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Published: Wed March 27, 2019
Categories: The Myth Minx
Truth be told, the surface of your skin is playing host to trillions of ‘bugs’ for lack of a better word. In fact, there are over 1000 different types of bacteria and over 80 different types of fungal species on the skin at any time. The exact mix changes depending on your age, environment, hormones, amount of hair present and the presence of sweat. The good news though, this collection of bacteria and fungi form the healthy flora or microbiome for your skin and work hard to crowd out the bad guys. These microscopic good guys
contribute to your overall skin immunity to form an impenetrable labyrinth for harmful microorganisms.
For years we’ve talked about the importance of maintaining the skin’s barrier function to contribute to its immune function, now there’s another important contender in skin immunity that we’re learning more about – the microbiome.
To have flawless and beautiful skin, the microbiome must be balanced. As soon as this invisible ecosystem becomes imbalanced you will notice an increase in skin irritations or imperfections. An imbalanced microbiome is known as skin disbiosis and can contribute to a wide range of skin conditions including: dandruff and fungal infections and possibly has links to eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea.
How does this invisible army become imbalanced?
Everyday life can impact the microflora of the skin and imbalances can occur. The most common offenders include:
For some of us, we can avoid some of the serious offenders (like harsh topical products) but it can be difficult to escape pollution and UV light.
Is there anything you can do to protect your invisible army?
Fear not, you have to power to keep your skin natural microbiome in check. There are 3 important things you can do on a regular basis to achieve balance:
Prebiotics – not to be confused with Probiotics
You’ve likely heard of probiotics (perhaps you’ve been recommended these after a course of antibiotics. Well prebiotics are completely different to probiotics (but they both operate with the same goal in mind – balancing the microflora). A prebiotic is the energy source that beneficial microbes living on our skin (or in our gut) need to survive on. What this means is that prebiotics help to create the ideal environment for our beneficial bacteria to thrive. Think of them as fertiliser for all the good guys.
You can find prebiotics in nature and within many foods we eat (eg. onions, garlic, bananas and Jerusalem artichokes).
With recent ingredient innovation prebiotic ingredients are now being incorporated into skincare to help create the right environment for a balanced microbiome. A prebiotic ingredient excellent for skincare is Inulin (which is derived from Chicory root).
Inulin helps preserve the healthy appearance of the skin by balancing the skins microbiome.
Check out the latest skincare product innovation with prebiotics
Try Skinstitut’s latest product release – Microbiome Micellar Water. This multi-tasking cleanser and make-up remover is loaded with skin loving superstars (like green tea, coconut water and Vitamin B5) but also includes the skin balancing hero – Inulin (as a prebiotic). Designed to remove dirt, oil and pollution from the skin while hydrating and calming the complexion, Skinstitut’s Microbiome Micellar Water can be used while on the go or as the first step in your double cleanse routine. Best of all it’s free from nasty detergents, chemicals, fragrance and colours and is suitable for all skin types and conditions.