May 17 2022 – Genevieve Chaplin
Microbiome friendly skincare is a trend that is here to stay, and there has never been a better time to consider your skin from the inside out. Transcending from a niche trend to a mainstream movement for the masses, many are now proactively seeking formulations that bring balance and health to the skin. I mean, who isn’t for a trend that respects the natural balance of the skin?
As you may or may not know, the skin is home to trillions of microorganisms that form a protective layer known as the microbiome. In fact, skin has 1 billion microbes per square centimetre! These microbes, mostly viruses, bacteria and fungi, are key to maintaining skin health. Working to reinforce the skin barrier function, the microbes help to keep harmful aggressors out and reduce inflammation within the skin.
How to achieve a balanced microbiome?
If the microbiome Is balanced, it can protect the skin from a range of issues such as inflammation, acne and sensitivity. The microbiome may become unbalanced from the use of acid-based products, misuse of active ingredients, environmental pollution, stress and harsh cleansers. If you experience this, you can rebuild your microbiome by adding back the good bacteria and using gentle products that replenish the skin barrier.
Microbiome friendly ingredients
You may be familiar with probiotics, another term for good bacteria, but prebiotics & postbiotics are also used often in the skincare industry. These are ingredients that help healthy bacteria to grow and are great ways to invest in the health of your microbiome. Dedicated microbiome products have also been formulated to not disrupt microflora and keep the skin’s pH balance in check.
Oligosaccharide is a prebiotic that is both hydrating and skin-soothing while helping to prevent water loss. Inulin is another prebiotic that is extremely hydrating and counters the negative effects from preservatives that are used in most skincare products. Both of these prebiotics restore and nourish the microbiome. Lactobacillus, on the other hand, is a probiotic that boosts the skin’s natural moisturising factor for hydrated skin. Probiotics leave behind by-products such as vitamins & lactic acid, which are very beneficial for the skin.
If you feel that your skin is unbalanced and has been compromised by any of the factors mentioned above, looking for skincare ingredients that contain prebiotics, probiotics or postbiotics may be the solution.
The Simply Softr Balancing Clay Mask contains a unique prebiotic complex containing both inulin & oligosaccharide. After only 10 minutes the skin is left with a healthy, natural glow and a balanced microbiome. Other benefits of the Balancing Clay Mask include:
- Detoxify and brighten the skin
- Deeply hydrate
- Fight acne & redness
- Reduce inflammation
- Defend against pollutants, dirt & toxins
- Balance the skins oil production