Skincare discoveries never fail to baffle us. Even after so many years, we are learning and unlearning so much about it. Being the largest organ of our body, it reacts, gets affected, and even repairs itself from time to time. It acts as a barrier to our entire body and is comprised of millions of microorganisms that dwell on its surface.
Collectively, these microorganisms and bacterias form colonies on our skin and this structural formation collectively forms an ecosystem. Yes, just like nature! – of which we are the organisms that live in it. The skin’s ecosystem is scientifically termed as skin’s MICROBIOME.
….and this must have answered your question of what microbiome really is.
Fact – Microbiome is also commonly known as microflora or microbiota.
Now, moving ahead in the story. Of these bacteria colonizing your skin’s surface, some of them are good ones, and some of them, bad. Generally, the commensalism of microorganisms concludes in the betterment of your body and skin health.
With over 1000+ bacterial species present on our skin, some of them are surely mischievous. The common phyla (species) of bacterias are proteobacteria, actinobacteria, and firmicutes.
Another interesting thing is that our skin’s microbiome reacts differently in different environments. It also is subjected to change as we age, the products we use on our skin, our eating habits, etc. Some researchers even say that our skin’s microbiome composition is as unique as our DNA.
Now, while we are still yet to discover the full story about our skin’s microbiome, we are certain that it should be kept healthy.
A healthy skin flora-
- leads to solid protection against environmental pollution and toxins, pathogens,
- supports your immune system
What issues are associated with an unhealthy or disturbed skin barrier –
- Poor skin health
- Intensification or worsening of skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema.
- Leads to acne, breakouts, and allergies.
- Accelerates skin’s aging process.
With all of this being said and heard about skin and its composition till now, let’s move on to the next MAIN CONCEPT. The story continues further with PREBIOTICS.
Lack of a healthy microbiome can be repaired and maintained with a humble dose of prebiotics.
Now, what exactly are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are the food for your good bacteria. They are non-digestible compounds or a form of complex carbohydrates that keep your bad bacteria from misbehaving.
So, when you feed your good bacteria with enough prebiotics, your skin’s microbiome flourishes and stays healthy.
Adding to that,
- All the skin problems stay at bay.
- Your skin glows naturally and gives a tough fight to the bad bacteria.
- Your skin ages slowly and becomes more elastic.
- The skin’s barrier grows strong and gets resistant to the harmful toxic present in the environment. A stronger barrier function is definitely a good way to move forward.
- pH levels of your skin stay balanced.
- You experience lesser acne breakouts than usual.
How can you incorporate Prebiotics in your skincare?
Well, the beauty world is graciously fusing the powerful Prebiotics into skincare products. (and, let us add – it is for the good) It has shown promising results so far and the research is still on for more benefits. This new wave of prebiotics is revolutionizing skincare with promising results. It is said that with regular use, your skin’s health flourishes with visible results.
How does it work for your skin?
The products infused with PREBIOTICS provide beneficial bacteria to your skin. It provides the necessary moisturization for a supple natural texture. Redness and allergies fairly start reducing. Once the microbiome starts to get proper nourishment, you will start loving your skin more. – Not that you shouldn’t love your existing skin, but because you should always practice self-love.
Additionally, you can even ingest PREBIOTICS through the food you eat. Start incorporating fiber-rich, prebiotic foods in your diet. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fermented food items, yogurt, etc. keep your gut healthy.
Let us also tell you this, most people also confuse probiotics with prebiotics and vice versa. It is therefore imperative to understand their differences. Excessive research is done on probiotics rather than prebiotics, this is the major reason for confusion and lack of knowledge. But don’t worry, in our blog series, we will try to sum up and provide the information about PREBIOTICS we can for you! So, stay tuned and keep supporting us like always!
Till then, STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY, and SHINE GIRL!