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Microbiome-friendly skincare
How the health of our skin microbiome influences everything from dryness to acne

Microbiome-friendly skincare helps you achieve glowy and hydrated skin by supporting the health of your skin microbiome, keeping it balanced.

As the body’s largest organ, the skin serves a vital role as a protective barrier against the external environment. The skin microbiome, consisting of a diverse community of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses, also plays a crucial role in maintaining the skin’s health and integrity.

Supporting a balanced and healthy skin microbiome through the use of microbiome-friendly skincare is essential for achieving glowing, hydrated skin that ages more slowly, while disruptions to this delicate balance can lead to skin problems such as acne, irritation, or dryness.

1. Why Maintaining a Balanced Skin Microbiome is Key to a Healthy and Glowing Complexion – The Microbial Method

Your skin can appear dull, dry, and less elastic when its natural balance is disrupted. To maintain a healthy skin microbiome, it is important to use microbiome-friendly skincare products in your morning and nighttime routines. 

A balanced skin microbiome not only protects against external stressors but also contributes to the production of natural moisturizing factors (NMF) and sebum. These factors are essential in keeping your skin hydrated and promoting a healthy-looking complexion.

Regulating the pH levels of the skin is also an important function of a healthy microbiome, as it maintains the skin’s barrier function, preventing moisture loss and promoting glowy, radiant skin with a smoother and softer texture.

A healthy microbiome can regulate oil production, reduce inflammation, and prevent skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Studies have suggested that a diverse and balanced skin microbiome may also play a role in potentially slowing down the aging process, although this area is still being researched.

2. Decoding the Good Bacteria vs. Bad Bacteria – How to Identify the Microorganisms that Benefit and Harm Your Skin Microbiome 

It is important to note that not all bacteria are harmful to the skin microbiome. In fact, many types of bacteria are beneficial and play important roles in maintaining the health of the skin.
Your skin’s ecosystem is teeming with microorganisms, and the key to a healthy complexion lies in maintaining balance between good and bad bacterias.


Good bacteria

Probiotic powerhouses like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus thermophilus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum are the good guys that keep your skin in check.


Bad bacteria

On the other hand, pathogenic microorganisms like Candida albicans can lead to skin issues like acne. Achieving equilibrium between the two is crucial as it allows the beneficial bacteria to keep the harmful ones at bay.

It is worth noting that the skin microbiome is a highly complex ecosystem and the presence of certain bacteria may be beneficial under certain conditions while harmful under others. Additionally, the skin microbiome can change over time and can be influenced by factors such as diet, lifestyle, and skincare products. Including microbiome-friendly skincare products into your skincare routine will help you keep the balance between the good and bad bacterias resulting in healthy skin microbiome.

 

The concept of a “balanced” microbiome is not one specific set of organisms, but rather a state of equilibrium where harmful microorganisms are kept in check by the beneficial ones.

3. Do all of our skin microbiomes look the same

Everyone’s skin microbiome is unique, shaped by a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. These include genetics, location, age, sun exposure, occupation, diet, hygiene, skincare products used, skin pH, and any underlying health conditions. Even the way a person is born – through vaginal delivery or c-section – can impact the diversity and makeup of their skin microbiome.

Age & Lifestyle

Research has shown that the skin microbiome of older adults tends to have lower diversity and abundance of beneficial bacteria compared to younger adults. It’s also worth noting that the skin microbiome can change over time, and be influenced by factors such as diet, lifestyle, and skincare products.

Skin conditions

Additionally, the skin microbiome of individuals with certain skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis may be different from those without these conditions.

Body region

The skin microbiome can also vary depending on the body part. Meaning different body regions have distinct microbial communities and that the composition and diversity of the skin microbiome can vary depending on factors such as the location of the body, the presence of hair follicles and sweat glands, and the amount of sebum produced.

For example, the skin on the face tends to have a higher diversity of bacteria compared to the skin on the arms and legs. Additionally, the skin on the scalp and the skin on the soles of the feet tend to have higher densities of bacteria compared to other body regions. The skin on the hands and feet also tends to have a different type of bacteria compared to other body parts, as well as different skin pH, due to the frequent use of soap and water for cleaning, the environment they are exposed to, and other factors.

To keep the skin microbiome of each body part balanced you can treat specific body areas with dedicated microbiome-friendly skincare products.

