How to Protect and Improve Your Skin Microbiome Barrier

The skin microbiome is an invisible community of microorganisms found at the skin’s surface, acting like a security guard to protect our skin from hostile bacteria and viruses. You’ve probably heard all about the benefits of probiotics that help gut health in the form of supplements, kombucha or sauerkraut, but it’s also beneficial to apply the same notion to our skin. By supporting a healthy skin barrier with a balanced skin microbiome you’ll be boosting immunity, oxygen uptake and hydration and reducing sensitivity, dryness, lines and inflammation. In other words, restoring balance means saying hello to youthful, luminous skin!

The skin’s microbiome, also known as the flora, harbours around 300 bacterial species and is the second largest microbial community after the gut microbiome. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, think of it as a delicate ecosystem that needs to provide diverse bacteria to fight everyday stressors. Just like antibiotics and certain foods can mess with our gut flora – soaps, chemicals, pollution, weather, medications and environmental factors can throw off our skin’s microbiome by destroying good bacteria, leading to skin inflammation, acne and other conditions. Doctors have even found a link between those suffering from eczema and rosacea, detecting they have a different microbiome to those who don’t.

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How Can I Improve my Skin Microbiome?

1. NEW O-Biome Hydrating Setting Spray:

Looking for a quick one-step solution to a balanced skin flora? This triple action treatment spray from O Cosmedics protects and nurtures the skin’s microbiome and pH, as well as offering intensive hydration and boosting oxygen uptake with a respiration activator. Active ingredient OXY229 has a 98% natural origin, combing yeast and amino acids to regulate sebum and reduce levels of Corynebacterium Kroppenstedtii (a sebum loving bacterium in the microbiome associated with inflammation). OXY229 also feeds the good bacteria in the skin, while helping to provide essential nutrients for an environment it can flourish in. Simply spray over the face after cleansing or after makeup as a setting spray.

2. Avoid Harsh Cleansers:

Washing your skin too often or using harsh cleansers can strip away good bacteria. Avoid cleansers that contain fragrances and strong chemical microbiome disruptors such as phthalates, triclosan and sodium lauryl sulfate (the ones that give you that “squeaky clean” taught feeling). You want to instead opt for a gentle and nourishing cleanser that will refresh the skin and balance oil and sebum. We love the O Cosmedics Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser, DP Dermaceuticals Tri-Phase Cleanser and Ginger&Me Neurocosmedics Nutri-Luxe Cleansing Oil, all working to cleanse, hydrate and protect the skin with antioxidants.

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3. Protect Your Skin Against UV Rays:

The sun’s damaging rays can destabilise skin, and you don’t need to be feeling heat to know it’s harmful. While UVB rays burn our skin’s top layers in summer, UVA rays age the skin by penetrating the deeper layers even on cold, cloudy days, also causing inflammation, dryness and damaged skin cells. Use a mineral zinc sunscreen each day, which works to shield the skin without the nasty chemicals (some known to kill coral reefs!), which could disrupt your skin microbiome. Our favourites include Suntegrity Moisturising Primer or O Cosmedics Mineral Pro.

4. Boost Good Bacteria from Within:

Boosting your gut bacteria can have a flow-on effect on the whole body, so add a once-a-day probiotic supplement to re-populate the intestine with a beneficial balance of friendly bacteria. Kiki Health Body Biotics Capsules use a proprietary ancient blend of Humic and Fulvic acids to culture a symbiotic blend of 8 highly effective friendly bacteria super-strains. The Body Biotics are dormant until activated with water, when they become ‘alive and thriving’ organisms, trained in nature to withstand the harshest of environments, awaken and begin immediately to multiply.

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