3 SMARTEN YOUR SKINCARE HABITS
‘Lay o the harsh soaps, aggressive scrubs and loofahs – anything that leaves skin with a squeaky-clean feeling,’ says Bowe. They compromise skin’s barrier and negatively impact the microbiome, leading to conditions such as rosacea and acne. Use a gentle cleanser, and limit exfoliation to once or twice a week.
Scientists agree that intense heat (from, say, a steamy shower or hot yoga) may destroy healthy microbes. Heat can also dry out skin, which creates a breeding ground for certain bad bacteria, says Bowe. Always use a moisturiser after cleansing, and skip heating masks and devices if you’re prone to dryness.
Apply a Topical Prebiotic and/ or Probiotic
Both are great for skin but serve dierent functions. Prebiotics support the health of the microbiome by providing it with ‘food’. Probiotics help balance skin’s surface pH (which keeps bad bacteria in check) and can increase natural production of ceramides (lipids that prevent moisture loss).