, non-toxic formula can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer or serum (don’t worry, it won’t dilute the efficacy)
✓ It’s the perfect base for make-up (so skip your primer and let your skin breath in the summer heat!)
✓ Our gentle formula is ideal for all skin types, and great for sensitive skin
Let’s talk diet. No, we're not about to tell you to go on some trendy cleanse or crazy delivery system: we're specifically talking skin health. We all know (hopefully?) by now that yes, there is a direct correlation between what you put into your body, and how it comes out (sometimes literally) through your skin. So, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite, antioxidant-heavy, skin-happy foods (it's not all greens, either... did somebody say chocolate?). Read on and happy snacking!
How's that for a welcome addition to the list? Turns out cocoa is a natural hydrator, and does double duty by making your skin more supple and smooth, due to its natural caffeine content. Most dermatologists recommend eating a chocolate with at least 70% natural cocoa to get the full benefits. Consider it done!
2. Greek Yogurt
Surprise, surprise! This healthy staple is great for your skin, too. Any protein-heavy yogurt, such as Greek yogurt, helps to firm up and maintain skin elasticity. Eat at least a single serving a day, and you’ll be thanking yourself.
3. Sunflower SeedsThey're not just a pretty flower! Sunflower seeds are loaded with Vitamin E, which protects your skin from the sun, as well as keeping it more firm and healthy. A pretty good excuse to sneak in a handful if you ask us!
Yup: it's the old standby for antioxidant power in any diet. Let's put it this way: it benefits your skin by helping break down free radicals, working to help decelerate the aging process.
5. Olive Oil
Real talk: Ancient Romans used it both for and on pretty much everything, and the Greeks basically live forever because their diet is heavy on it (the Mediterranean Diet had its phase for a reason!). But did you know it’s also a free radical butt-kicking powerhouse that can rejuvenate your skin? It’s true. Due to its high concentration of Omega 3, it helps keep your skin youthful. A good excuse to indulge in a little (brown rice!) pasta, right?
Seldomly discussed in skincare, tomatoes are actually loaded with skin protecting properties. Since they're high in antioxidant lycopene, it’s a natural way to increase your skin’s SPF (which you can then you can top off with our Umbra!).
7. Green Tea
It should come as no surprise that Green Tea is skin empowering. The tea is loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants, which help to boost blood flow to your skin, while also delivering nutrients keeping your complexion healthy.
Yes, the trendy plant that does it all actually does quite well for your skin. It’s antioxidants destroy free radicals, and it’s also loaded with skin-strengthening Vitamin A and C.
Did you know your daily latte addiction is actually doing yourself a favor? Research has shown that coffee can actually lower your chances of contracting skin cancer. Keep the grande’s coming, we say.
10. Red Wine
We know you’re shocked that that weekend you can barely remember did a number on your skin (in a good way!). Drinking even half a glass of wine a day can reduce inflammation, and deliver rich antioxidants to help combat free radicals. We’ll drink to that (it's in our name, after all).
You’ve no doubt already heard the buzz. After all, if you walk into any grocery store, the trend is just about hitting you right in the face. Yes, we’re talking about water, but more specifically: alkaline water? Just what is it and why does it have the Goops of the world all up in a tizzy? Allow us to explain.
Alkaline water, simply put, is water with a lower pH (acidity) than your run-of-the-mill tap and bottled water. Why is this important? That means the water is rich in alkalizing components and basically has a lot of the minerals you need to keep your body acidity leveled... and your skin and overall beauty game where you want it.
So, let’s get down to the benefits, shall we?
1) Prevents Acidosis
Alkaline water helps with neutralizing your body’s blood acidity, which in turn prevents Acidosis, a condition that can cause hormonal imbalances as well as other maladies. Yikes!
2) Metabolism boosting
On top of keeping your body acidity leveled, alkaline water and foods can help boost your metabolism, and keep it maintained at a healthy level.
3) Your gut!
Alkaline water can help disinfect your gut flora, and cleanse it of unwanted free radicals and other dangerous bacteria. A happy gut basically equals a happy everything else... including your waistline and complexion.
Along with your gut, alkaline water’s disinfecting properties also applies to other toxins in your body. In other words, it pulls double duty.
So, how do I get Alkaline?
Luckily for you, bottled alkaline water is pretty much everywhere you go, but if you wanna pull a little DIY (or, just feeling adventurous), you can get a water ionizer that’ll do the job for you, too. But you don't need to get too crazy just yet—the experts agree that eating a diet high in alkaline foods is the real key over anything. Just what foods are alkaline? Pretty much everything you already know is good for you: fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables. Oh, and that whole hot lemon water in the morning thing? Turns out squeezing a little citrus into your water is the ultimate DIY when it comes to getting your water alkaline. It's a great way to start your day, gets your metabolism instantly ignited, detoxifies and helps to raise your pH once the minerals begin to dissolve in your bloodstream. Go on, get citrus-y.