From a biochemical perspective all humans are alkaline. Babies grow in amniotic fluid that is a pH of 8 to 8.5. The blood has a pH level of 7.35 to 7.45. Seven is neutral on the pH scale. Anything above it is alkaline and anything below 7 is acid.
All solutions have a pH value. The ocean had a pH value of 8 to 8.5 and drinking water is 7 to 7.5.
Why Alkaline Skin Care?
When the pH in the body is off there are adverse effects. The body is always striving to maintain a constant pH. To do this, is draws on alkaline reserves – bones for example. Additionally, the body excretes excess acids or store them in connective tissue. Cellulitis and the early formation of wrinkles can be a sign of chronic hyperacidity on the skin. Alkaline skin care counteracts excess acidity on the skin.
Hyperacidity can be caused by an unbalanced diet, due to drinking too much black tea and coffee; consuming too much animal proteins through meat; cigarettes; excessive consumption of acid producing foods, such as alcohol, fruit juices, sugar, and soft drinks; stress and/or emotional distress can increase acid formation; and excessive physical exertion.
The body tries to keep its natural pH at a constant. This is done through the kidneys, lungs, and skin because people sweat through their pores. If the body contains too much acid, or too many acids, the skin may not work properly as the largest organ of elimination.
Alkaline cleansing was natural in ancient times. The Egyptians bathed in Lake Natrun, which is a soda lake. Until the 1950s it was common to use alkaline skin care. Between 1920 and 1950, cleansing was consistently alkaline. Soft soaps with a high pH value were proven gentle on skin.
Due to changes in the production process, acidic skin care products were not available until 1950. Today, both skin care products, alkaline and acidic, are available alongside each other and are used according to individual preferences and specific skin care conditions.
Skin care is only one part of the picture. There also needs to be an adjustment in lifestyle. A change in eating habits should occur at the same the skin care needs are met. This will further relieve the skin from constantly trying to regulate the acid-base balance.
Alkaline skin care products are a valuable addition. The possibilities are impressive cosmetically and helpful. Through consistent use, a soothed, refined, and clear appearance can be achieved. The skin will feel soft and silky smooth.
Chronic acidity can cause rashes, skin irritation, and itchiness. Cellulitis and premature wrinkles are also be from the effects of chronic acidity.
By Jeanette Smith
SiriDerma: The Alkaline Principle
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