Written by Tenley Haraldson.
Over the past few years, the demand for pH balanced body wash and hair products has exploded. And while finding the right ph balanced soap is important for skin health, it can be hard to wade through the buzzwords and downright misleading statements.
In addition to helping you find the best pH balanced body wash, our article also talks about improving your scalp health – something that most brands don't emphasize enough!
How Do You Measure pH?
The pH scale runs from 1 to 14, with purified room temperature water listed as the most neutral solution (7). Any solution below a 7 is considered acidic while any solution above a 7 is alkaline.
No matter the substance, a one-point jump is equivalent to a ten-fold change. For example, milk (approximately 6) is 10 times more acidic than water (which is a 7). Lemon juice has a pH of about 2, meaning that it’s about 50 times more acidic than water.
The pH of Healthy Skin
Most experts state that healthy skin pH falls somewhere between 5.4 to 5.9. Some studies indicate that healthy skin may be even more slightly acidic (ie. below 5).
Is Alkaline or Acidic Skin Better?
If you're struggling with dermatitis, dry patches, premature aging, fungal/bacterial infections, or eczema, you may have alkaline skin. There are plenty of benefits of slightly acidic skin, but the biggest are reduced flaking and greater moisture retention (thanks to improved lipid layers).
What's the Average pH of Body Wash?
Multiple studies reveal that the average pH level of body wash is between 9 to 10. Highly alkaline soap can cause dehydration, irritation, and may even alter healthy bacterial flora (leading to inflammation and breakouts).
Can a Body Wash Actually Help with pH Balance?
When used correctly, an acidified body wash should help your skin maintain a healthier pH range. This is exactly why our team of biochemists developed our pH balancing body wash with:
- Coconut-based cleansers to gently cleanse away impurities.
- Himalayan sea salt to balance and exfoliate.
- Vegetable glycerin to soften and nourish skin.
Don't Forget About Your Scalp
When it comes to shower routines, you can't forget about your scalp. It's incredibly sensitive to changes in pH, and the fairly netural (generally around 5.5). Most shampoo companies don't share these values on their labels, but:
- 60% of the nation’s most popular shampoos had pH levels above 5.0 (usually between 6.0 and 7.0).
- The majority of “no-tear” children’s shampoos average 7.0.
- 80% of anti-dandruff shampoos average 8.0 or above.
Why You Should Use pH-Balanced Shampoo
Puracy Natural Shampoo has a pH of 5.5.
Alkaline shampoo increases the electrical charge and friction of hair fibers (leading to damage of the hair shaft and cuticle). It can also cause scalp irritation that increases dandruff. If you have a sensitive scalp or hair that tends to dry out, we recommend a pH balanced natural shampoo (less than 6.0).
Our team of biochemists and hair care professions created our Natural Shampoo (5.5 pH) that reduces frizz, static electricity, and dryness, it should also fights conditions that cause irritation, itching, and flaking.
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Follow with a pH-Balanced Conditioner
Puracy Natural Conditioner has a pH of 3.5 - 4.5.
Because it doesn't seal cuticles thoroughly, an alkaline conditioner may leave you with drier, frizzier hair – and you haven't added heat styling tools, hair dye, and perms yet! Since "it takes two to untangle", our Natural Conditioner (pH: 3.5-4.5) is formulated to help hair cuticles maintain moisture while preventing follicular damage.
Discover Our pH Balanced Soap & Hair Care
Not only are we passionate about providing the best pH balanced body wash and hair care, we also engineer all of our plant-based formulas to cleanse and nourish sensitive skin. Take your shower routine to the next level with our range of award-winning personal care products.