The largest organ in your body is your skin. What goes on outside is equally important as what happens inside. Your good health and your skin’s health are inexorably linked.
On a practical level, we know that! Just eat or drink from something you know you shouldn’t and your skin shows up the next day and screams at you like some kind of deranged witch with a pimple for the middle of your forehead!
Good, healthy skin is home to a vast number of microbes named collectively, the skin microbiome. Scientists tell us to think of this in the same way as gut health.
For a healthy, well-balanced skin microbiome to flourish on the outside of your skin, what you eat, how you de-stress, exercise and maintain your skin all play a part. The inside and the outside mirror each other.
Think about the good effect of pro and prebiotics on your gut health for example. The highly desirable bloom on your post-workout skin or the momentary bliss of a massage or whatever form of tranquility-seeking experience you indulge in.
So, before you scrub, boil or generally sterilize your skin at the thought of all those critters and flora taking up residence, consider that these activities will generally damage the skin microbiome. You want to keep it healthy.
Simplify the products you use and the routines you enjoy. Read the ingredients. Buy quality rather than quantity and make informed choices. New products are available that include pro and pre biotics and that focus on active ingredients sourced from the natural world and are sustainable.
Scientists are working on a whole new approach to skin care products and recommending routines focusing on skin microbiome. Look out beauty world, there are exciting developments in skin care ahead.