pHind Out the Truth: Using pH Test Strips for Skincare – A Review of pH Dip Sticks

At this point in my life, using pH test strips is the closest thing I’ll get to an adult science fair.  It’s strangely gratifying when you successfully match up a test strip to the color guide.

Before I get into my experience using these strips, let me start at the beginning.  I had heard vaguely here and there about pH in skincare, such as the pH level a product must be at for optimum efficacy.  But only recently did I start learning about the natural pH of skin (it’s slightly acidic) and its importance to the skin’s moisture barrier.  Skin & Tonics did a great post explaining this concept.  Since I have skin on the drier side, I paid attention and basically agonized for a day over whether my skincare was destroying my moisture barrier.

Anyway, I decided to stop agonizing, bought these paper pH strips, and began testing away!

01 pH Test Strip Review
Unused strip resembles a pH of 5 on the diagram

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Not En Pointe: Chacott Cleansing Water Review

01 Chacott Cleansing Water ReviewThe saleswoman had me at “ballet.” Chacott for Professionals is a Japanese ballet brand, she explained. Well if it’s good enough for prima ballerinas, surely it’s good enough for little ol’ me.

02 Chacott Cleansing Water ReviewAccording to the saleswoman, the Cleansing Water is supposedly comparable to Bioderma but cheaper. I’ve never tried Bioderma, so I can’t speak to that point. However, my skepticism about cleansing waters was borne out when I used Chacott.

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Mousse Season: Naruko Raw Job’s Tears Supercritical CO2 Brightening Make-up Removing Cleansing Mousse Review

01 Naruko Raw Jobs Tears Supercritical CO2 Brightening Make-up Removing Cleansing Mousse ReviewFrom Naruko’s Raw Job’s Tears line, Supercritical CO2 Brightening Make-up Removing Cleansing Mousse ($19 for 5.25 fl. oz.) is a self-foaming makeup remover. The lather is fluffy like the Hada Labo face wash I reviewed before. But this is no ordinary face wash; you apply this foam to dry skin.

Directions: Apply 3 pumps to dry skin, massage, then rinse off. (One pump is shown above.)

02 Naruko Raw Jobs Tears Supercritical CO2 Brightening Make-up Removing Cleansing Mousse Review

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Foam Sweet Foam: Hada Labo Gokujyun Foaming Face Wash Review

01 Hada Labo Gokujyun Foaming Face Wash Review Hada Labo Gokujyun Foaming Face Wash is an auto-foaming face wash whose star ingredient is–like all products in the Gokujyun line–“Super Hyaluronic Acid,” which supposedly holds twice as much moisture as regular hyaluronic acid. The saleswoman at oo35mm recommended this to me after I told her I was looking for a gentle foaming cleanser for dry skin.

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