On first glances, the ‘microbiome’ might not exactly sound like something you want to look for when you’re trying to optimise skin health, but this little known natural occurrence is an important part of your overall health and well-being. The microbiome is a collection of microorganisms or a mix of bacteria and fungi species found living on the skin’s surface, which works to keep the skin healthy and protected against inflammation and infection.
Far from being something unpleasant, your microbiome is an essential element that needs to be properly maintained to ensure skin’s natural flora is harmonious and working as efficiently as it should be.
How to make sure your microbiome is happy:
There are lots of ways to make sure that your microbiome is as happy as possible. Reducing your intake of processed foods and excess sugar can instantly improve the balance. I recommend incorporating more vibrant and colourful vegetables such as beetroot and oranges to help promote a strong and proportioned microbiome. This will make your skin healthy, clear and glowing.
You can also avoid products that are too harsh, stripping the skin or disrupting the natural PH balance. Antibacterial soaps can have a high PH level of around 10, which is far more than skin’s natural levels of 5, leading to the skin developing a dry and rough texture. My Natural Glow Cleansing Oil washes away makeup and impurities but still respects and replenishes the skin’s microbiome.
How does the microbiome affect acne?
Your skin’s health and overall condition is entirely determined by the microbiome, with acne skin often suffering from an imbalance in the natural bacteria and fungi species on the skin. Healthy skin contains a wide variety of different bacteria, which is why it’s so important to ensure that you nourish the microbiome through your lifestyle, diet and skincare.
What helps promote a healthy microbiome?
The Mask Supreme 7-in-1 multi-tasking miracle helps to intelligently reinforce your skin’s natural defence system. When your skin feels red, irritated, dry, itchy, oily or flaky it is because the ideal balance has been compromised. The mask gets straight to work at restoring the delicate balance of the flora and leaves your complexion deeply hydrated and replenished. Use the mask for ten minutes and remove with a hot cloth for immediate results, or leave overnight so that skin can deeply and intensely benefit from the Oleosome technology both instantly and overtime.
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