The Probiotic For the Skin
The Microbime System of the Skin.
The term skin flora (also commonly referred to as skin microbiome) refers to the microorganisms which reside on the skin; typically, human skin.
Many of them are bacteria of which there are around 1000 species upon human skin ,most are found in the superficial layers of the epidermis and the upper parts of the hair follicles.
Skin flora is usually non-pathogenic, and either commensal (are not harmful to their host) or mutualistic (offer a benefit). The benefits bacteria can offer include preventing transient pathogenic organisms from colonizing the skin surface, either by competing for nutrients, secreting chemicals against them, or stimulating the skin’s immune system.
It’s well documented that bacteria play an important role skin’s overall health. Research has shown that good bacteria in and on our body could have a positive impact on skin disorders such as acne rosacea, reactive skins, eczema as well as aging. Microbes have an important role to play when it comes to inflammatory skin diseases. Healthy bacteria not only keep harmful bacteria in check, but also help the skin’s immune system function optimally.
There are many things we do every day that upset the microbial balance in the skin
• over treating the skin
• over cleansing
• daily application of antibacterial substances has led to the adaptive immune system failing Continue reading
Power of Phosphatidylcholine
- A phospholipid called phosphatidylcholine (PC). Given its role in cellular functioning, it’s no exaggeration to say that without the presence of phosphatidylcholine, life as we know it could not exist. In fact, research shows that ingesting high concentrations of quality PC provides enormous health benefits in terms liver, cardiovascular, kidney, lung, gastrointestinal (GI), neurologic, and skin function.
Phosphatidylcholine (INCI Lecithin) is usually the most abundant phospholipid in animals and plants, often amounting to almost 50% of the total, and as such it is obviously a key building block of membrane bilayers
Mother Nature as model
- Phosphatidylcholine shows many effects on and in the skin. Further it is able to transport cosmetic and dermatological actives into the skin and to distribute them well in the horny layer.
- Effects on and in the skin
- Smoothing of the skin
- Increase of skin humidity
- Skin protection
- Prevention of cornification and barrier disorders
- Conditioning of skin and hair
- Support of skin regeneration and Anti Ageing
OM Reduces Essential Fatty Acid Deficiencies. Fatty acids (lipids) make up all cell membranes, including skin cells. Healthy skin cells work in synergy to build a strong skin barrier. OM aids in the prevention and correction of skin barrier and cornification disorders and also lowers the rate of trans epidermal water loss (TEWL), keeping your skin healthy and beautifully soft.
OM Anti-Oxidant Protection OM is free of water (so no bacteria can live in it) and is made up of a composition of vegetable oils, barrier substances (including Shea Butter), Evening Primrose Oil and Urea. Fatty acids from vegetable oil are responsible for the silky soft texture of Oleogel N, as well as excellent oxidative stability and anti-oxidant protection.
It Creates Healthy Skin The skin’s ageing process is characterised by the skin’s irregular desquamation and loss of corneocyte compaction, which leads to rough skin. Urea provides humectant properties in OM (natural humectants deplete with age), allowing it to heal dry and flakiness, keeping your skin soft and supple. Not only does urea provide moisture, it is also a natural exfoliant. Combined with lactic acid in the skin, urea works to remove hyperkeratinisation improving cellular turnover and in turn improving the corneocyte compaction of the skin.
OM Has Incredible Healing Properties OM contains Evening Primrose Oil, which has one of the highest concentrations of Gamma-Linoleic Acid (GLA). This is largely responsible for the healing properties of Oleogel N. GLA’s have been proven to reduce the symptoms of eczema by relieving inflammation, itching and flaking. In addition to this, GLA’s help to reduce acne by diluting sebum and therefore reducing the risk of pores becoming clogged. Furthermore, they help to treat rosacea by reducing inflammation and by producing prostaglandins, which stimulate the contraction of blood vessels.
5. It’s a Multi-Tasking Marvel
Not only does OM do everything we just talked about, you can use it on your enitre body. It’s fantastic for nails, hands and feet during at-home manis and pedis. It can be used as an intensive treatment for dry elbows and knees. This beauty can also soothe barrier disorders on the scalp.
Get the correct Skincare for you.
Getting the correct skin care is not that easy, even as a skin educator, I cannot always know what the correct product to use on a skin are ,until I get to know the skin.
The skin is unlike any of our other organs.
- It gets exposed to different environmental changes every day.
- We touch it, clean it ( not always correctly ) pick it and poke at it.
- Most of the time we do not treat our skin the way it would like to be treated.
- It will have a pre dis potions due to our DNA .
This equates to no two skins are the same, so how we look after a skin can not be a one size fits all .
We also have to take in to account our predisposed conditions from our parents. Some of these predisposed conditions may not show themselves till you reach puberty or later in life. As you can see there are many variables as to what your skin may need.
How we purchase our skin care has to change if you want your skin to change.
Purchasing a skin care product over the counter will not change or improve your skin. (Sorry the truth can hurt)
To get the correct skin care we will need a full skin history of your skin , your family history and all your work, play lifestyle habits will be considered.
With this information we will work with you to make sure you are seeing a change in your skin.
We will alter you products depending on the weather, you life style and all the other variables that can affec skin .
Vitamin A can repair skin damage from sun exposure and has been classed as an SPF 20. It is important to care for the skin pre-exposure and post-exposure.
Coenzyme Q10 will help prevent and protect sun damage and will give back what the sun has taken out
Vitamin E is a free radical scavenger and can protect cell membranes from light-induced damage. Topical application of these antioxidants to the skin has been shown to reduce acute and chronic photodamage. Topically applied it has been seen to effectively reduce skin roughness, increase the hydration of the skin and it can also reduce the harmful collagen-destroying enzyme collagenase, which unfortunately increases in aging skin.Vitamin E is also a natural emollient.
CM-Glucan protects skin cells against the depletion of antioxidant molecules upon UV-A irradiation and promotes the growth of keratinocytes. CM-glucan offered substantial protection against skin damage caused UV-A irradiation. In addition, CM-Glucan enhances the renewal rate of the Stratum Corneum.
Green Tea is commonly used as a home remedy for sunburn. The Chinese recommend applying cooled green tea to the skin to soothe sunburn. Green Tea helps prevent and repair skin damage and may even help prevent chemical- and radiation- induced skin cancers
Aloe Vera – the little power house Aloe Vera will reduce inflammation. Ingredients Vitamins A, C, E and B12 will restore the skin after UV exposure
Evening Primrose has a high GLA content that promotes healthy skin and skin repair. It soothes skin problems and inflammation, making it a good choice after sun exposure. Evening primrose skin oil discourages dry skin and premature aging of the skin