Does Biodiversity hold the key to optimum skin health?
As beauty therapists and salon owners, you know that the needs of human skin are complex, individual and continuously evolving. At Vital Plus we are incessantly following new research and ideas that are emerging worldwide, on the skin microbiome, and how this intricate organism of bacteria, fungi and viruses can impact the health and look of the largest human organ – the skin.
There is much talk about prebiotics, probiotics and even postbiotics – terms that have been linked to the gut microbiome for many years are now coming up in the realm of the skin microbiome. The research is ongoing – should we be applying pre and probiotics to the skin to enhance the bacterial population that already resides there? Or could that actually cause dysbiosis or an imbalance to the natural state of our skin? Here we step into uncharted territory and the jury is still out with much more scientific research, particularly clinical trials, needing to be done.
A diffirent approach in Biodiversity
Biodiversity, on the other hand, takes a different approach to nurture the skin microbiome and one skincare brand is leading the way, with some fascinating insights based on clinical trials with the Medical University of Graz in Austria. JooMo’s research has proved that “ The more diverse a microbiome becomes, the stronger the skin barrier and the greater the overall skin health. (Kit Wallen-Russell, Co-Founder JooMo)
Not a probiotic
Biodiversity simply means a number of different species living in the same habitat. Wallen-Russell uses the example of wolves in Yellowstone Park to illustrate how a change in the natural biodiversity of a habitat will lead to imbalance and severe implications. To learn more read his article here: http://www.global-engage.com/life-science/effects-every-day-cosmetics-skin-microbiome/
The skin’s microbiome is incredibly diverse, hosting more species than any other part of the human body. JooMo’s research shows that regular cosmetics are reducing these microbial species, that negatively affects the skin and contributes to the rise in skin allergies. Introducing a single species to the skin, a strategy used by some skincare brands to capitalize on the growing interest in this area, lacks substantial evidence for its impact on skin health, despite claims from pre/probiotic skincare advocates. Instead, the prevailing evidence strongly indicates that maintaining a rich biodiversity is the primary factor for achieving optimal skin health.
What you need to know as beauty experts
How do you approach questions from your clients regarding what is good or bad as far as good skin microbiome? I would say honesty is key. The research is still ongoing and new developments are coming out every day. The answers are not yet backed up with enough data to form a definite opinion. However, the research points out that the more diverse the skin microbiome is, hence the biodiversity within the skin microbiome, the healthier and more radiant the skin is.
Q: What is the relationship between biodiversity and skin health?
A: Biodiversity refers to the variety of living organisms present in a particular ecosystem. Recent research suggests that biodiversity plays a crucial role in maintaining and improving skin health. Exposure to diverse microbial communities found in natural environments, such as forests and oceans, can positively influence the skin’s microbiome. A balanced and diverse skin microbiome is associated with healthier and more resilient skin.
Q: How does biodiversity impact the skin’s microbiome?
A: The skin’s microbiome consists of a diverse array of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, living on its surface. When we come into contact with a variety of environments, our skin is exposed to different microbes. This exposure helps cultivate a diverse microbiome, which is essential for protecting the skin, regulating its immune responses, and preventing the colonization of harmful bacteria that could lead to various skin conditions.
Q: Can biodiversity help with common skin issues like acne and eczema?
A: Yes, biodiversity can play a role in managing common skin issues like acne and eczema. Research suggests that individuals living in more biodiverse regions tend to have fewer skin problems. The diverse microbial communities encountered in nature can help balance the skin’s microbiome, reducing inflammation and irritation associated with skin conditions. However, it is important to note that biodiversity is just one factor, and individual skincare routines and genetics also play significant roles in skin health.
Q: How can one incorporate biodiversity into their skincare routine?
A: Incorporating biodiversity into your skincare routine involves spending more time outdoors in natural environments. Activities such as hiking, gardening, or simply taking a walk in a park can expose your skin to a wide range of beneficial microorganisms. Additionally, using skincare products that include natural, plant-based ingredients can support a diverse skin microbiome. However, it’s essential to balance outdoor exposure with proper sun protection and gentle skincare practices.
Q: Are there any scientific studies supporting the link between biodiversity and skin health?
A: Yes, several scientific studies have explored the connection between biodiversity and skin health. These studies often compare individuals living in urban environments with those in rural or natural areas. Researchers have found that individuals with more exposure to biodiverse environments tend to have more diverse and healthier skin microbiomes. Furthermore, there is growing evidence that biodiversity can help alleviate skin conditions, reduce inflammation, and promote overall skin health.
Remember that while biodiversity can have a positive impact on skin health, it should be considered as part of a holistic approach to skincare, along with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and proper skincare practices tailored to individual needs. Consulting with a dermatologist can provide personalized advice on maintaining healthy skin.
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