The word “bacteria” conjures up negative feelings for many people. We think of things like E.coli and Salmonella, of disease and infection. But not all bacteria are bad. In fact, we need bacteria to survive. Read on to learn about bacteria and Biome-positive skincare.
From breaking down organic matter to produce the soil we grow our food in, to the creation of foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, to digesting our food, bacteria play an important role in our lives.
You might have been advised to take probiotics after a round of antibiotics, or been told to eat yogurt after having digestive troubles. This is because good bacteria are necessary to keep our bodies in balance and protect our health.
You may also have heard of prebiotics, which are compounds that feed existing bacteria both in our gut and on our skin, helping them to thrive.
But good bacteria aren’t only necessary for our digestive systems; they’re important to our entire bodies, including our skin. Biome-positive skincare is a very minimalist version of beauty – only use what you need, and let your bacteria do the rest! Let’s look at the skin benefits of good bacteria.
You also might have heard phrases along the lines of “Your skin is a reflection of your gut.” While this is true and our gut and skin are linked, it would also be accurate to say that our modern lifestyles impact hugely on the microbiome on our skin. The daily stress that we face, high levels of pollution and harsh stripping cosmetics are constantly eliminating our microscopic friends, resulting in an imbalance of bacteria and increased inflammation on the surface of our skin.
Turns out the trillions of bacteria on our skin aren’t just chilling out on our cheeks, they are busy producing short chain fatty acids that reduce inflammation and, rather dramatically, protect our skin’s DNA. Not to mention, preserving our skin’s ability to heal and regenerate – aka the secret to a plumper, younger looking complexion.
Bugs and skin, you just get itchy thinking about it! The mixture of bacteria species on our skin used to live in harmony on our skin naturally until modern hygiene disrupted them. This bacteria mix has a massive impact on all our eco-systems, keeping the bacteria of our skin in equilibrium.
Au Natural Skinfood is formulated to give your skin’s microbiome a gentle hug, rather than blasting it with harsh chemicals. Probiotic skincare actively improves the level of good bacteria living on your skin. As James Hamblin’s new book “Clean” claims; dirty skin could be key when it comes to avoiding common skin complaints like inflammation, breakouts, premature ageing, and dryness.
The microbiome – your body’s healthy bacteria – strengthens your skin’s protective barrier. It limits exposure to allergens, acne, and eczema, aids in wound healing, and defends your skin from UV rays. When you protect and care for your skin the right way – as nature intended – you nourish your microbiome, resulting in Biome-positive skin.
Help Prevent Skin Cancer
We are learning more and more how important the skin microbiome is to health. For example, scientists have recently found that one strain of S. epidermis, called 6-HAP prevented mice from getting skin cancer and reduced the size of melanoma tumors by 50%.
Who would have thought that bacteria could be the key to protecting us against UV rays? While 6-HAP has not yet been studied in humans, it’s possible that it functions the same way, since we know that S. epidermis provides many protective benefits to our own skin.
Our Prepare Spray On Brightening Lotion is a great choice for balancing your skin’s microbiome, increasing good bacteria, and inhibiting the bad. It also contains concentrated vitamin C to help reduce pigmentation and redness. Prepare is specifically formulated to strengthen your skin’s natural defences against environmental damage.
Soothe Your Irritated Skin
Whether you suffer from a skin condition like rosacea, or your skin is just generally irritated, probiotics can help. Because probiotics reduce inflammation and also prevent bad bacteria from entering your skin, you’re less likely to suffer from rosacea or psoriasis flares.
Any time your skin becomes irritated or broken, bad bacteria have a chance to enter. And unfortunately, if your skin is dry and itchy, you’re also more likely to scratch it and introduce more bad bacteria. If you suffer from a skin condition like psoriasis or rosacea, that means your immune system is likely to be triggered and your flare will worsen.
Probiotics work to fight those bad bacteria while also calming your immune system and reducing. So, whether you have a skin condition like rosacea, or your skin is dry and flaky from hand washing or winter air, probiotics can help soothe your skin and prevent infection-causing bacteria from crossing your skin barrier.
Our PM Night Cream keeps your skin’s bacteria in balance and helps regenerate your skin. It also contains evening primrose oil to help calm and heal irritated skin. And since it’s a night cream, it’ll work its magic while you sleep.
As we learn more about how important our body’s microbiome is, it’s likely that we’ll continue to find more and more ways our skin benefits from good bacteria. Add probiotics to your skincare routine, and you’ll be ahead of the game.
Manuka honey is a great choice for balancing your skin’s microbiome. In fact, it’s so effective that it has been approved by the FDA for wound treatment, more importantly Manuka honey has a clinically proven inhibitory effect of staphylococcus aureus.
Manuka honey’s ability to inhibit bad bacteria while promoting the growth of good bacteria is one of the reasons it’s a hero ingredient in our products, leading the way to biome-positive skin, remember when it comes to your microbiome, its all about the balance.
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If you are feeling like your skin is compromised, you can also give your skin some love from within. Au Natural Skinfood’s Hair.Skin.Nails. Marine Collagen Powder, with Manuka honey and New Zealand grapeseed extract, balances your gut microbiome and builds collagen in your skin.
I am here to help and want to support you on your journey to healthy skin, please contact me directly through [email protected] I would love to hear your experience and answer any questions that you might have.
Over the next three blogs, I will be talking about specific issues caused by an imbalanced skin microbiome. this include: acne and oily skin, eczema and sensitive skin, and aging and dry skin..
Tracy, Founder Au Natural Skinfood