Balance your skin PH!!!!!

topic posted Tue, August 15, 2006 - 8:36 AM by  Amira
Your skin appreciates a balance in pH! If the pH is neutral, then your skin will reflect it. Oftentimes, astringents are too acidic, or cleansers are too basic; the list goes on and on. I discovered this method of exfoliation/toning on a site and decided to give it a go because there were absolutely raving reviews about it! Try this when you exfoliate:

Baking soda is a great exfoliant. It's gentle on skin and makes impurities surface to skin (you can gently extract these once they do surface thanks to the baking soda). What you do is mix it with water to make a paste and then scrub your face delicately. Don't worry- this is a much gentler scrub than things like St. Ives, so even if you have sensitive skin, don't be afraid to try it.

When you do this, you can do it in three ways:
1) wash with a mild cleanser, then exfoliate
2) mix the cleanser with the baking soda/water (I mix in my Johnson's wash with it... this means that the baking soda is opening the pores up, and then delivering the cleanser REALLY deep into your pores!)
3) don't use the cleanser.

You really have to be careful to wash it all off. You don't want baking soda hanging around your face!

It might feel a little uncomfortable at first, but that's cause it's purging your skin of the impurities!

However, baking soda is very very basic (in pH, I mean). So, you need an acidic toner to balance out the base! The solution is an apple cider vinegar toner. First, dilute it in an 8:1 water:ACV solution. Gradually adjust it to a 1:1 ratio for your skin. If you find 1:1 is too harsh for you, then find the amount that's right for you. Don't apply ACV directly! It'll be too harsh! Apply this as a toner. You can either wash it off in 10+ minutes, or leave it on for longer.

Moisturize after you finish!

I don't know, I was a little hesitant to try this because it sounded so harsh, esp on sensitive skin: harsh, gritty baking soda AND vinegar??? But I'm glad I tried it. A friend's aesthetician approved of it, saying it was fine for sensitive skin! And the thing is, it has a lot of other benefits too. For example, it fades redmarks. I've never really had bad acne, but I've had a pimple or two every couple of months, and I'm pretty pale so it leaves redmarks. It fades them right away! The reason is that the exfoliation scrubs away at dead skin, which boosts skin healing. Then, the vinegar bleaches your skin! (but won't bleach it past your natural skin color, don't worry!)

I have heard it's not good to exfoliate everyday... even so, I do this because it's all natural ingrediants that deliver but don't irritate. I feel so clean right after! Although the apple cider vinegar smells bad.. ugh. Oh well!
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  • Re: Balance your skin PH!!!!!

    Tue, August 15, 2006 - 2:18 PM
    I usually use honey on my face, but I'll try baking soda after and then report back to you.
    • Re: Balance your skin PH!!!!!

      Mon, August 21, 2006 - 10:39 AM
      honey has a lot of bacteria in it that will eventually make your face break. from other people's experiences it sounds like it makes your skin great but then turns on your in the dead of night!
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        Mon, August 21, 2006 - 10:39 AM
        woops.. uhh break out, not break.. that would just be weird...
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          Mon, August 21, 2006 - 7:24 PM
          As faithful as I've been to using honey you may very well be right, because I have been breaking out lately... Damn. I'll see what happens if I omit the honey for a week.
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            Re: Balance your skin PH!!!!!

            Sun, October 8, 2006 - 6:30 AM
            Hmm.. I thought honey was antibaterial.

            But I've also been doing the honey thing lately, & yes, I've been breaking out more than normal since about a week or so after using it often... I think I'll omit it as well & see what happens...
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    Mon, August 21, 2006 - 7:24 PM
    Okay, so I've been using the baking soda for a few days now and I have to say it is really awesome. I was previously using a salt scrub for blackheads, but baking soda seems to be so much more affective. Thanks for the tip!
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      Re: Balance your skin PH!!!!!

      Mon, August 21, 2006 - 10:16 PM
      I use apple cider vinegar straight and it is fine,it might sting a little if
      I have a pimple...but only for a second and its not that bad..its great for the skina glow esp if drinking every day as well...
      • Re: Balance your skin PH!!!!!

        Mon, September 4, 2006 - 5:33 PM
        I am not worried about balancing my skin with PH since I started using products ARBONNE.
        All arbonne personal care products including my face products ( Arbonne Intelligence smart set) are pH corrected beside that arbonne products area botanically-based, hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, never tested on animals. formulated without animal products, formulated without mineral oil and formulated witout dyes or chemical fragrances

        If you have any question feel free to contact me :D

        Also please feel free to check this before and after pictures :D
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          Re: Balance your skin PH!!!!!

          Mon, September 4, 2006 - 8:30 PM
          Looks like someone is trying to covertly sell Arbonne in a homemade remedies tribe...
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            Tue, September 5, 2006 - 6:25 AM
            Apparently Arbonne is the answer for every post....
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              Re: Balance your skin PH!!!!!

              Sun, October 8, 2006 - 1:11 AM
              You know if you'll buy it they'll sell it. Cider vinegar and baking soda are cheeper. If they work why change?. Maybe that is what they put in that stuff Arbonne. Then they charge more cause they probably made it smell better.
              Baking soda can be added to your shampoo to make it strip the film from your hair. It will help remove artifical color, soap film, hairspray,
              but you need to follow up with a vinegar and water rinse to restore the PH. The acid mantal on your skin is what helps protect you skin from germ invasion. It has mild anticeptic properties.
              So it has to help acne.
              What ever you do don't think you'll just outgrow acne. (That was the thing they told my generation) It didn't work.
              Codliver oil is the only thing that really made a difference.
              Apple Cider vinegar is good for you to take internally also.
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        Re: Balance your skin PH!!!!!

        Wed, October 4, 2006 - 2:41 PM
        Use apple cider vinegar on your hair in the shower! I do it after I wash it and before I condition. Not only does it get all the tangles out..and any residual shampoo...over time it makes your hair SHINE like nothing else. It's awesome.

        Ladies have been using vinegar as a hair rinse for centuries...because it's so amazing!
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          Warning about using can sting.

          Wed, October 4, 2006 - 7:59 PM
          Using the vinegar alone will balance the PH....I would dilute it because it stings is a acid. The baking soda before the vinegar may give you zits. The diluted vinegar alone is enough. Any scrapes from the exfoliating will be sensitive. You can try what is suggested, but beware....have you ever done the volcano project in elementary school... bakingsoda and vinegar are the main ingredients...
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          Re: Balance your skin PH!!!!!

          Thu, October 5, 2006 - 8:37 AM
          oooops. Forgot an important point. I take a tupperware juice box and dilute the vinegar 1 to 8 (8 parts water). Then I leave the container in the shower. It works great, but smells kind of yucky - remember to close your eyes because vinegar stings.

  • Re: Balance your skin PH!!!!!

    Fri, October 13, 2006 - 10:33 AM
    Whoa this sounds awesome. I'm going to try it. I also want to try Apple Cider Vineger internally. How much should I take? And do you put it in anything, or drink it like a shot?

    I knew a girl that had really bad rashes, (in junior high) and her mom made her drink a lot of ACV, but she smelled bad like all the time it was coming out of her pores. I don't want to be that girl, so that's why I want to know what it an appropriate amount ;)

    Any ideas, anyone?
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      Fri, October 13, 2006 - 7:25 PM
      This is funny--I've been using baking soda and cetafil for ages to exfoliate my skin. It is wonderful--but I posted it in this tribe about a year or so ago and it was shot down. Hee hee...glad there are people who are more receptive to it now, because it really does work, and it is cheap!

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