MICROBIOME 101: THE BENEFITS OF PRE/PROBIOTIC SKINCARE
You might have heard about the friendly microbes living in your gut. You might even be looking after them by eating lots of gut-friendly yoghurt and kimchi (gold star for you!) But there’s another type of microbiome gaining fast-fame… and nurturing it correctly could be the key to securing clear skin for good.
WHAT IS THE SKIN MICROBIOME?
Your skin microbiome is an ecosystem of good bacteria that lives on the surface of your skin. Imagine it like your own tiny jungle: diverse, wonderful, and totally unique to you! There are billions of different microorganisms in this ecosystem, all with a unique purpose. Some ‘eat’ the excess oil on your skin, keeping your sebum levels in check. Others clear up dead skin cells to keep things clean and tidy, while others produce antifungal and antimicrobial compounds to fend off blemish-causing bacteria. Working together in harmonious balance, a healthy microbiome acts like a protective layer on top of your skin, supporting your skin barrier to keep you well-moisturised, smooth, and protected.
If the skin microbiome loses good bacteria or becomes overwhelmed by bad bacteria, the defence mechanism becomes unbalanced and weak. Without enough good bacteria, your skin will become sensitive, easily inflamed and reactive. Minor symptoms of a damaged microbiome include redness, itchiness or breakouts, but it can also lead to more stressful concerns like eczema, psoriasis, and acne. To maintain a complexion that’s healthy, calm and blemish-free, it’s essential to nourish the beneficial bacteria on your skin and keep your defence mechanism thriving!
WHAT DAMAGES THE SKIN MICROBIOME?
Many parts of modern life can upset your precious good bacteria and cause the bad guys to take over. Hot showers, an overly processed diet, stripping cleansers or harsh exfoliators, excess sun exposure, and overuse of antibiotics can destroy healthy skin flora, damage the skin surface, and weaken your natural defences.
WHAT CAN I DO TO SUPPORT MY MICROBIOME?
The benefits of taking pre and probiotics are well-established in gut-health research, and now dermatological studies are showing they can improve your skin health too! The research is exciting and leading scientists now believe that pre/probiotic formulations will be the future of skincare – tackling the source of skin concerns, rather than just the symptoms.
WOW, SO WHAT ARE PRE AND PROBIOTICS?
Think of prebiotics as a protein shake for your good bacteria. If you’ve noticed your skin suffering, it’s likely that the beneficial bacteria in your microbiome are a bit thin on the ground. Nourishing them with a glug of prebiotics will help them to grow strong and healthy again.
Now this is the interesting bit. Probiotics are actual organisms themselves! When applied to the skin in a moisturiser or cream, probiotics can restore microbiome balance by surging it with extra good bacteria. It’s like air-lifting supplies into your skin, so the defence team can repair and restore itself.
THE BEST PREBIOTIC SKINCARE FOR BREAKOUTS
Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum is crammed with prebiotics to support good bacteria. We’ve also added bioflavonoids to fight microbial invaders that can trigger acne and spots, as well as blue spirulina to help soak up excess oiliness. This serum is ideal for hormonal teenagers, keeping overzealous sebum levels and those unpredictable flare-ups in check!
You can seal in all that skin nutrition with our organic Fresh Waves Balancing Moisturiser. Specially-formulated for oily, combination, and blemish-prone skin types, this refreshingly light moisturiser contains both pre and probiotics to nurture your skin’s microbiome throughout the day or night. The cooling, cream-gel texture will instantly soothe inflammation and redness on the surface, while the pre/probiotic blend works to reduce these concerns in the long-term.
The formula also contains hyaluronic acid to gently plump up moisture-stripped skin cells, which is particularly helpful if your skin barrier has become damaged and unable to lock in enough hydration. Luckily, Fresh Waves also contains nourishing fatty acids from blueberry seed oil to give your moisture barrier a deeply conditioning resilience boost, too.
So, what are you waiting for? Add our natural, microbiome-friendly strains into your routine to restore total skin health... and watch the tides turn towards a calm, collected complexion!