We often buy bath soap depending on their smell, how much lather they produce, or how our skin feels moisturized, and replenished after taking a bath. Some people are very particular on the amount of pH their bath soap contains. What’s with the pH by the way?
If we are going to consult our dictionary, pH is define as "A measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution calculated as the common logarithm of the reciprocal of the hydrogen ion concentration in moles per cubic decimeter of solution and numerically equal to 7 for neutral solutions. pH increases with increasing alkalinity and decreases with increasing acidity. [potential of hydrogen.]" In short pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution.
So the question now most people ask is, does pH-balance in our skin matter?
The answer would be YES, it does matter. The average pH-balance our skin products should range from 4.5 to 5.5.The safest bath soaps are nearly neutral, with a pH of about 7. Some cheaper bath soaps have traces of alkali and a pH higher than 7. These bath soaps can irritate your skin. Check your bath soap at home with litmus paper to find out. Check your skin pH too. The pH of your bath soap and the pH of your skin should also match. If your skin irritates easily, then most likely you have sensitive skin and thus you have to use milder bath soaps with lower pH. If you use products with pH greater than 7 on your skin, you’re stripping away the "acid mantle", a very thin layer of sweat and sebum that protects your skin from damage and infection and this is necessary to good skin health.
Below are some major brands of bath soap products and their pH.
Irish Spring= 9.5
Know your Skin Types
If you have normal skin, this means that your skin has the perfect balance of moisture and oils. You can then be able to use and enjoy all the beauty products without worrying about skin irritations and rashes.
If you are prone to rashes or your skin stings easily when using various bath soap and beauty products, then chances are you have sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, it is better to use natural, organic, or mild soaps and cleansers.
People who carry this skin type may want to cleanse more often and more vigorously. Having oily skin does not mean that you have to scrub harder or more frequently. You just need to find a formulation that works well for you. People who have oily skin are prone to blackheads, pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. The great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap, and use it in combination with water rich in minerals, not tap water. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.
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