Finding The One: How To Find The Right Skincare Product For You
5 Takeaways from Beauty Buzz’s First Episode— DMark Beauty and Sebamed’s First Virtual Show About Skincare
“Get younger, clearer skin.”
“Say goodbye to acne.”
“Lock in moisture 24/7.”
Most times, we usually jump into new skincare products without thinking twice. Despite promises of getting miraculous results, we end up with worse skin problems than when we started before.
Just like with you finding a jowa, not every product is compatible with your skin. The easy part here though is that you don’t have to use Zodiac signs to find a match between your skin and the products you buy.
From our first-ever virtual show, Beauty Buzz, we had a very insightful discussion with Dr. Gilbert Yang, MD, FPDS; and Sebamed Philippines’ very own Brand Manager, Ms. Beth Cuenza, about the importance of our skin’s pH level— your skin’s natural go-to metric for swiping right on skincare products.
Here are five key takeaways we got from the episode.
What is Skin pH?
Your skin’s pH level dictates how basic or acidic your skin is. Simply put, it dictates how healthy your skin is. Get your pH level too low (basic) and you’ll experience your skin getting more oily or acne-prone. Get it too high (acidic) and you’ll experience more dryness, sensitivity, and wrinkles. Our skin is naturally acidic, with its optimal pH level being at 5.5.
How do you find out your skin’s pH level? By doing a litmus paper test. Dr. Yang mentions that it’s not really practical, so best to just maintain your skin’s pH at 5.5 by using the right set of skincare products.
What are the issues directly related to your skin’s pH balance?
Our skin’s first layer of protection against foreign bacteria is an acid mantle that protects the surface of the epidermis. As we age, that acid mantle diminishes—maintaining one’s pH level supports the skin’s protective acid mantle against dehydration and irritants.
Basically, keeping your skin’s pH level on 5.5 will help your skin look more hydrated and less irritated.
Having an imbalanced skin pH level might lead to dry skin, skin infections, or skin that’s colonized by harmful bacteria and pathogens. Think: acne, eczema, etc.
Fret not— imbalanced pH levels can still be corrected, just make sure that you buy skincare products that are at a pH level of 5.5. Consequently, avoid products that are not pH level 5.5 at all costs.
Does the pH level of the skin differ as we age?
Your skin’s pH level may differ as you age— it might even differ throughout the day!
Although aging is something you won’t be able to control, how you treat your skin is something you most definitely can.
What’s most critical is how you treat your skin on a daily basis— everything from what skincare products you use, to what detergents you choose when washing your clothes can impact your skin’s pH level. Anything that touches your skin is a prime suspect.
How do we choose the right product?
So how do we know we’re using the right products for our skin? Dr. Yang and Ms. Cuenza advise that we:
- Make sure that the products you use contain no parabens. Parabens are artificial preservatives used in cosmetic products— studies show that using products containing parabens leads to disruptions in your hormones, making skin problems worse.
- Make sure the products you use to moisturize your skin. “Moisturizers are important from the time you were born, down to the time you mature”, says Dr. Yang. Keeping your skin moisturized helps decrease the formation of sebum (oil) and leaves you with healthier-looking skin. It also decreases the chance of foreign bacteria growing a home inside your skin. Dr. Yang’s three tips for skincare? “Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.”
- Find products that are pleasant to use. Something that’s not sticky or too oily—something you’ll enjoy using.
- Consult your dermatologist first. A product that works for a friend might not work for you. Best to consult with your dermatologist first to know the exact diagnosis of your skin.
- And of course, find products that have a 5.5 pH level.
How Sebamed Products Take Care of Your Skin
Sebamed’s wide range of products not only takes care of your skin but also helps regulate your pH levels towards the golden, balanced pH level of 5.5.
From soaps and shampoos to lotions and conditioners, all Sebamed products are formulated to help protect your skin’s natural protective barriers against viruses, bacteria, and foreign bodies.
Check out our catalog over at dmarkbeauty.com and find the right product for you!