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What is Microbiome Skincare?

The skin barrier is a hot topic at the moment and everyone wants to know how to heal it and ensure it stays healthy and strong. There’s even microbiome skincare now, directly targeted to treat it – but what does that even mean, and do you really need it? Let’s discuss below.

Firstly, what is the skin’s microbiome exactly…

You see, your skin is your largest organ and the skin’s microbiome generally refers to the trillions of bugs that live on it. It’s an amazing eco-system that is essentially, the skin’s good bacteria. Kind of like the good bacteria that live in our gut – but there’s less.

The skin’s microbiome is also likely to differ from person to person and is prone to fluctuating when not looked after. Hence why it’s important to keep it balanced and healthy, because when it’s healthy it can protect us from inflammation, infection and protect us from environmental aggressors too. Kind of like a bodyguard.

The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
How Do You Know If You’ve Damaged Your Skin Barrier?

Here’s the thing, you’ll know if you’ve messed with your skin barrier. If you have, your skin is likely to be sensitised, dry, red, itchy, flaking and it could even be painful to touch! Inflammation and increased breakouts are also super common. And often over-using strong actives can be to blame. Additional lifestyle factors such as mask wearing, UV exposure, seasonal changes, some medications and even not removing your makeup properly can contribute to a damaged skin barrier

So, I hope it’s all starting to make sense now. Our skin’s microbiome is very important to ensure overall healthy and glowy looking skin. It protects us, so we need to look after it by not being too rough with it – and we need to be using the right skincare for our individual skin.  

La-Roche Posay Toleriane Dermallegro Fluid Lightweight Moisturiser
La-Roche Posay Toleriane Dermallegro Fluid Lightweight Moisturiser
What Does Microbiome Skincare Have To Do With It?

Well, skincare specifically designed to help look after our skin’s microbiome will not only will assist in ensuring it stays healthy, but it’s also designed to protect us from environmental damage and supplement it with nutrients to ensure it is looked after.

To keep things simple, skincare specifically targeted to look after the skin’s microbiome is designed to maintain the skin’s equilibrium. This, in turn protects you from inflammation which can develop into skin issues that lead to things like premature ageing. Kapeesh?

Murad Prebiotic 4-in-1 Multi Cleanser
Murad Prebiotic 4-in-1 Multi Cleanser
Best Microbiome Friendly Skincare Products To Try:

The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner

An exfoliating pore tonic full of bio-fermented lactic acid that exfoliates the skin without stripping it.

The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner, $59

Murad Prebiotic 4-in-1 Multi Cleanser

A cleanser designed to promote and restore the skin’s microbiome and facilitate balance. Great for all skin types.

Murad Prebiotic 4-in-1 Multi Cleanser, $58

La-Roche Posay Toleriane Dermallegro Fluid Lightweight Moisturiser

A super gentle, light everyday moisturiser that is formulated with prebiotic thermal spring water. Also made without fragrance, preservatives, alcohol etc… making it a great option even for the most sensitive skin types.

La-Roche Posay Toleriane Dermallegro Fluid Lightweight Moisturiser, $42.95