The acid mantle is the key to true skin health and beauty. It is one place where oil and water must mix! This very fine film, with a slightly acidic pH rests on the surface of our skin, acting as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin.
Most soaps are alkaline and not only remove surface dirt and oils, but they actually damage the skin by destroying its natural protective Acid Mantle. Any disruption to the acid mantle, elevating overall skin pH, results in dehydration, roughness, irritation and noticeable flaking. Skin is left defenseless and susceptible to further environmental damage.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a healthy addition to your bath. It is soothing, and restores natural pH to the skin. Add one cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to your bath water. This bath will help anyone with dry, irritated skin, which is often a sign of alkalinity.
If you prefer to shower, try combining one cup each of Apple Cider Vinegar and water in a spray bottle. After showering, spray your entire body with this mixture. Wait a few minutes, then rinse. Once or twice a week, try this without rinsing or towelling off. Instead, use your hands to massage your body, working the Apple Cider Vinegar into the skin. Your skin will dry remarkably quickly, leaving your whole body feeling fresh and invigorated.
Apple Cider Vinegar can be used for a multitude of skin complaints. Irritation from chicken pox, hives, poison ivy, poison oak, shingles, eczema, psoriasis and diaper rash can be minimized by soaking in an Apple Cider Vinegar bath (as mentioned above).
Diaper Rash - wipe the baby's bottom with a solution of 8 parts water to 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar.
pH pH is the measurement of acidity. It ranges from 0 (very acidic) to 14 (very alkaline). The more acidity in the substance, the lower the pH, the less acidity, the higher the pH. There are differing values of pH in the body depending on what function is being performed. For example, the pH of the stomach is very acidic, around 1, because stomach acids help break down the foods we eat. Our saliva and blood, on the other hand, are much closer to neutral. Neutral substances, like water, have a pH of 7. A pH above 7 is considered alkaline (less acidic), and a pH below 7 is considered acidic. Health human skin has a pH of 4.5 to 5.5.
Soak your toothbrush in a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide to keep it free of germs.
Due to gaping loopholes in federal law, companies can put virtually any ingredient into personal care products. Pre-market safety tests are not required.
Some good products:
Burt's Bees skin care products
Peelu Tooth powder
Dr Bronner's soap
Kirk's Castile soap
Pears bar soap.
Witch Hazel for aftershave lotion.
Aubrey Organics Blue Camomile shampoo.
Some old fashion products:
Toothpaste - Baking soda mixed with Hydrogen Peroxide.
Under arm deodorant - Baking soda mixed with water.
Hair conditioner - 50/50 White vinegar & water. Apply, wait for 30 seconds & rinse.
After Shave Lotion - Witch Hazel.