Want to keep your skin looking youthful and radiant? Well, don’t let the pH level of your skin fall below 5.5. Balance is the key to everything, they say, and this could not be any truer when it comes to maintaining the pH levels of your skin.

Given below are some of the things that could influence the pH balance of your skin. Don’t worry though. We’ve also added tips on how you could avoid being affected by them.
It’s all about what you eat
 

It’s all about what you eat

Too much of acidity is bad for your skin as it strips your skin of all its natural oils. Avoid consuming too many foods that are acidic in nature, such as sugar, yeast, alcohol or caffeine.

Instead, you could opt for foods that contain the antioxidants that will protect your skin against damage. Include foodstuffs like avocadoes, broccoli, grains and green leafy vegetables which are rich in antioxidants into your diet.

UV rays
 

UV rays

Too much of exposure to the sun can lead your skin to becoming alkaline, thereby causing pigmentation and acne.

Don’t leave the house without applying a coat of sunscreen onto your skin, no matter the season.

Soaps and anything with higher pH levels
 

Soaps and anything with higher pH levels

A conventional soap or a cosmetic product with high pH levels can cause your skin to dry out. This is because your skin needs to maintain a certain level of pH to stay healthy and moisturized and an increase in the pH level messes with the protective barrier on your skin, leaving your skin pretty vulnerable.

Go for something with a lower pH level instead, since that will keep your skin well moisturized and better protected.

Peeling masks are bad
 

Peeling masks are bad

Peel-off face masks may be very good exfoliators but their extensive use can affect the pH levels of your skin. Although the acids in these masks help remove the dead skin cells, too much of these acids can strip your skin of its moisture, leaving it inflamed and extremely sensitive.

We’d recommend that you take it easy with these peeling masks and turn to more natural remedies instead.

Don’t leave your face pack on for too long
 

Don’t leave your face pack on for too long

Most face packs contain ingredients such as lemon juice which are rich in citric acid. While citric acid is extremely effective in brightening your skin, it will start absorbing the natural oils from your skin as well, if left on for too long.

Most masks should be washed off in about 15-20 minutes so that they do not cause your skin to dry out.