The microbiome in the gut is probably the most well-known microbiome in the human body. Books, blogs, podcasts, and even documentaries have been made to discuss its importance in the human body.
But the gut microbiome is only one of many that we should be aware of. Others include our mouths and skin. That is right, your skin is home to millions of bacteria that, when properly cared for, help you get beautiful, flawless skin.
The skin microbiome consists of three different factors that contribute to better-looking skin. Today, we will learn more about these and help you discover how you can use them to your benefit.
- Your skin’s microbiome contributes to the health and youthful appearance of your skin.
- Prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics are all essential to beautiful skin.
- Look for skincare products that have pre- and probiotic ingredients.
What is Skin Microbiome?
The skin microbiome consists of various bacteria, viruses, fungi, and archaea. It changes depending on the skin area, and the person’s age and gender.
Your skin microbiome helps you with:
- Fat storage
- Absorbing nutrients
- Creating blood vessels
- Breaking down toxins
The bacteria in your skin and gut help replenish your soft, delicate tissues by replacing damaged or dead/dying cells with new ones. While the immune system works hard to fight the “bad” or invading microorganisms, it is the microbiome that determines what is beneficial and what needs to be eliminated.
The 3 Ps of a Healthy Skin Microbiome
Because good bacteria are so important to the health of your body as a whole (including your skin), it is imperative to know as much as possible about the three components you need to achieve healthier skin microbiome.
Prebiotics are actually nutrients that the bacteria feed upon. Giving them the proper “food” will help them thrive, while starving them of what they need can contribute to poor immune function and the development of skin conditions.
To ensure the health of the microbiome in the gut, you need to eat foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains.
What about the skin microbiome? In addition to eating a healthy diet, you need to feed the bacteria on a surface level as well. Using microbiome skincare (like snowperk’s Skin Soothing & Hydrating Booster) will help nourish your skin on the surface, while also penetrating the layers of skin to feed the bacteria below the skin’s surface.
Probiotics are the actual bacteria in your skin’s microbiome. The bacteria on your skin can help:
- Suppress inflammation
- Reinforce cell contacts (the tighter the contact, the stronger the barrier is to keep out invading microorganisms)
- Secrete antimicrobial peptides to help against invading pathogens
Using skin boosters in your skincare routine will help the bacteria function optimally, helping them reduce your risk of acne breakouts, soreness caused by inflammation, and premature aging.
You can increase the number of good bacteria in your body by taking probiotic supplements or eating foods such as yogurt, tempeh, and miso soup.
Postbiotics are substances that are produced or released by the metabolic activity of any microorganism, such as bacteria. The substances produced benefit the host (you) because of their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties. This can result in:
- Less redness, swelling, or tenderness of the skin
- Fewer breakouts
- Faster healing after a breakout
- Protection from free radical production and oxidative stress (in other words, reduced dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles)
The fermentation process produces postbiotics. Therefore, eating the following foods can increase the health of the microbiome in the gut.
- Miso soup
- Sourdough bread
How Microbiome Skincare Works
Biodiversity is vital for healthy skin. It will help you repair damage, nourish the skin, and reveal healthy, glowing skin.
While eating prebiotic, probiotic, and postbiotic-rich foods will help you heal from the inside out, the outer layers of skin need extra help. Our modern lifestyle impacts the microbial diversity of our skin. Environmental pollutants, climate, and not getting enough fresh air and sunshine all affect the health of our skin.
However, with the right skincare products, you can reduce:
- Skin sensitivity
- Dull skin
- Dark undereye circles
- Dark spots
- Early signs of aging
The goal of microbiome skincare is to stimulate the growth of good bacteria. The goal is no longer to kill bacteria with our cleansers. We now know how important these microorganisms really are, so we have created formulas that promote balance and enhance the health and natural beauty of our skin. These products allow us to treat the root cause of skin conditions, instead of simply masking them or making them worse.
Take, for example, our Super Hydrating Booster. It contains:
- Saccharide Isomerate: Derived from American Kernel Corn, this serves as a skin humectant (to reduce the loss of moisture), emollient (to soften and moisturize), and replenisher. Research has shown that it helps balance the skin’s microbiome, thereby strengthening the skin’s barrier and promoting optimal skin health.
- Exo-H (Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate): From French Polynesia, a synthesized microorganism that helps hydrate and strengthen the skin.
When looking for microbiome skincare products, consider those that contain:
- Prebiotics: Check the ingredients list for inulin, which is a type of fiber. Though not all fibers are prebiotics, all prebiotics are, in fact, dietary fibers.
- Probiotics: Review the ingredients, checking for things like lactobacillus and Bifida Ferment Lysate.
Stop Hiding Your Flaws: Feel Confident in Your Skin
Many women do not know how to properly care for their skin, simply because they have not been taught. They do not know how to determine what skin type they have. Therefore, they do not know which skincare routine will help them achieve flawless-looking skin.
Instead, they waste their money on skincare products that do not work and pile makeup onto their skin to hide their flaws.
If this sounds familiar, there is hope. You do not have to keep hiding behind a mask of makeup. By determining your skin’s needs, you can utilize the microbiome skincare products that will help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes. You will finally feel confident in your naturally healthy, radiant skin.
Are you ready for youthful-looking skin? Take our snowperk iD test today! The analysis will show you which skincare routine is best for your skin’s unique needs.