When you think about the health of your skin, do you ever consider its microbiome? You should. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it plays a key role in regulating many of your bodily functions. Skin biome is an ecosystem of microorganisms that live on the skin and play a crucial role in how your skin looks, feels, acts and its ability to serve as a barrier to the outside world. It protects your internal organs from outside threats such as bacteria, viruses, chemicals and other toxins. And at the same time, it helps regulate body temperature and prevents dehydration by keeping moisture locked inside—all while absorbing nutrients from food that we eat and the environment we spend time in.
How do you know if your skin microbiome is in balance?
The first step in knowing whether or not your skin microbiome is in balance is to understand what a healthy microbiome looks like.
Your skin has its own ecosystem of microorganisms that includes bacteria, viruses, yeast and mites. These organisms live on the outermost layer of your skin and are responsible for keeping it healthy by protecting against inflammation and other infections that could be harmful to the body.
In general, if your skin's microbiome is balanced then you should see fewer acne breakouts or rashes than those with an unbalanced microbiome. However, just because you don't get breakouts doesn't mean you're immune from issues related to an imbalance—you might simply not notice them as much. For example: one study found that people with rosacea had increased levels of pathogenic staphylococci compared to healthy individuals; however these differences were not significant enough to cause any symptoms yet alone lead doctors away from diagnosing rosacea due solely on bacterial counts (which they often do).
Look for products made with natural ingredients that promote the health of your skin and its microbiome.
If you're wondering why your skin is feeling a little rough lately, it might be because of the microbiome. The microbiome is basically the bacteria that lives on or inside of you, and they do all kinds of awesome things for your body. They help protect against infections and regulate immune responses to foreign invaders like toxins in our food system. We all know by now that having healthy gut flora can actually protect against disease but its not limited to just what's on the inside.
So if you want to keep your skin looking its best (or just prevent it from getting sick), then it's important to make sure that there are good bacteria living on it—just like any other part of the body, it needs nutrients in order to look its best. And this means taking care with what you put on your skin as well as what goes into your mouth (because yes: oral health also affects how healthy our gut is).
Believe it or not, our skin was meant to be dirty. We were not meant to put harsh soaps that strip our natural oils from our skin. And then lather more toxic moisturizers to resolve the issue of dried up skin, ezcema, rosasea and other skin issues.
I think the future of skincare is going to be all about the skin microbiome.
To keep your skin healthy, you need to make sure it has a balanced microbiome and that means using products made with natural ingredients that promote the health of your skin and its microbiome without disrupting it.
Preservatives & harsh chemicals in most topical products, including the soap you use to clean your skin, can destroy its microbiome, as well as strip the oils that naturally keep it in balance.
In fact, clinical research has shown that blemish-prone skin has a less-diverse skin microbiome, over-populated with pathogens and damaging stressors—compared to those with healthy skin.
For years the beauty industry has sold us both the problem and the solution.
This is where my whole concept of "Less Is More with TGS" stemmed from. I have always used high quality, organic, plant botanicals and oils on my skin, while many of my peers where using over a dozen skincare steps and products filled with empty promises, loaded with toxins-- they kept asking me what I was using and then thats when it hit me, less is more and the quality of the products matter.
So if you feel like you are trapped in a vicious cycle of using one product to heal one issue, only to only end up with another, I have the solution. Reset, Simplify, & Correct your skincare regimen and start healing your skin and it’s microbiome with our Cleansing Ritual Kit—two products that replace harsh soaps, conventional cleansers, makeup removers, makeup wipes, active acne treatments, and skin-disrupting moisturizers.
A healthy skin microbiome protects against external and environmental factors, keeps inflammation in check, promotes wound healing, and acts as a barrier to allergens, toxins & infections. I am excited for you to begin to truly heal. Helping others feel more confident in their skin through nature's finest remedies is what lights my soul on fire.