One of the big culprits of pH disruption are cleansers – your shaving products, face washes, shampoos and of course, body wash. You know that super squeaky feeling you get after using one? Yeah, that isn’t good! It’s a good indication that your acid mantle has been disrupted. The goal is to cleanse your skin without over-stripping it of its natural oils & maintaining a healthy acid mantle.
Moisturisers aren’t excluded though – while the effects of disrupting the acid mantle are well known, due to the intimate interactions between emulsifiers, preservatives and ingredients, some moisturisers, especially if it’s not expressively mentioned anywhere, can have a disruptive pH balance – usually towards the alkaline spectrum.
You can test the pH of products using pH litmus strips or if you want to get techy, invest in a simple pH meter. If the pH of a product is less than 4 or more than 6 then you should discontinue using it.
All R10 Labs 100% natural Skincare products are pH balanced between 4.5 – 5.5