The human microbiome is the definition for millions of micro-organisms that live with us. Without them, we would not be able to digest the food we eat or defend ourselves against pathogenic bacteria. Our skin would no longer ensure its barrier function against external aggressions: infections, sun, abrasions...
The microbiome weakened by hygiene products
A simple shower with a shower gel containing strong preservatives or high pH can destroy millions of good bacteria living on our skin, leaving it unprotected.
Now imagine the effect that daily use of these kinds of products has on the skin microbiome!
Doctors note that our skin is more fragile and prone to chronic infections due to the pollutants that surround us. It's time to change our hygiene routines !
Here are some simple rules that will help you boost and protect your microbiome
First reflex: Sorting out things in your bathroom
- Ban and avoid shower gels or shampoos containing sulphates such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or Sodium Laureth Sulphate. These overly strong detergents are pests for the microbiome.
- Avoid the use of alkaline cosmetics. Their pH levels can be close to 8 or 9, sometimes even exceeding 10. This can be disastrous for the microbiome, resulting in the deaths of a multitude of benificial bacteria present on our skin. This is the case with conventional or natural soaps, baking soda and alcohols.
Take care of your skin and its "nice hosts"
- Do not take showers and baths at very high temperatures.
- Do not partake in regular skin peeling.
- Do not rub your skin too hard with a horsehair glove, loofa or bath towel.
Third reflex: Renounce the obsession with asepsis
- Do not use antibacterial lotion or antibacterial hand soap. Full stop.
- Choose natural household products, they're less aggressive. natural household products and cleaners do not deplete the microbiome at the same levels as intense their chemical counterparts.
Fourth reflex: Feeding your microbiome
- Fermented food products are in fashion. Good! They contain probiotics and prebiotics beneficial to our microbiome. Consume them without moderation. Kefirs, Kombucha, yogurt, soy sauce ... You're spoiled for choice!!
- What is true for our gut microbiome is also true for our skin. Probiotic cosmetic treatments (still few in number), such as BIOSME's hygiene care, help you take care of your skin by protecting and nourishing these precious inhabitants.