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What is the microbiome in skincare?

We’re not talking about the science of the gut, but the makeup of microorganisms that live on your skin. Yes, your skin is actually teeming with life, and this ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms is known as the microbiome.

The skin microbiome refers to the collection of microorganisms that live on the surface of our skin. This microbiome plays a crucial role in maintaining the health of our skin. It helps to protect our skin from harmful pathogens and maintain the skin’s natural barrier function. The composition of the skin microbiome varies depending on factors such as age, genetics, and environment.

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Above: Natalie Enslöw

Why is the microbiome important in skincare?

Well, these little microorganisms play a huge role in maintaining healthy skin. They act as a protective barrier against harmful bacteria, free radicals help to regulate inflammation, and even play a role in keeping your skin hydrated. A healthy skin microbiome is important for maintaining healthy skin as it can prevent skin problems such as acne, eczema, and rosacea. This is because when the balance of microorganisms on the skin is disturbed, it can lead to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria or a loss of beneficial bacteria, which can trigger an inflammatory response and compromise the skin barrier.

The microbiome also helps to regulate the pH of our skin and keeps the skin hydrated by producing natural moisturising factors. Additionally, a healthy skin microbiome can help to improve the effectiveness of skincare products. The microorganisms in the skin microbiome break down and metabolise certain skincare ingredients (such as our revolutionary hydrolytic enzyme found in the hydrolytic serum), making them more effective.

How can we benefit from nurturing your microbiome in skincare?

There are many ways in which we can benefit from a healthy skin microbiome. One of the best ways is to use skincare products that are formulated to support the skin microbiome.

The way that fjör protects your skin’s microbiome is using our proprietary enzyme technology that we have with the hydrolytic enzyme, that looks at the activity on the skin that helps to deactivate harmful bacteria and helps the remaining good bacteria to thrive. Restoring the harmony back in your skin’s ecosystem.

It’s also important to avoid harsh skincare products that can disrupt the skin microbiome, such as those containing sulphates, parabens or alcohol.

In addition to using the right skincare products, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help to support a healthy skin microbiome such as eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and managing stress.

And of course, don’t forget about the basics of good skincare: moisturize regularly, use sunscreen, which can all contribute to damaging your skin’s microbiome.

There you have it. The microbiome may be tiny, but it plays a big role in your skin’s health.

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