Archives for July 2010

The Importance of Knowing Your Skin’s pH!

Balanced pH, soothing pH, adjusted pH, and just about all manner of pH is advertised on our daily care products! Does the average shopper know what their skin pH should be and how their daily skin care products changes their pH? “So what”, you say?  this Sicilian Lemon is going to become Limoncello by Martjusha

A while ago, I purchased a pH pencil ~ when you “write” with it on your skin, you can see what the pH, or acidity level is. When I used it, I found that my bar soap was pH ten. When my husband saw this, he took it and started using his soap, shampoo and lotions, testing each of them. Nine, ten, eleven and counting! Most in the nine to ten range. What do those numbers mean? What is acidic or alkaline and what does it matter what the pH is of our skin?fresh whipped cream by Rachelle @ Mommy? I'm Hungry!

pH is a measurement of the acidity or alkalinity of a particular substance, in this case your skin. The pH scale goes from 1.0 to 14.0, with the lower numbers being acidic, and the higher numbers alkaline.

The normal, Correct pH of your skin should be right around 5.0 – 5.5.  This is important because one of the functions of our skin is to create a protective barrier to germs! It has what scientists call “immune properties”, meaning that when we come in contact with germs all day long, our skin protects us on the surface from getting infections from them.

The important point to know is that when your skin is out of its normal pH range, your skin’s immune defense can’t work as effectively, taking hours to return to its correct pH – just in time to take another shower!

“The epithelial surfaces form a physical barrier that is very impermeable to most infectious agents. Thus, the skin acts as our first line of defense against invading organisms. The desquamation of skin epithelium also helps remove bacteria and other infectious agents that have adhered to the epithelial surfaces.

Fatty acids in sweat inhibit the growth of bacteria. The low pH of sweat …prevents growth of bacteria.

The normal flora of the skin … can prevent the colonization of pathogenic bacteria by secreting toxic substances or by competing with pathogenic bacteria for nutrients or attachment to cell surfaces.”

What all of  this means is that our skin is like a protective shield against germs, and when we shed dead skin cells, germs go with them. Our own sweat deters the growth of bacteria, and at the correct pH, certain germs can live normally on our skin without causing infections, actually creating substances that kill other potentially very harmful germs when they come along!

The Key:  All of this protection is optimum at the correct pH of your skin. When you shop for skin care products, do you purchase those that are advertised as having a balanced pH? That would mean in the seven to eight range,  more alkaline than your skin should be to do a great job protecting you!!

Do you know the pH of the products you are using? Gorgeous! by JRIDLEY1

Are you taking care of your skin so it can take care of you?

I know I am, because I use Apriori Beauty products, which are pH CORRECT!!

Thanks for stopping by and “Making My Life Beautiful”!

XO Candy

My First Memories of Beauty…..

As I was thinking of the first time I realized someone was beautiful, I found myself smiling. She was my kindergarten teacher, who made an incredible impression on a  little five year old.

Strikingly tall, (wasn’t everyone back then?), gorgeous full face, impeccably dressed with loveliness and grace pouring from her every move -and kindness in her eyes.  I can still see her stylish outfits, impeccably styled hair, classic pumps and most of all, her jewelry. She wore the most colorful and fashionable earrings, necklaces and bracelets, matching each outfit perfectly. I still cannot figure out how she helped us paste and paint, wrote on the chalkboard, played on the playground, and assigned the magic nap time fairy wand, all the while maintaining her poise, confidence and graciousness. I think her loving and kind heart was where her true beauty came from, shown to the world through her grace, framed by her incredible poise, style and fashion.

My second beauty memory was in high school, a time where peer pressure dictates every thought and move. I was in a social group of girls who thought pretty highly of themselves, getting their kicks out of ridiculing anyone who did not meet their standards. Yet, there was another teacher, this one in her late fifties, who “had our number”. She had such a love in her heart for young ladies, with the desire to see us become women of grace and beauty. I was always uncomfortable with how my peers treated her, and stayed on their periphery because deep down I really admired her, and wanted to be as elegant and graceful as she.  Her outfits were right out of fashion magazines, her makeup flawless, and her hair so stylish for someone of “her age”.  She looked at me often as she taught, as I think she saw a very hungry soul behind my eyes.

It has been a long journey for me to feel comfortable in my body, especially my height. My life has brought experiences, people and times of reflection that have helped me to feel beautiful from the inside out. I know that many of you face the same struggles with your appearance and personal image as I. Deep down you desire to make peace with your past, accept the features you were born with, and begin to exude confidence in who you are for the rest of your life.

My two teachers’  inner beauty, confidence, strength and acceptance of their God-given physical characteristics  made a great impression on this young lady who was watching. I wonder who is watching us today and who will be impressed to become all that he/she can be by observing us?

Shy Anna by mainec6“I’m Looking Fabulous” is my place where I hope to share some of my wonderful findings along  life’s journey that have helped me to look and feel more confident. Here, I will introduce you to some very special people who are passionate about making your life’s journey more beautiful, enjoyable and fulfilling!

Welcome to “I’m Looking Fabulous’!

XO Candy

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