This October we are celebrating all of the creepy crawly things on our skin! Ok, before you get grossed out let me explain.

We are talking about our skin’s microbiome and how to strengthen it for healthier skin.

What Is The Skin Microbiome? 

Did you know your skin is home to a thriving and friendly group of about a trillion microorganisms? The microbiome is the skin’s unique ecosystem of bacteria and fungi existing on and in the layers of your skin. Like a protective layer, the microbiome works to support the skin barrier and is the first physical point of contact with your immune system.

A healthy microbiome:

  • Helps to fight infections
  • Supports your immune system
  • Heals wounds 
  • Controls inflammation

An imbalance in the microbiome can lead to a compromised skin barrier which can result in:

  • Itchiness
  • Irritation
  • Red skin
  • Dull skin
  • Skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema and atopic dermatitis 
  • A slower healing response
  • Dry skin that can’t retain moisture
  • Accelerated signs of aging, resulting in wrinkles or an uneven skin tone

How can we support a healthy skin microbiome? Kombucha!

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented drink full of “good bacteria” that are crucial to balancing the “bad bacteria” in the body. The balance of good bacteria to bad can have an impact on the health of your skin.

Typically, when discussing the benefits of probiotics, we are referring to the gut flora which consists of hundreds of microorganisms that ensure your metabolic activities remain healthy and effective. However, probiotics can also be used to help heal skin conditions.

Kombucha In Skin Care

If good organisms are outnumbered by harmful bacteria, the skin microbiome falls out of balance. This can disrupt skin barrier function, leaving your skin vulnerable to dehydration or irritation. 

Topical probiotics can help balance the bacteria associated with conditions such as acne and eczema. Acne has been shown to be one of the most promising conditions to treat with topical probiotics because bacterial imbalance and inflammation contribute to certain types of acne. Applying probiotics for acneic areas can help soothe any flare-ups as well as normalize the skin’s natural bacterial and moisture balance, helping it to “reset.” 

Depending on your skin type and concerns, you may not need probiotics for every step of your skin care routine and may prefer to incorporate it only into a few areas. For example, if you have a dry skin type and are dealing with some eczema or the odd blemish, using a probiotic face mask once a week is an excellent option. If you are an oily skin type trying to manage more frequent blemishes, incorporating probiotics in your daily cleansing and moisturizing — as well as a weekly face mask — helps to balance the bad bacteria that may be contributing to breakouts.

In terms of product recommendations, our Kombucha Microbiome Collection is formulated with pre, pro* and postbiotics to maintain your skin’s natural microbiome. This collection is also formulated with kombucha, white tea, ginger and jasmine which comforts the skin and helps you achieve a luminous, healthy-looking glow. 

Spooky Season is a Great time to try out these good creepy crawlys. Because at SUGARED right now you get a FREE travel-size Kombucha Microbiome Leave- On Masque when you buy 2 Kombucha Products!!!

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