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bach

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pH matters

Hi, as we all know paying attention to product's pH level is another pivotal thing in building a good skincare regime. I've been using skincare products from korean brand mostly but as I am going to add another product into my routine, a few concerns popped out on my head. So you see, I have a COSRX 96% Snail Power Essence(pH-6.9) which I'd like to pair with my retinol serum which the brand claims to have a skin-like pH(pH 5-6). Ideally you would apply essence first, then serum. In my case my essence has higher pH which means it should be applied after my retinol serum when I meant for it to go first so the retinol serum won't irritate my skin. What I am asking here is if it's ok if I go with my snail essence first? Will its pH level cancel my retinol serum's benefit? A help from derm/ skin expert would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance for the answers.
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Peppiemint

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I think you’ll be OK. I have the same issues. while I try to go from low pH to high pH, it’s not aways possible and I think it’s not as big of a deal as it has been. Sometimes I use things in an “incorrect” order for a prolonged period of time and I still see good benefits :) I think its more about doing it over a long period of time thats important!
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bach

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right?? I just want to give this concern a spotlight and gain insight from fellow people who might've encountered this situation before. I certainly do think they won't interrupt each other too coz their range is still between the skin's pH range.
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Yourskintellectual

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Sorry, diversion from your questions. Do you measure ph levels yourself at home? Most brands don't indicate product ph levels. This is the one thing that I've not been investigating as it's just too much work 😱
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bach

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Hi. thanks for the reply and nope haha I didn't. Some brands mention that they have "skin-friendly" pH which translates to 5-6 on pH scale while others come from the insider that mentioned the pH level(in this case it is COSRX. I found it on the internet)
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Alca

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Lower or higher pH won't make your retinol serum less effective. It's a myth. Btw, I've been using this essence before my retinol serum, so far without any issues. 🙂
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bach

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I'm using Somethinc's Level 1% Encapsulated Retinol. Somethinc is an Indonesian brand, all of their products are formulated in Korea so their pH range must've been adjusted to Korea's standard.
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such a great information
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😱😱😱
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