February 20, 2018

Explainer: pH balance & your self tan

The term pH balance gets thrown around a lot in the beauty industry, but sometimes it’s hard to know what it has do with your beauty routine. How even your tan turns out can sometimes come down to your skin’s pH level, something that many people are unaware of. So we’re sharing some key facts about how this mysterious pH balance can impact your tanning routine.
pH and Your Skin
A pH is the hydrogen ion concentration in any material and can range from acidic to basic. The scale goes from 0-14, with 0 being the most acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 being the most basic. For example, pure distilled water stored in an airtight container has a pH of 7. Regarding dermatology, normal pH levels for the skin range from 4.5 to 6.0, with 5.5 being the average pH of skin that many people have.
The Importance of Balance
Balancing your skin’s pH level is very important to maintain its healthy look. Otherwise, you may experience dry skin. Applying a sunless tan to imbalanced and dry skin is a wasted effort because it won’t stick evenly or absorb fully, giving you an unnatural and patchy look. Just as you use primer before applying foundation, it is recommended that you use a pH-restoring product, such as MineTan’s Micellar Water Primer Pre Tanning pH Restore, to get a seamless tan. Not only does this product balance your skin’s natural pH levels, but it also draws out any oils and grime that would otherwise prevent your sunless tan from fully absorbing. This allows for a longer-lasting, more natural looking tan. With prep products like these, you won’t even have to worry about not being properly exfoliated before your next salon visit.
Choosing the Right Sunless Tanning Product
The most important part about using sunless tanning products is to choose one that has a long shelf life or hasn’t been sitting out for too long. The longer the product has been sitting on that shelf, the less likely that the pH is still at the manufactured value. Anything that has a pH over 7 has risk of harming the skin and should be avoided. Naturally formulated DHA solutions are the most recommended due to the fact that any changes in pH won’t exceed a 3 or 4, which is an ideal value for skin. Another important step to protect the skin’s integrity is proper aftercare, which includes using a balanced moisturizer to maintain the skin’s hydration.If you follow the steps above, you’ll be well on your way to sporting the healthy-looking, golden tan your heart desires! As with any self-tan, it is important to follow the proper steps and take any precautions to protect your skin while altering its natural form and always having a good understanding of the products you’re using.

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