If you have ever heard any commercial on TV for a skin care product, then you have heard of “pH” before. So many advertisements claim “restore pH”, or “pH balanced” on their brands. What does that really mean, though? Im going to take you back to high school science class on this blog post…but you may want to LISTEN UP if you love your skin at all!
Back to the Basics:
The pH (potential hydrogen) of a substance is its degree of acidity or alkalinity, and is measured on a scale of 0 to 14. Acids or substances that have a pH below 7.0, and Alkalis have a pH above 7.0. So, the higher the pH number, the greater the alkalinity. NEUTRAL on the scale is a 7.0 as well. Every number change on the scale represents a tenfold change, and is 10 times different than the number before or after. As a point of reference, your skin and hair are approximately a 5.0 on the pH scale. This happens in the acid mantle, which is where your sweat and oil are purposely produced to create a safe barrier for the skin, protecting it from outside elements.
The first time that I ever used gloMinerals Pressed Base foundation was when I was 16 years old, and it’s a makeup product that has stayed in my bag throughout the years! It has surpassed the way any other foundation looks and feels on my skin. So, to do a spotlight on this awesome product is an obvious choice!
This is coming from a girl who has worked with other mineral makeup lines, has tried it all, and knows the FACTS about why the gloMinerals foundation is so far beyond what the others can do. When I say facts, I am referring to the ones right there listed on the box, written in black and white. INGREDIENTS MATTER! There are a few common ingredients in some of the most well known mineral makeup lines that contain skin irritants such as bismuth and talc. The most common reactions to these cheap filler ingredients are itchiness and dry flaking skin. GloMinerals stays true to the top of the line ingredients, and DOES NOT contain these irritants or any perfumes. Instead their goal is to provide unsurpassed coverage that nourishes, corrects and protects skin.
It feels like I just blinked and five months went by! I can’t believe that it has really been that long since I sat down with my glass of wine and wrote for hours without stopping. I’ve truly missed it! I’m so thankful for my faithful followers and I hope I haven’t let you down by letting time slip from my hands. I’m ready to get back to my desk and get my blog back in full swing! So what has been keeping me away you ask? Oh you know, just winning at life and full filling dreams and stuff! So here’s whats been going on…
Is your favorite skin care brand first class? You might be surprised to see where it lands on a scale from cheapest to highest quality. There are so many different brands and products out there, that sometimes it can be confusing to know if what you are buying is good or not. They all claim to do so many different wonderful things, but how can we separate the facts from fiction?
It all comes down to the percentage of active ingredients that are in the product, and the molecular structure. The molecules and the vehicle ingredients are the delivery system that carries the active ingredients into the skin. The smaller the molecular structure, the deeper the product can penetrate, therefore giving stronger and faster results. Also, the lower the pH of the product, the more change you will see in your skin. Example: chemical peels have very low pH, and they are strong and effective.
My suggestion to you is to find a reputable skin care line you have been instructed to use by a skin care expert. If you take the time to have a consultation with a dermatologist or an esthetician, your products will give you great results because they have been catered to your individual concerns. Your skin will thank you for it!
Battle of the Brands
A Visual to Show The Tiers of Skin Care Products
(Based off of a chart by Licensed Esthetics Instructor, Courtney Freeman at the Southeastern Esthetics Institute)
If you have a cluttered bathroom counter full of skin care products, and you haven’t the slightest clue on how to use them, then you should follow my simple rule of thumb. The best way to remember the order to apply your skin care regimen is to use the thinnest to the thickest in consistency. Before you become overwhelmed and throw away half of the great products that you own, follow my guide to get on the right track with your daily beauty routine.
This is a very generalized list that works with pretty much any skin care line. Also, you do not have to use every single step in your own personal routine, these are just the basics. In some situations your esthetician may have you on multiple cleansers, serums, etc, and unless specified instructions are given for your individual use, then you can follow my guide.