Have you ever heard someone or personally experienced the following thoughts?
“Regardless of what I do, my skin is always dry and flaky.”
“I’m scared of experimenting with new skincare products because my skin is extremely sensitive and prone to adverse reactions.”
“After washing my face, my skin feels excessively dry and tight.”
Your acid mantle might be trying to tell you that it needs some help!
The Acid Mantle
The Protective Layer on Your Skin You Didn’t Know You Needed
Are you one of those people who have given up on skincare or feel like nothing you do is making a difference? Do you have sensitive skin that can’t tolerate anything? Does your skin feel dry and flaky all the time? If any of this sounds familiar, it’s time to start paying attention to your acid mantle.
Various factors can damage your acid mantle. (see list below). Also, your favorite skincare products or over-cleansing can damage your acid mantle, making your skin feel tight, dry, and red. Ignoring your acid mantle’s distress signals can be dangerous. They can lead to chronic skin issues that are extremely difficult to reverse, such as eczema, psoriasis, and chronic dryness.
What Is The Acid Mantle?
The acid mantle, also known as hydro-liquid film, is a protective layer on your skin that acts like a wall between you and the world. Unfortunately, it is constantly under attack and can break down over time due to various factors. When it breaks down, moisture escapes through the cracks, germs and bacteria can enter, and your skin can become dry, red, and flaky. This can cause a lot of irritation and discomfort.
Here are just a few things that can damage your acid mantle:
- Air conditioning
- Harsh skincare products, like scrubs and soaps
- Harsh weather
- Over cleansing
- Over exfoliating
- Skin diseases like eczema
- Unprotected sun exposure
By understanding the importance of your acid mantle, you can take a more active role in your skincare routine and ensure that your skin stays healthy, hydrated, and glowing for years.
How to repair Acid Mantle
To fix your acid mantle, first, determine if it’s damaged. If your skin feels tight after washing, is constantly dry, and easily irritates with any product, your acid mantle may be damaged. Follow these steps to repair it.
Step 1: Cleanser
It’s possible that changes in age, climate, or stress have caused changes in your skin.
To protect your skin’s acid mantle, start by using a different type of cleanser. Even water, which has a pH of 7, can disrupt your skin’s natural pH balance. After washing your face with water alone, your skin’s pH may become too alkaline. However, your skin can repair itself and restore its acidic pH within a few hours.
Using harsh cleansers frequently can damage the skin’s acid mantle, leading to dryness, flakiness, and irritation.
Step 2: Exfoliation
Although exfoliation is great for brightening up your skin, fading fine lines and dark spots, and making your skin soft, it’s not recommended when your acid mantle is damaged. So, give exfoliation a break in such cases.
The layer of dead cells on your skin’s surface serves a purpose – it shields the underlying delicate, new cells that are not fully developed yet. To safeguard your skin, it’s best to avoid excessive exfoliation or reduce its intensity.
Step 3: Simplify
To focus on repairing your skin’s acid mantle, it’s crucial to stop any activities that might cause irritation. This means taking a hiatus from exfoliating, using retinol, and applying Vitamin C. While you might want to reduce wrinkles, it’s better to defer anti-aging treatments until the acid mantle has fully recovered.
Switch to a simpler routine. Use a mild cleanser, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen containing gentle and hydrating ingredients. This will help restore your skin’s natural barrier and maintain its optimal pH level.
Using skincare products that contain ceramides, fatty acids, and non-fragrant oils (such as jojoba instead of geranium) can be beneficial for your skin as these are naturally present in it and can help to restore its health quickly.
If you have dry, irritated, and sensitive skin, it’s likely because your acid mantle is damaged. To help your skin, simplify your skincare routine by getting rid of any products that may irritate it and focus on moisturizing your skin frequently.
Here are a few products in our product line containing jojoba:
Naturally Moisturizing Stick
Satin Body Revitalizing Shea Scrub
TimeWise Miracle Set 3D
Satin Lips Shea Butter Balm
Simplified Healthy Skin Revolution
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? Yet, it’s the one we so often neglect. We’re all guilty of putting our skin’s health needs on the back burner, but that stops today. Your skin deserves to be a priority.
Our skin is our body’s first defense against harmful pollutants and bacteria. Neglecting it can lead to chronic skin problems and even irreversible damage. But by taking care of it, we can prevent these issues and keep our skin looking radiant and healthy.