There is a lot of talk about the skin microbiome but it seems to be not fully understood by many.
Our unique microbiome contains an array of microorganisms that feed on oils and require water for their existence. Without proper hydration and moisturizing, we diminish the beneficial microorganisms in our microbiome which in effect leaves our skin barrier vulnerable and sensitive, prone to irritation, infections, hyperpigmentation, and accelerated or premature aging.
The microbiome weakening is also a part of our bodies natural aging process. When oil gland activity decreases, it is more important than ever to apply occlusive products onto the face, body, and hair to protect them from dehydration.
As a facialist, the loss of oil production in aging skin, and how this affects the skin microbiome in a negative way, is one of the most significant factor to identify and treat!
WHAT NOT TO DO!
1. Do not overwash your skin.
With overwashing and respectfully aging, we strip and lose the essential skin lipids on which the beneficial bacteria from our microbiome "feeds" (it feeds on squalane, which is a natural component of the skin oil).
Stripping of the lipids then leads to diminished microbiota (collection of all microorganisms in our unique microbiome) which disrupts our skin barrier and further, the skin immunity. The skin can become vulnerable (sensitized), frail and prone to UV damage and infections.
2. Do not expose your skin to UV and heat radiation
3. Do not skip incorporating a multi-functional moisturizer into your routine. This will help feed your microbiome.
WHAT TO DO TO HELP THE SKIN MICROBIOME THRIVE!
1. Protect the skin against pathogens with antioxidants. We like THE PLANT STEM CELL SERUM WITH PEPTIDES for this.
2. Maintain adequate hydration and moisturization levels (multifunctional moisturizer with hydrator+moisturizer+antipollutant) with the THE ONERTA CREAM BARRIER.
3. UV protection.
4. Decrease exposure to air pollutants.
5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet.
Recent research studies show that the microbiome can be rebalanced by boosting the growth of beneficial bacteria and this is done by “feeding” the good bacteria which in return will improve the skin microbiome.