Your microbiome (skin flora), also called skin microbiota, refers to microbiota that reside on the skin. Many of them are bacteria of which there are around 1,000 species upon human skin from nineteen phyla. Most are found in the superficial layers of the epidermis and the upper parts of hair follicles.
Some things, such as certain diets or antibiotics, can disrupt your skin's microbiome. But making some changes in your lifestyle can help improve it. Research has shown that imbalances in the microbiome have been linked to a wide range of conditions, including Alzheimer's, cancer, and immune system diseases. Our skin microbiome plays many roles in keeping our body healthy, namely: communicating with our internal immune system, fighting off infection and easing inflammation.
An unbalanced skin microbiome, is associated with many skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, premature skin aging, acne and poor wound healing. Your skin's microbiome can become compromised by two things; what you put on your skin and what you put in your body.
How to Improve Your Microbiome:
Eat fermented foods. Your gut microbiome can affect the health of your skin and trigger inflammation. Foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, pickles and probiotic yogurt are all great at boosting the good bacteria in your gut.
Avoid inflammatory substances like alcohol, sugar, processed or fried foods. Opt for anti-inflammatory foods like berries, green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts and olive oil - as well as foods that are rich in Glutathione, a potent antioxidant, found in foods like asparagus, carrots, broccoli, spinach, squash and avocados.
Your skin acidity is naturally around pH 5. Soaps, detergents and other harsh skincare products usually have a pH around 10, so their acidity can damage the skin barrier and the microbiome living on it. We believe in a simple skincare routine that respects your skin's microbiome by not adding sulfates, alcohol or other toxic ingredients to our skincare products.
Be gentle with your skin. Over exfoliating, scrubbing with aggressive brushes, or using hot water can strip the skin of healthy microbes and cause tiny tears in the skin, allowing unhealthy pathogens in.
Manage stress. Constantly being under high levels of stress is hard on your whole body but chronic stress also has negative effects on your gut. We recommend adding healthy activities within your daily routine that will help lower stress such as, walking, yoga, and meditation and making sure to get enough sleep each night.
L'Zur skincare products are gentle and contain no harmful toxins, parabens, or sulfates. We believe in respecting your skin's microbiome with our simple 5 step routine while also following the lifestyle changes mentioned above. Cheers to beautiful, healthy skin!