Did you know? “pH level” refers to how acidic or how alkaline a substance is. The more acidic, the lower the pH; the less acidic, the higher the pH. (For example, battery acid has a pH level of 0, while bleach, which is highly alkaline, has a pH level of 13. Water – considered neutral – has a pH level of 7.) On a scale of 0–14, the skin’s natural pH level is around 5, making it slightly acidic.
Why is skin slightly acidic? The skin’s surface has a naturally protective film called the acid mantle, made up of sebum (free fatty acids) mixed with lactic and amino acids from sweat. If the skin’s pH level is made too alkaline or too acidic then skin can become prone to dehydration, accelerated aging, inflammation, breakouts and other conditions.
Erno Lazlo’s phelityl formulas feature a unique moisturizing complex with a pH nearly identical to that of the skin – to help preserve the acid mantle and maintain optimal skin function. Some of our client favorites include:
Phelityl Pre–Cleansing Oil and Phelityl Cleansing Bar – used together, they dissolve impurities without stripping the skin. Prefer a foaming cleanser? Phelityl Cleansing Gel, suitable for all skin types, gently cleanses without drying and nourishes the skin with rich plant oils, in one simple step.
Phelityl Day Lotion SPF 15 offers weightless protective moisture while maintaining the fatty acids essential for skin function. At night, Hydraphel Intensive Night Cream seals in natural moisture to plump and refresh the skin.
Erno Laszlo’s original Active Phelityl Intensive Cream offers all–purpose, 24–hour moisturizing and protection for all skin types.