WHAT IS THE SKIN MICROBIOME?
Simply put, it is an ecosystem of bacteria cells on the skin’s surface that plays a pivotal role in skin health and appearance.
While making up half of one’s total body cells, together, the bacteria cells within the skin microbiome only comprises about 200g of your total body weight. The composition of the skin microbiome is, however, not as simple as it seems. Combining various types of bacteria cells which vary from one person to another depending on factors like age, lifestyle, climate, etc., makes the skin microbiome a characterized ecosystem, like DNA.
The most recent skincare research has found that the stratum corneum, i.e. the hard, upper layer of skin which acts as protection to the microbiome, is not the only force at play. The stratum corneum – or moisture barrier as it is often referred to – is also bolstered by a complex layer of good and bad bacteria cells that floats on skin’s surface, all making up a healthy environment for your skin microbiome and ultimately increasing skin health.