You may have heard of gut microbiome, but what is it exactly?
Simply put, a microbiome is a collection of living bacteria -good and bad. For your skin specifically, a microbiome is crucial part of making up your skin barrier, which includes the acid mantle and lipid barrier. Your skin barrier tends to be slightly acidic at a pH of around 5.0, this inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungus and other unwanted pathogens.
Do you have a compromised microbiome? Clients with a weak or damaged microbiome often notice water loss, irritation, tightness after cleansing, dryness or flakiness, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. If you're noticing these symptoms take extra precautions against sun damage, harsh winds or even air from the blow dryer. Take a break from harsh products or treatments and review your products with a qualified esthetician to ensure you're using the right thing for your skin.
How do we take care of it? Have you ever thought bad bacteria is actually good for you? With maintaining a healthy microbiome, you want to have both good and bad bacteria coexist and work together. Some tips for taking care of your microbiome are:
-Use a pH balanced cleanser
-Take a pre/probiotic or eat fermented foods
-Choose cotton fabric masks over synthetic materials
While it may go against our current beliefs, not all bacteria is bad (in reality, we're made up of bacteria). So instead of being creeped out by the billions of life forms that are on your skin, embrace that they're trying to protect you.
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