Litmus Test: A Balancing Act

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Litmus Test: A Balancing Act

We’ve all been told by beauty magazines and blogs that we want to achieve “balanced” skin; but what does that mean exactly? Understanding what balanced skin means and how to achieve it is a basic lesson in chemistry.

It has to do with pH levels – a measuring system for comparing the strength of acids and bases. A scale from 1 to 14 was created to gauge these properties. Pure water is neutral (neither acidic nor alkaline), so it was assigned the midway point on the scale: 7. Anything below 7 is categorized as an acid; those above, a base.

So how does this relate to our skin? The acid mantle is an imperceptible thin viscous fluid important for maintaining overall health of skin and hair. Secretions formed by sebaceous and eccrine sweat glands comprise the acid mantle. Sebum (the oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands) and sweat blend and are further acidified by secretions from normal flora of the skin (bacteria known as Staphylococcus epidermis). The normal acid mantle for both skin and hair ranges between 4.0 and 5.5 on the scale.

Any disruption to the acid mantle, elevating overall skin pH, interferes with this protective barrier, wrenching cells away from each other and resulting in dehydration, roughness, irritation and flaking.

DERMAdoctor’s new Litmus Test pH Correcting & Renewing Glycolic Acid Facial Moisturizer allows you the opportunity to reverse this cycle of dryness by restoring the skin’s pH balance.

Once skin has lost its critical pH balance, skin cells pull apart from each other, allowing moisture stored up beneath the skin’s surface to escape and evaporate and leaving once glowing skin dull, lifeless and a target for infection.

Litmus Test actually promotes cell turnover and reestablishes healthy skin chemistry while soothing and quenching parched, sensitive skin. Use this luxurious cream twice a day for maximum results. It glides on gently and is immediately soaked up by the skin, leaving it feeling softer, smoother and more youthful.

Litmus Test contains Glycolic Acid - Medically recognized as the superior alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) for promoting cellular turnover, restoring pH, and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles lines, as well as blotchy skin discoloration and pore size.

It also contains Urea, a powerful humectant recommended by dermatologist for fighting dry skin, and Hyaluronic Acid, a hydrating agent that holds 1,000 times its weight in water.

This winter, get science on your side and fight, dry, flaky, parched skin while renewing your complexion with Litmus Test, a comprehensive approach to the challenges wrought by hormonal fluctuations, environmental stressors and aging skin physiology.

Amy Burger
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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This post was posted in Anti-Aging, Articles, Balanced Skin, Rejuvenation and was tagged with pH balanced, normal skin, Litmus Test, glycolic acid

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