4. How to protect the skin microbiome and what to avoid to keep it balanced

The ultimate solution for clear, youthful skin is microbiome-friendly skincare. Maintaining a healthy balance of skin microbiome can have a major impact on certain skin conditions. For those struggling with acne or eczema, paying attention to the skin microbiome is crucial to prevent infections and discomfort. An imbalanced microbiome can lead to a host of skin issues, including blemishes, and uneven texture.

It’s important to note that everyone’s skin is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Here are a few, of the most common ways to protect the skin microbiome:



Avoid over-cleansing

Washing your skin too frequently or with harsh soaps can disrupt the balance of the skin microbiome. It’s important to use a gentle, microbiome-friendly cleanser like multitasking Pure Pure – AHA BHA Cleanser/ Face Mask and to avoid over-washing, especially if you have sensitive skin.



Use a moisturizer

Moisturizing the skin with multitasking and microbiome-friendly day cream like That’s Calm – Hyaluronic Acid Day Cream can help to strengthen the skin barrier, which can help to protect the skin microbiome from harmful pathogens. Resulting in hydrated, glowy, and healthy-looking skin with a balanced skin microbiome.



Use probiotics 

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help to support the health of the skin microbiome. By using skincare that is multitasking and microbiome-friendly face serum like Summer C – Vitamin C + Niacinamide face serum and night cream containing probiotics such as Think Sleep – Peptide night cream, you can help to maintain the balance of your skin’s microorganisms both during the day and while you sleep, simultaneously targeting other skin issues like acne or dryness. You can also consume fermented food and drinks.



Avoid excessive sun exposure

UV radiation can be harmful to the skin microbiome, and excessive sun exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer. It’s important to protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30



Avoid over-exfoliation

Over-exfoliation can disrupt the balance of the skin microbiome. Exfoliating the skin removes dead skin cells and can help to unclog pores and improve the overall appearance of the skin. However, when exfoliation is done too frequently or with harsh skincare scrubs, it can remove the beneficial bacteria that make up the skin microbiome. This can lead to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria, which can cause inflammation, redness, and other skin problems. Use gentle and microbiome-friendly exfoliants such as Pure Pure.



Maintain a healthy diet

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and probiotics can help to support the health and balance of the skin microbiome.


Each skin is different, so if you have concerns about your skin and its microbiome, it’s recommended to consult a dermatologist or other healthcare professional. They can help you to understand the specific needs of your skin and recommend the appropriate microbiome-friendly skincare products and treatments. We can proudly say that all hyd. formulas are dermatology tested to protect your skin microbiome.

5. know the INCI – ingredients vs skin microbiome

There are several ingredients that can support the health of the skin microbiome and promote a hydrated, glowy and balanced complexion. However the most effective option is to look for microbiome-friendly skincare products that have been clinically tested to protect the skin microbiome.

Learn about some of the best ingredients for a healthy and balanced skin microbiome:



Probiotics & Prebiotics

Probiotics like Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide are beneficial bacteria that can help to maintain the balance of the skin microbiome, by providing the skin with beneficial bacteria and strengthening the skin’s natural defenses. Prebiotics are skincare ingredients that help to nourish the beneficial bacteria already present in the skin, helping to maintain the balance of the skin microbiome.



Antioxidants

Ingredients such as Vitamin C, Cotton Seed Oil or Vitamin E are antioxidants that help to protect the skin microbiome from environmental stressors.



Humectants

Ingredients such as Lactobacillus Ferment, Glycerin, Oat Kernel Extract, Niacinamide or Hyaluronic Acid helps to pull water into the skin, keeping your skin hydrated and glowy.



Gentle exfoliants

Gentle exfoliants in microbiome-friendly skincare products such as Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs) can be beneficial for the skin microbiome, as they help to remove dead skin cells and impurities without disrupting the balance of the skin microbiome.



Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF)

Ingredients such as Amino Acids or Lactic Acid, help to attract and retain water in the upper layers of the skin, keeping it hydrated, healthy and supple.



Oils and butters

Natural oils such as Borage Seed Oil or butters like Tucuma Seed Butter (found in Think Sleep night cream and Summer C face serum) can help to provide essential fatty acids and hydration to the skin, supporting the health and balance of the skin microbiome.


When it comes to your skin, more isn’t always better. For example high concentrations of active ingredients, like 10% Niacinamide, can actually harm your skin microbiome and barrier. Studies have shown that a safe and effective concentration for this ingredient in skincare products is between 2-5%. Therefore it is important to consider how the ingredients in a product work together, not just the specific ingredient itself.


