Even those blessed with perfect complexions can experience flare-ups from time to time, and this is sometimes due to the skin being out of it's natural pH-balance.
Strong skincare and foaming products can all contribute to this and have adverse effects, which is why we're looking at the best pH-balancing products to get your complexion glowing and healthy.
What is pH-balancing skincare?
pH-balancing skincare has a natural pH similar to that of your skin, aka slightly acidic.
Skin's ideal pH is 5.5, which is border acidic when neutral is 7. Some skincare products can disrupt this, which for some can lead to irritation, redness and dryness. Acne and breakouts can even flare-up, which is why finding pH-balancing skincare is essential to keeping your complexion in check.
Choosing products which either have a natural pH-level to that of your skin, or which help to regulate and balance your complexion are most ideal, which is why we have put together our edit of the very best.
9 of the best pH-balancing skincare products for 2020
- COSRX Low pH Good Morning Cleanser
- Skin Doctors pH Balancing Face Cleanser
- Pixi Rose Tonic
- Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Relief and Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion
- Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night Cream
- The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% Superficial Peeling Formulation
- La Roche-Posay Ultra Fine Scrub
- NIOD Flavonone Mud Mask
- Gallinée La Culture Cleansing Bar
Which are the best pH-balanced beauty products?
1.COSRX Low pH Good Morning CleanserCOSRX's Low pH Good Morning Cleanser contains a pH similar to that of the skin (slightly acidic) so it won't disrupt its balance or cause irritation. It contains a base of tea tree oil, which helps to regulate natural sebum production and unclog pores so skin appears clear, calm and healthy. Suitable even for sensitive skin, we love to use this in the morning time to awaken and energise the complexion.
2.Skin Doctors pH Balancing Face CleanserPerfect for congested or dulling complexions, the Skin Doctors pH Balancing Face Cleanser contains lactic acid and a blend of other exfoliating AHA's to sweep away dead skin cells and unclog blocked pores. Avocado oil is also included to help nourish and calm the skin, so even though skin is thoroughly cleansed, it never feels tight or irritated.
3.Pixi Rose TonicHelping to balance out the skin's natural pH levels, Pixi's Rose Tonic is a nutrient-rich facial toner for sensitive complexions. It's great for soothing and calming down reddened and irritated skin thanks to its blend of nourishing rose extracts, while also helping to eliminate last traces of makeup and impurities missed by your cleanser. We love to use this all year-round, but especially when the seasons change as it helps to keep the skin balanced through fluctuations in hot and cold temperatures.
4.Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Relief and Resilience Soothing Treatment LotionThe Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Relief and Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion is a pH-balanced formula that helps to rebalance the skin after cleansing. It contains a base of nutrient-rich mushrooms such as reishi and fermented chaga, alongside sea buckthorn oil to help reduce the appearance of redness and keep the skin beautifully hydrated. Free from common chemical nasties that could cause irritation, this is a HG skincare product for anyone with a sensitive complexion.
5.Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night CreamErno Laszlo's Phelityl Night Cream has a pH level almost identical to the skin, making it great for anyone suffering with mild irritation or redness. The perfect overnight beauty treatment, the night cream contains a blend of emollients that help to intensely moisturise, alongside essential fatty acids to plump-up and add radiance to the complexion.
6.The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% Superficial Peeling FormulationPerfect if you have a mature complexion or are worried about premature skin ageing, The Ordinary's Lactic Acid Formulation contains lactic acid to gently exfoliate, alongside vitamins and minerals to lock in moisture and brighten. For those worried about irritation, don't. The treatment is infused with Tasmanian pepperberry, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory to reduce redness. Want to know more about The Ordinary? Discover our blog post about the bestselling skincare brand here.
7.La Roche-Posay Ultra Fine ScrubLooking for a face scrub that won't cause irritate your delicate skin? Look no further than La Roche-Posay's Ultra Fine Scrub. It has a physiological pH, meaning it won't disrupt your skin's natural balance, but will unclog blocked pores and sweep away dead skin cells for a revitalised and refreshed finish to your complexion.
8.NIOD Flavonone Mud MaskFlavonone mud is close to your skin's natural pH level, making it a perfect ingredient for balancing your complexion if it's slightly irritated or red. NIOD's Flavonone Mud Mask is a very unique tri-phase formula, that helps to restore a natural glow and clarity to your complexion. Packed with detoxifying Amazonian and Brazilian clays, it also contains oleic acid to keep your skin beautifully balanced and hydrated. Discover our edit of the best clay masks to decongest the skin here.
9.Gallinée La Culture Cleansing BarGallinée's La Culture Cleansing Bar is not only pH-balancing, but is also packed with prebiotics to help restore good bacteria levels within the skin and reduce the chance of blemishes and irritation. Free from chemicals such as parabens, silicones and mineral oils, the soap bar is actually soap-free, so great for sensitive complexions. Lactic acid helps to gently exfoliate, without disrupting the skin's natural balance.