January 03 2022 – Genevieve Chaplin
Did you know that trillions of tiny bacteria, viruses, and fungi are living on your skin right now? They've made their home on your face and are a part of your skin's microbiome.
It may seem kind of gross at first, but it's actually super interesting!
Research shows that they're the latest secret to healthy, radiant and glowing skin. But what exactly is a skin microbiome? And how can it help us achieve glowing skin?
What is a Skin Microbiome?
The microbiome is a collection of organisms that live on, in, and around you – it is the term used to describe these microscopic creatures. Your skin microbiome consists of all the microbes that live on your outer protective barrier, your skin. They work together to help your body function properly and dictate skin ailments like eczema, acne, or early signs of aging.
The more balanced your skin microbiome is, the better it can protect you from external factors that may cause harm. Your skin microbiome is also an indicator of both physical and mental health. Skin issues arise if this balance is awry or if your skin gets colonized by bad bacteria.
Your skin's microbiome helps with fighting off infections from outside factors, and contributes to healthy skin by producing immunoglobulins, vitamins, and enzymes. In addition, the skin microbiome regulates sebum production, which keeps skin moisturized. However, if these bacteria are not properly taken care of or disrupted by factors such as dirt or chemical products, it can lead to breakouts, redness, dry skin, itchiness, eczema-like symptoms, etc.
So what should you do to maintain your skin's microbiome balance? First, you need to understand what influences the skin microbiome.
Influences on the Skin Microbiome
Your skin microbiome is affected by many different factors including your pH levels, the presence of oil and moisture in the right balance, the number of bacteria that live on your skin, and more.
You need to consider the harmful factors that can worsen or inhibit your skin's microbiome. To do this, you need to think about everything that adds stress to your life. These are–sun, air quality, diet, stress levels, alcohol consumption, or something as simple as your extra harsh facewash stripping your skin of its microscopic friends.
Lastly, understand what feeds good bacteria so they can maintain their population. It is why microbiome skincare has a minimalistic approach. Feed your skin only what it needs and let the bacteria do the rest.
With that said, your skin microbiome will do wonders on your skin's complexion and texture. The trillions of bacteria on our skin are busy producing short-chain fatty acids that reduce inflammation and protect our skin's DNA. Furthermore, they preserve the skin's ability to heal and regenerate, giving it a plumper, younger-looking complexion.
Cue, microbiome friendly skincare!
Simply Softr products are formulated to give your skin's microbiome the TLC it needs. Their prebiotic skincare actively promotes the level of good bacteria on your skin which helps to maintain skin's balance.
Disclaimer: This blog post is solely for informative purposes. Even though research indicates that prebiotics/probiotics can alleviate certain skin conditions, we do not make any therapeutic or medical claims about our skincare. Our skincare is meant only for cosmetic purposes.