Our skin is naturally acidic, with a pH between 4.5 and 6.2. It is coated by an acid mantle, which is crucial in protecting our skin from bacteria, fungi, and other irritants that might get into our skin. It’s also what keeps our skin moisturized and healthy overall.
Natural factors like age, the level of your skin’s oiliness, moisture, and sweat, can affect how acidic you are. External factors like the products you use (soaps, cosmetics, lotions, etc.) can also affect your skin’s pH level.
There is an intimate relationship between digestive health and beautiful skin. A highly functioning and healthy digestive tract means fewer skin imbalances and irritations. The opposite is also true. A sluggish, weak, or overloaded digestive tract leads to inflammation, toxic build-up, and malnutrition. One or more of these problems can easily and rapidly lead to skin conditions like dehydration, premature wrinkling, loss of elasticity, hyperpigmentation, rash, and acne breakouts. The link between digestive health and acne is especially substantial.
SIGNS OF ACIDIC SKIN
Some clients don’t know that they are acidic until such time that their makeup is done. So here are some signs for you to find out:
- Makeup turns dark after a few hours (or minutes) after application
- Very pale face
- Eyes tear easily
- Cracks at the corner of the lips
Makeup Tips For Acidic Skin
Here are some important Makeup Tips For Acidic Skin. Some of you might have noticed that your face makeup turns darker or changes color the longer you wear it. That’s completely natural, as you must give your makeup time to settle and adjust on your skin’s surface. No base makeup looks 100% like when you first swatch it on your skin.
How dark or off it looks depends on two things: the foundation’s formula and how oily/acidic your face is. If the formula sucks and you’re particularly oily, then it’s not going to look good. Chuck the foundation and look for another one! A good foundation should be able to work with your skin and stay cohesive for as long as you plan to wear it.
However, if you’re very oily/acidic, you might have to get your base makeup one shade lighter than your actual shade. This is just to give your base some leeway to properly adjust your skin.
In my experience, my face makeup changes color a tiny bit, but it’s very minor, so I don’t mind. Like I said, all makeup will adjust to your skin’s surface because, hey, you’re slathering it on a living thing – it’s really not going to stay the same in the natural course of your day! The key is to find an acceptable level of adjustment. It’s good to treat your neck as the reference point. If it’s darker than your face, then it’s okay for your face makeup to darken; if it’s lighter, then get a slightly lighter shade than your face.
Wait, is there a way for you to find out how a foundation, powder, or concealer will adjust your skin? Yes! Ask the sales assistant to apply it all over your face, walk around the mall for about five hours (even longer), and check it in daylight afterward. If the base looks alright, then it’s for you. If it darkens too much, then just get a lighter shade. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but if you blow serious money on a product, a little inconvenience is worth it.
And lastly: don’t put too much faith in sales ladies. Ultimately, you’re the only one who can decide what works and looks good on you. So try a product out for yourself first before committing.
So there you go; I hope this helps! I want to know: are you very acidic, or just using the wrong foundation?
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