Have you heard of a ‘skin microbiome’? Consisting of healthy bacteria, this protective layer on the surface of your skin is the key to a beautiful-looking complexion. We talk you through everything you need to know about your skin microbiome.
What Is The Skin Microbiome?
Let’s start with the basics: what is the skin microbiome? In much the same way as your gut is full of healthy bacteria, your skin is home to billions of friendly living microorganisms. This invisible ecosystem of bacteria, viruses and fungi is known as your skin microbiome or skin flora.
Why Is Your Skin Microbiome Important?
Healthy and essential for your skin, all of these organisms make an important contribution to keeping your complexion looking and feeling its best. Your skin flora helps to:
- Protect your skin from external aggressors
- Keep your skin barrier strong
- Maintain your skin’s healthy pH levels
What Harms Your Skin Microbiome?
The incredible thing about your skin flora is that it is personal to you. It is dictated by your genetics, age, gender and the environment you live in. However, there are universal factors that harm everyone’s skin flora. The culprits include high levels of pollution, UV rays and harsh cleansing products.
How To Keep Your Skin Microbiome Healthy
The key to preserving your microbiome is to prevent as much damage as possible, and reverse it when it does occur.
1. Swap harsh soaps for gentle cleansers
Harsh soaps and cleansers can strip your skin of its natural oils, dehydrate your complexion and destabilise your healthy pH levels – all of which harm your skin flora. Avoid using harsh products where possible and instead, opt for skin-friendly washes that are full of soothing and moisturising ingredients. The aim is to cleanse your skin without dehydrating it.
Therapist’s Tip: Our Moisture Burst Facial Wash is gentle enough for everyday use. It blends Jojoba beads, moisturising Almond Oil and gentle cleansing actives to refresh your skin without stripping it of its healthy oils and bacteria.