You may have heard about the importance of maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, but did you know our skin has its own microbiome? The skin’s microbiome refers to the collection of microorganisms that live on the skin’s surface, which can include bacteria, fungi, yeast and mites, which exist in a delicate balance with one another and our skin. This balance is essential for preventing various skin issues and promoting overall skin health.
One of the most effective ways to maintain a healthy skin microbiome is by using gentle skincare products designed to support the natural balance of the skin and removing unnecessary skincare products from your routine. This can include exfoliating less frequently or stripping back your skincare routine that might contain too many harsh ingredients. Then, by incorporating gentle yet effective skin care products that protect the skin’s moisture barrier, you will be safe knowing that your skin’s microbiome will stay healthy.
How can you tell if your skin microbiome is disrupted?
When the skin microbiome is balanced, it looks smooth, radiant and healthy. It’s an essential part of the skin’s moisture barrier, and when this is healthy, it can help prevent moisture loss.
When the skin’s microbiome is disrupted, you may see issues like acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis or even hyperpigmentation.
IMAGE Skincare has launched a new collection of microbiome skincare, BIOME+, to help you look after your skin’s microbiome. Each product in the range contains fermented, microbiome-friendly squalene derived from sugar cane. This is a plant-derived emollient which moisturises the skin and helps to support a healthy moisture barrier.
BIOME+ Cleansing Comfort Balm
BIOME+ Cleansing Comfort Balm contains microbiome-friendly squalane, which nurtures the skin and melts away makeup, dirt and impurities, leaving your skin feeling soft and hydrated. It helps to reduce moisture loss leaving your skin with a healthy glow, and helps to support a healthy skin moisture barrier.
BIOME+ Dew Bright Serum
BIOME+ Dew Bright Serum is a hydrating hybrid oil-serum that enhances the skin’s elasticity, helping it to appear smoother and more supple. It helps to bind water to the skin to support its moisture barrier, giving the skin a radiant, healthy-looking glow. This also contains squalane which helps to prevent moisture loss and restore suppleness, along with hyaluronic acid to lock hydration into the skin. Niacinamide, tiger grass and holy basil adaptogenic extracts give the skin a healthy glow.
BIOME+ Smoothing Cloud Crème
BIOME+ Smoothing Cloud Crème supports the skin’s moisture barrier while improving skin texture and bounce. It helps to lock in lasting hydration, supporting a healthy skin barrier and soothing and comforting the skin. Along with squalene and hyaluronic acid, this also contains snow mushroom, an antioxidant that helps hydrate the skin, prevents moisture loss and supports a healthy skin barrier.
Understanding the importance of the skin’s microbiome and taking steps to support its health can help to prevent a range of skin issues and promote overall skin health. To shop the BIOME+ range, shop online or visit your local IMAGE Skincare clinic.