Simply put, your acid mantle is your skin’s physical barrier. It’s slightly acidic, with the pH level ranging from 4.5 to 6 (as a reference point, 1 is highly acidic and 14 is alkaline).
These acidic conditions ensure that the skin is able to function effectively while increasing the body’s ability to fight against external irritants like bacteria and pollution (preventing subsequent infection and damage). As such, the acid mantle plays a critical role in overall skin health, texture and quality. Take care of it!
Our acid mantles are compromised of a very thin layer of oil and sweat. It is vital for skin health for several reasons; it regulates moisture levels, protects from environmental damage and irritants like UV radiation, wind, and pollution, inhibits bacterial growth (which leads to congestion and inflammation), keeps skin taut and protects from oxidative damage (your very own antioxidant layer). If your skin is feeling dry, devitalised, dull, sensitive or congested it’s likely your acid mantle is off-kilter. Maintaining your acid mantle begins with an effective skin care regime. To do this, stick to products that work with your acid mantle, not against it. Look for labels with hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free, and avoid products that are alcohol based or contain soap (often disguised as sodium laurel sulfate, DEA, TEA and MEA) as these can be harsh and strip your skin.
Excessive physical exfoliation can wreak havoc on your skin’s acid mantle, so if you do prefer to manually exfoliate, be very, very gentle and don’t over-do it – two to three times per week is more than enough. Otherwise, opt for chemical exfoliation instead. Keep in mind though, that with chemical exfoliation comesanother set of concerns – too many acidic products can throw your acid mantle out of whack and lead to irritation and inflammation. The more you love your acid mantle, the more it will love you back (by way of a clear, bright and radiant complexion). MG x 💕✨ #SkinByMelanieGrant#SkinHealth #AcidMantle