We all know how nourishing our insides properly can have a positive lasting effect on our outside appearance- gut health, regulating hormones, and taking care of your mental health. These are all key factors in manifesting your beauty, but did you know about your microbiome? Taking care of and using products that help support your microbiome can help you finally achieve that visible glow from within. Learn more about what your microbiome is and how you can best take care of it with us and continue your journey to a happy and healthy you!
Introducing the microbiome Our skin is our body’s largest organ, colonized by diverse habitats and folds that support a wide range of ecosystems and microorganisms. It acts as a physical barrier that protects us from harmful toxins and bacteria found in the environment. When we hear the word ‘microbiome’ it often refers to regulating our digestive system with probiotics and food supplements. However, there is a new explosion of probiotics that are a hot topic right now and promise to improve every complexion concern. So, what is the skin microbiome? The skin microbiome is simply a ‘home’ to a diverse collection of bacteria that keeps it balanced. The microbiome consists of good and bad bacteria that live in the body, skin, and hair. Research has shown that these copious and disparate arrays of microbes play an important part in our skin health. As mentioned before, our gut gets most of the attention when we discuss the microbiome. However, just like our gut balances harmful and beneficial flora, so does our skin. Though bacteria are normally associated with illness, not all are bad. In fact, some support healthy and beautiful skin.
How does the microbiome benefit skin? The skin microbiome protects the skin from unfriendly organisms that disrupt the skin’s pH balance. Your microbiome balances your skin barrier and contributes nutrients and other essential lipids to make your skin feel and look healthier. You might not notice when the microbiome is out of balance, but it starts to function less effectively and offers less support. Only 21% of consumers are aware of microbiome specific skincare. Considering your microbiome in your skincare can balance skin's pH, kill bacteria that can cause blemishes, and creates a protective barrier on your skin's surface. A significantly imbalanced microbiome may also be linked to causing acne, atopic dermatitis and eczema because of a lack of diversity in the skin microbiome.
How can you care for your skin microbiome? Now that we know a healthy microbiome is a key part of maintaining healthy skin that means we should use products that are non-toxic, natural and gentle. First, avoid using harsh soaps that strip away good bacteria, our Hydrating Cleanser is sulfate-free and nourishing. Follow with the Facial Rinse, an alcohol-free toner that balances the skin’s pH. Next, fermented, natural ingredients are loaded with beneficial bacteria. The Pom Crush Detox Enzyme Mask has gone through the fermentation process. It brightens the skin with revitalizing nutrients and powerful fruit acids such as Papaya and Pumpkin extract. Finally, probiotics don’t only feed your gut, but they also feed your skin. Sonage’s Harmony Glycopolymer Renewal Creme contains Lactic acid which is naturally derived from milk. Lactic acid is a probiotic and skin-friendly bacterium that the skin needs to stay healthy and resilient.
Final Thoughts Healthy skin starts with a healthy microbiome. If you respect your skin’s microbiome by using these gentle, probiotic infused products you can maintain soft, beautifully nourished skin.