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Only on SkinInc.com: The Value of pH Balancing and Probiotics for Healthy Skin

Posted: October 19, 2011

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Consider taking a two-step approach to skin health and wellness. After counseling clients about diet and lifestyle, suggest a spa routine that is corrective without being too aggressive. Skin that is dehydrated or broken out won’t respond well to immediately aggressive peels or exfoliating treatments, so the skin is balanced with enzymes and aromatherapy before attempting anything more advanced. Meanwhile, the client should use a home-care routine that is also gently re-balancing, including vitamins A, C, and B-5, with plenty of ceramides and hyaluronic acid to calm and hydrate. Consistent and diligent morning and evening routines are always important, but never more so than at this particular stage. It is also interesting to note that probiotics have now started showing up in product formulations for topical use where they can encourage cell renewal, improve barrier function and retain surface moisture. This builds new tissue and gives the skin a glow. Also, consider compiling a list of alkaline foods, perhaps from the book The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide (Square One Publishers, June 2006) by Susan Brown, MD, that many clients find very useful. Also, be able to recommend specific brands of probiotics that are easily purchased locally.

The secret to staying healthy and keeping skin youthful might lie in keeping germs healthy and bodies pH-balanced. This way, inner and outer health can be reflected on a daily basis.