To keep skin healthy, hydrated and protected from environmental aggressors it's important to maintain a healthy skin pH. But what does that mean?
The pH scale ranges from 1-14. The lower numbers are acidic and the higher numbers are alkaline. The pH of human skin is 5.4 -5.9, making it slightly acidic. An acidic pH keeps moisture in and makes the skin a hostile environment for potential pathogens, free radicals and harmful toxins. Too much acidity however can increase your chances of inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and acne. It's all about balance :)
Interestingly the pH of our body varies from area to area. The face, neck, chest, and hands are more alkaline than lesser exposed parts of the body such as the armpits and genital areas. To protect your skin from head to toe LINNÉ products are pH balanced (5.5-6). This is one of the ways we formulate to provide hard-working yet gentle skincare.
Soaps and cleansers are the most common pH disruptors. Soap in its very nature is alkaline but our PURIFY face wash is pH balanced and will not cause the dryness, flakiness and irritation associated with the use of alkaline soaps. Our SCRUB too is special in that it incorporates alpha hydroxy acids, but in a percentage and blend that will not expose the skin to excessive acidity. Rather than fight the skin with aggressive ingredients, we are creating products that fundamentally support the skin and its natural process.
Just as important, LINNÉ products are made exclusively with preservatives that support the microbiome and will not disrupt the acid mantle. For water soluble formulas we utilize a fermentation of radish root to populate our products with beneficial bacteria- leaving no room for unwanted invaders. Our oil soluble products protect themselves with a CO2 extract of organic rosemary that promotes product freshness and contains antioxidant activity. Most of our products also include antibacterial and antiviral essential oils that remarkably do not cause bacterial resistance. In fact some essential oils can reverse resistance in bacteria and inhibit bacterial communication!
In short, we are highly considerate in our ingredient selection and formulation process. We want you and your skin to thrive!