The beauty therapists at Ohope’s Dermal Glow cover off Microbiome. What it is, how it functions and how we take care of our skin.

Say what?  Microbiome are a group of microorganisms that co-exist in, and share a particular environment.

Most of us have heard about the importance of a healthy gut with plenty of good bacteria (the microbiome!), and how crucial this balance is for our everyday wellbeing. 

WELL! Did you know that our skin, like the gut, has its own very special microbiome going on! 

The microbiome on our skin is made up of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics.

Prebiotics are what our probiotics feed on.  They are naturally occurring substances on our skin.  Probiotics are the real deal big players, they are alive and they have a huge role in stabilizing the skins microbiome. There are good and bad bacteria on the skin, and we need both types to maintain a healthy skin.  Post biotics are by-products created as a probiotics cycle comes to an end.  The post biotics are a huge range of super beneficial substances for our skin.  To name a few, hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants. 

OK, so why is the skins microbiome so important?

The microbiome on our skin is literally what protects us from the outside world.  The microbiome on our skin is our first line of defence against environmental stressors and pathogens.  It is also what allows for optimum nutrient absorption.  Simply, it knows what to keep out and what to let in.

So, what happens if we don’t support our skins microbiome?

An unsupported microbiome can lead to an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria.  If the bad bacteria start to flourish, the skin can become confused about what to let in and what to keep out.  Skin concerns such as eczema and highly sensitised, red and flaky skin can occur.

So, if we do support our skins microbiome?

Say hello to all the amazing post biotics we talked about, the post biotics are the beautiful collection of substances and molecules that lead to a healthy, hydrated, glowing and STRONG skin.

HOW then to support it?

Along with drinking plenty of water daily and consuming a healthy varied diet – we can support the microbiome by nourishing it with high quality microbiome friendly skincare. 

Let’s help the little guys out by not stripping their environment bare (say with harsh cleansers).  Let’s feed them yummy ingredients that will see them flourish and thrive.

Cosmedix knows the importance of microbiome and all their skincare will support your skins natural balance.

But if you are feeling that maybe your defence barrier may be a little stressed out right now and needs some extra loving care, these two are a couple of star players!

Reboot

This intense overnight serum restores balance and calm to your skin.  Highly concentrated with ingredients that nourish and feed our probiotics.  Deeply hydrates while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Especially great for our sensitive and dehydrated skin types.

Harmonize

Boost your skins microbiome with this amazing moisturizer designed specially to strengthen our skin barrier.  Bursting with Lactococcus Fermante Lysate – a natural conditioning probiotic that will ‘harmonize’ the microbiome on the skins surface. 

Jam packed with plant and fruit enzymes, Harmonize will improve the look of your complexion, bring long lasting hydration and will protect from outside environmental stressors.