pH in Cosmetics: Healthy for your Skin
Do you remember your chemistry lessons? The term pH was definitely used at school. But do you really know what it means? Don't worry, you are not alone in this, because there is more to the term than can be conveyed in a 50 minute lesson.
Briefly explained, the point is that aqueous solutions can be either acidic, neutral or alkaline. It is usually measured on a scale between 0 and 14, where a pH of 7 is considered neutral, everything below 7 is acidic and everything above is classified as alkaline.
So far so good. But what does that have to do with cosmetics?
You are probably familiar with the squeaky dry feeling that sometimes occurs after washing your hands with soap. Most soaps have a pH between 9 and 10 and are therefore alkaline - which makes perfect sense, because they are supposed to remove dirt from our skin. But when the hands dry out, the skin's natural protective acid mantle is being damaged. And that should be avoided as much as possible!
Protective acid mantle & microbiome
Our skin naturally has a pH between 4.5 and 5.5 - this varies depending on the body part and the person. The average pH for the natural protective film of the skin is often given as 5.5 - our skin is slightly acidic, which is why we also speak of the protective acid mantle, meaning a layer of sebum, sweat and keratinocytes. Together with healthy bacteria, it forms the microbiome that protects us against environmental influences and microorganisms.
pH in Hands on Veggies' products
Our products are adapted to the respective pH of the body part for which they were developed. Shower gel and body lotions are between 5.0 and 5.5, so they are pH neutral and help keep the natural protective layer of your skin intact and healthy.
With conditioners for the hair, however, a pH in the mildly acidic range could give the hair shine and make it smoother. However, you should not apply conditioner to the scalp. Only use it ion the ends of the hair.
Our tip: Have you already tried our lip balms? These are specially designed to maintain the microbiome of your lips.
Incidentally, your microbiome also benefits from organic fermentation, which conserves and cares in a natural way. Mild sugar surfactants also gently cleanse the skin and hair. We have developed this overall concept just for you, so that your skin stays healthy!