What the pH...?®

Most skin problems (dryness, dullness, fine lines, wrinkles, flaking, redness, irritation, acne) occur when your pH is out of balance. It can become imbalanced due to poor diet, stress, lifestyle, smoking, consuming alcohol, lack of exercise, too much sun exposure, not drinking enough water, and poor skin care.

When it comes to skin care, the biggest mistake people make is washing with harsh soaps that are very alkaline. Doing this strips the acid mantle, a protective outer layer on our skin, and debilitates the skin’s defenses. Our pH Optimized Detoxifying Gel Cleanser™ contains more acidic elements, such as alpha, beta or poly-hydroxy acids, to keep skin cells tightly locked together, maintaining skin's healthy glow.

Serums and moisturizers often have an alkaline pH that is too high to be effective on skin. Many dermatologic skin issues such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, seborrhea, rosacea, and acne can be attributed in large part to a high pH. Skin that is too alkaline cannot ward off MMPs, the enzymes that destroy collagen and cause wrinkles and sagging. Our pH Optimized Serums and Creams are designed with a low pH for maximum effectiveness and absorption.

Skin with a proper pH is healthy, radiant, and glowing.

pH stands for power of hydrogen and refers to how acidic or alkaline a substance is. It spans a range of 0 to 14, with 0 being most acidic and 14 being most alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. Your skin has a naturally acidic pH of 4.0 to 5.5. It needs to be slightly acidic to help fight the bacteria that may try to invade it. By way of comparison, water has a pH of 7. Despite the fact that we need our skin to maintain an external pH that is acidic, we want our body to maintain an alkaline pH for optimal health.

The acid mantle is a thin, protective layer on your skin's surface that helps control pH. It helps our skin in five ways: it acts as a built-in antioxidant, protecting underlying skin from oxidative damage; it helps regulate moisture levels; it aids in damage protection from environmental factors like sun and wind; it inhibits bacterial growth that leads to blemishes and inflammation; it helps keep skin firm and elastic. So it’s incredibly important to keep the acid mantle in tact. Using pH Optimized Skin Care® can do just that by helping to maintain the integrity of the skin surface.

Skin care ingredients can be highly unstable. When you combine them together, unique chemical reactions happen at each stage which change the makeup of the original elements. To create an effective formula with strong bioavailability (or absorption), one must always be cognizant of the pH required to keep all of the ingredients stable. For example, Vitamin C at 15% sounds strong however, if it is not stabilized at a pH of lower than 3.0, it will be completely powerless.

The pH scale is logarithmic. This means that each 1 point move represents a 10-fold change. In other words, glycolic acid at a pH of 3 is 100x more potent than glycolic acid at a pH of 5. So lower pH treatments are also more effective treatments. Each PHACE BIOACTIVE® formula is pH Optimized in a range that ensures it is at its maximum efficacy.

Each PHACE BIOACTIVE® product is formulated with multiple active ingredients selected for their potency, clinically proven effectiveness and ability to work synergistically with your skin's naturally acidic pH. We use high concentrations of cutting-edge antioxidants, vitamins, peptides, enzymes, acids, natural oils and patented scientific molecules, with 100% pure botanical extracts, sourced from around the globe.

Safety is as important to us as effectiveness is. Consequently, we do not use fragrances, phthalates, parabens, synthetic dyes, formaldehyde, sulfates, propylene glycol or TEA. PHACE BIOACTIVE® is a very potent, clinical line designed to work as powerful anti-aging therapy for your skin. All treatments have been clinically tested and are hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested and approved.

For healthy skin and a healthy body, you need an acidic pH on the outside and an alkaline pH on the inside. An alkaline diet relies heavily on antioxidant rich foods like leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. It avoids acid-forming categories like sugar, dairy, meat, processed grains, yeast, alcohol, and caffeine.

A body with an alkaline pH functions like a well-oiled machine. Cells are communicating with one another, energy and focus increase, sleep is deeper, and immunity is higher.

In addition to using pH Optimized Skin Care®, we recommend the following tips to keep your skin's natural acidity in tact:
1. Avoid cleansers and creams that contain soap, detergents such as sodium laurel sulfate, and emulsifiers such as Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA)
2. Avoid toners
3. Wash with lukewarm water, not too cold or not too hot
4. Avoid mechanical exfoliation such as brushes, washcloths, and scrubs. It can destroy the acid mantle. Opt for chemical exfoliants such as alpha, beta, or poly-hydroxy acids
5. Avoid over-steaming your face
6. Use topical antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, and green tea. These fortify cells so they function optimally and protect against environmental stresses and oxidation
7. Always use SPF to shield cells from sun damage and increase the skin's ability to protect itself
8. Moisturize skin frequently with pH Optimized Skin Care®