The key to great skin is finding the right balance in your microbiome-friendly skincare formula and skincare routine.

 

Learn more about our hyd.rated ingredients in the dictionary section – click the link

6. How hydrated skin, balanced skin microbiome, and healthy skin barrier connect? 

Hydrated skin and the skin microbiome are closely connected, as both play important roles in maintaining the overall health and appearance of the skin. Therefore, incorporating microbiome-friendly skincare products that provide hydration can help to promote a healthy and balanced microbiome, which in turn can improve the appearance of the skin. The skin microbiome, which is made up of a diverse community of microorganisms that live on the skin, plays a crucial role in protecting the skin from environmental stressors and maintaining its barrier function.

Proper hydration is essential for maintaining the skin barrier function, which is responsible for preventing water loss and keeping harmful microorganisms and irritants out. A well-hydrated skin barrier is better equipped to maintain the balance of the skin microbiome, preventing the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and keeping the skin healthy.


pH level

In addition to its role in maintaining the skin barrier, hydration also plays a role in regulating the skin’s pH levels. The pH of the skin’s surface plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance of the skin microbiome, as certain bacteria thrive in specific pH ranges. When the skin is dehydrated, the pH can become imbalanced, leading to the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and skin problems such as acne and eczema.


Natural moisturizing factors (NMF)

The microorganisms that make up the skin microbiome also produce natural moisturizing factors (NMF) such as amino acids or lactic acid which are essential for maintaining skin hydration. These NMF help to attract and retain water in the upper layers of the skin, keeping it hydrated and supple.


Enzymes

In addition, certain microorganisms in the skin microbiome also produce enzymes that help to break down dead skin cells, sweat and sebum, to help keep the hydrolipid barrier balanced. The skin barrier is a protective layer on the skin that helps to retain moisture and protect the skin from environmental stressors. This helps to keep the complexion clear and smooth, promoting a healthy, glowy and hydrated skin.

7. Best multitasking product for microbiome-friendly skincare routine

Maintaining a healthy skin microbiome is all about curating a skincare routine that supports it. Multitasking skincare products are the ultimate solution for maintaining a healthy skin barrier, and a balanced skin microbiome, and addressing other skin concerns like wrinkles, uneven skin tones, hyperpigmentation, and blackheads all at once. Say goodbye to cluttered routines and hello to radiant, youthful-looking skin with fewer products to use.

Face Serum

Summer C – Vitamin C + Niacinamide Face Serum is a multitasking powerhouse for all skin types. Formulated with 20 active ingredients like Vitamin C, Tucuma Seed Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, or Vitamin E. Niacinamide helps to improve acne-prone skin for a clearer complexion. You can say goodbye to uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation with this brightening serum. Get ready to turn heads with radiant, hydrated, and firmer skin. And the best part? It keeps your skin microbiome in check for optimal skin health.

Day Face Cream

That’s Calm – our powerful Hyaluronic Acid Day Cream is a game-changer for all skin types. This lightweight formula packs a punch by providing deep and long-lasting hydration that makes your skin feel smooth, nourished, and regenerated. Formulated with 17 active ingredients like Opuntia-Ficus Indica Seed Oil, Vitamin D3-like, or Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide. This face cream evens out your skin tone, leaving you with a glowing complexion. What’s more, it’s specially designed to protect and maintain your skin microbiome’s balance – meaning you’ll be able to say goodbye to problematic skin for good.

Night Face Cream

Achieve a youthful and radiant complexion with our Think Sleep – Peptide Night Cream. Infused with 20 active ingredients like Squalane, Tucuma Seed Butter, and a complex of peptides. This rich formula works overnight to firm and tone your skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It deeply hydrates and nourishes your skin, leaving it feeling smoother, healthier, and youthful. And, most importantly, it helps maintain a balanced skin microbiome for optimal skin health.

Face Cleanser / Face mask

Want to give your skin a gentle yet effective exfoliation while keeping your microbiome healthy? Look no further than our Pure Pure AHA BHA Cleanser/Face Mask. Packed with 26 active ingredients like Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Vera, or Borage Seed Oil. This all-in-one product helps even out skin tone, removes dryness and excess oil, reduces blackheads, and boosts the skin’s ability to absorb active ingredients. All to keep your skin microbiome balanced for a healthy, hydrated glow.

Stick to a microbiome-friendly skincare routine consistently and you’ll be rewarded with a radiant and healthy complexion. 

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