Why is the Skin Microbiome So Important When Choosing Skincare

As humans, we have a complex ecosystem of microorganisms that reside on our skin. This diverse community of bacteria, fungi, and viruses is collectively known as the skin microbiome.

While many people might think of bacteria as harmful and something to be eliminated or erased, the truth is that our skin microbiome plays an important role in maintaining the health and appearance of our skin. Recent research has shown that a balanced and diverse skin microbiome can even help prevent severe and common skin concerns such as acne, eczema, and rosacea.

Diagram of Skin microbiome and skin barrier

What is the skin microbiome?

The skin microbiome refers to the collection of microorganisms that live on the surface of our skin. It is made up of a wide range of species, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Each of these species has a unique role to play in maintaining the health of our skin. For example, certain strains of bacteria can help prevent harmful pathogens from colonizing our skin, while others can help maintain the skin's natural moisture barrier.

Why is the skin microbiome important for skincare?

The skin microbiome is essential for maintaining healthy, protective, radiant-looking skin. When the microbiome is balanced, it can help prevent a range of common skin concerns, such as acne, eczema, and rosacea. However, when the microbiome is disrupted, it can lead to a range of skin complications, including inflammation, dryness, and even infection.

Model holding Image Skincare Biome+ product

What can I do to prevent an unbalanced skin microbiome?

One of the most important things you can do to maintain a healthy skin microbiome is to use gentle, non-irritating skincare products.

Harsh chemicals and exfoliants can disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, leading to inflammation and other skin concerns. Instead, opt for products that are formulated with natural ingredients, that are free from sulphates, parabens, and other potentially harmful additives.

How can my diet help my skin microbiome?

Another important factor or step to consider when it comes to your skin microbiome is your diet. Eating a diet that is rich in prebiotics and probiotics can help support a healthy microbiome.

Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that feed the bacteria in our gut and on our skin, while probiotics are live bacteria that can help replenish and maintain the microbiome. Some foods that are rich in prebiotics and probiotics include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi.

In conclusion, our skin microbiome plays a vital role in maintaining the healthy structure, balance and appearance of our skin. By using gentle, non-irritating skincare products and eating a diet that supports a healthy microbiome, we can help prevent common skin concerns and achieve healthy, radiant-looking skin. So, the next time you're thinking about your skincare routine, don't forget about the importance of your skin microbiome!

Skincare for the skin microbiome

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Image Skincare BIOME+ Cleansing Comfort Balm is a skin-nurturing cleansing balm that melts away makeup, dirt, and impurities, leaving the skin soft and hydrated.

Enriched with plant-based nourishing oils, this cleansing balm releases a burst of moisture to comfort dry skin. Sugarcane-derived, fermented squalane moisturises and helps to support a healthy skin moisture barrier, while ashwagandha, an adaptogenic plant, helps to reduce moisture loss and leave skin with a healthy glow.

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Image Skincare BIOME+ Dew Bright Serum the perfect solution to achieve a radiant, healthy-looking glow. This hydrating hybrid oil-serum targets uneven skin tone, helping to reignite a dewy, lit-from-within glow. Enriched with certified microbiome-friendly squalane derived from sugarcane, this serum helps to enhance elasticity and support the appearance of smooth, supple skin. Niacinamide works to smooth and even skin tone, while adaptogenic tiger grass and holy basil plant extracts give skin a radiant, healthy-looking glow. The BIOME+ Dew Bright Serum also contains micro-sunflower extract, which helps to boost skin clarity and luminosity while delivering a more uniform, even tone. Additionally, fermented, cross-linked hyaluronic acid helps bind water to the skin to support its moisture barrier.

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Image BIOME+ Smoothing Cloud Crème - is a luxurious cushioning moisturiser that delivers cloud-like hydration and works to smooth skin texture while minimising the appearance of pores. Formulated with certified microbiome-friendly, fermented squalane derived from sugarcane, this crème supports the skin's moisture barrier while improving skin texture and bounce. Adaptogenic snow mushroom extract and hyaluronic acid work together to lock in lasting hydration and support a healthy skin barrier. But that's not all - this crème also contains flax and celery super-seed extracts that visibly refine skin texture and help to minimize the look of pores, while micro-sunflower extract promotes more luminous, radiant skin. Additionally, pink rock-rose extract works to soothe and comfort the skin.

Supplement to compliment your gut and skin microbiome

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Skin Clear Biome™ is specifically formulated for stressed and problem skin, containing four beneficial bacteria and yeast strains that work in synergy to balance and clear the skin from deep within. Starting with a probiotic is the best way to balance gut health and skin health.
Skin Clear Biome™’s bacteria blend helps maintain a healthy gut flora. Over 70% of cells making up the immune system are based in the gut and nourishing the internal microbiome can support this.

About The Author:

I am Sari, a qualified Skin Therapist here at Skinmart. I have been in the skincare industry for over 15 years. I have a holistic approach to skin and my passion lies in ‘Health’. My philosophy is if we are healthy on the inside, then it shows our vitality on the outside.
I have furthered my knowledge with courses in Skin Anatomy, Advanced Skin Concerns, Advanced Skin Needling and Fitness.
My emphasis is on guiding my clients through their journey of skin concerns and conditions. I like to educate my clients and find the potential triggers for their skin concerns or condition so that together we can eliminate the root of the cause. I aim to give personalised consultations with treatment and correct prescribed skin products.

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