Perhaps you didn’t know (or didn’t want to know) that your skin is full of bacteria. One trillion of them, to be more or less specific. The good news is, most of them are beneficial – protecting against environmental damage, fighting infections, and basically keeping your skin healthy and radiant. Without them, you actually wouldn’t even be around.
Your skin’s own ecosystem
The complex flora of microorganisms living on your skin – not just bacteria, but also fungi, microbes and more – is known as your microbiome. As with any ecosystem, keeping it balanced is essential to your health. An off-kilter microbiome can lead to skin issues such as inflammations, acne, sensitivity and general discomfort.

Microbiome skincare is all about maintaining that balance. Here, probiotics, prebiotics and postbiotics are used to supply the good microorganisms with what they need, while keeping the bad ones in check.
Microbiome 101
Did we lose you at probiotics? Here’s what you need to know.

Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms – the “good guys” found naturally on our skin. They can also be added to skincare products to improve the overall microbiome balance, usually via ferments and lysates.

Prebiotics are basically food – the nourishment that probiotics need to be able to do their job, often various sugars and fibres.

Postbiotics are the leftovers of probiotics that have broken down on the skin. While this may sound worrying, it’s not – postbiotics consist of beneficial substances such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins and peptides.

All three “biotics” are essential to your microbiome, so including any of them in your skincare is a good idea.

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