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Beneath the surface : The Microbiome

You diligently water your plants every day, yet you notice they show no signs of growth. Would you persist in watering them as usual, or would you investigate the root cause? Simply continuing to water without delving into the underlying issue is unlikely to resolve the problem. This scenario parallels the importance of understanding the skin microbiome before attempting to address our skin concerns. 

What is the Microbiome?

Our bodies host a diverse array of microorganisms, inhabiting various sites such as the gut, skin, mouth, scalp, and more. Picture a bustling community of microorganisms thriving in specific regions of the body.

Microbiota vs Microbiome

A community of diverse microorganisms coexisting in a particular habitat is termed a microbiota. The microbiome, however, goes beyond mere presence—it encompasses the entirety of microorganisms inhabiting a habitat, each performing its unique interactive functions.

Every microorganism within this ecosystem serves a specific role. Recent scientific breakthroughs have unveiled the profound influence these microbes exert on our bodily functions.

The role of microbiome in our life

The microbiome isn't confined to our skin or gut; it permeates every aspect of our lives. It inhabits diverse environments—from the depths of the ocean to our everyday food and even within our medicines.

In terms of climate change, the environmental microbiome wields substantial influence. Microbes store carbon, crucial for mitigating greenhouse gas levels, and are responsible for producing roughly half of the oxygen we breathe. Moreover, soil microbiomes and plant microbiome aid in the decomposition of organic matter, contributing to nutrient cycling and soil health. Remarkably, they're instrumental in the production of antibiotics, a cornerstone of modern medicine.

In the food industry, the microbiome plays an indispensable role. Fermented foods like yoghurt and kimchi rely on these microorganisms for their unique flavours and textures. Microbes drive the fermentation process, enhancing food preservation and nutritional value while imparting distinctive tastes sought after by consumers worldwide.

How does the microbiome work?

The microbiome operates as a complex ecosystem within our bodies, with each site hosting its own unique community of microorganisms. These microbiomes can dynamically change in response to a multitude of factors, including diet, environmental exposures, medications, and personal hygiene practices.

Within this intricate web of microorganisms, different species play distinct roles. Some microbes serve as protectors, bolstering our immune defences and aiding in nutrient absorption. Others act as buffers, maintaining a balanced environment and preventing the overgrowth of harmful bacteria. However, certain microbes may pose risks to our health, particularly if their populations become imbalanced or if pathogenic strains dominate.

Variations in the microbiome composition can have profound effects on our health. Disruptions to the microbiome, whether due to environmental exposures, poor dietary choices, harsh skincare products, or other factors, can lead to a cascade of consequences, including skin issues, digestive problems, and susceptibility to infections.

Genetics and age also play significant roles in shaping the microbiome. Genetic factors influence the initial colonisation of microbes during birth and early life, while ageing can alter the composition and diversity of the microbiome over time.

Overall, understanding the delicate balance of the microbiome and the factors that influence it is crucial for maintaining optimal health and well-being. By nurturing a healthy microbiome through mindful lifestyle choices and targeted interventions, we can support our body's natural defences and promote overall health.

How important is the microbiome?

The microbiome is our body’s first line of defence. Think of them as little soldiers, trying to keep your body’s health intact. These microorganisms form the microbiome, fight off pathogens and maintain our health. 

The microbiome is a community of soldiers trying to protect us. When the bad bacteria overpowers the good, the microbiome gets compromised. It becomes unfit to fight any pathogens or irritants. 

Our microbiome plays a crucial role in our health, aiding the development of our immune system, assisting in food digestion and energy production

The role of microbiomes in our body: 

The gut microbiome has a major influence in various aspects of health, including digestion, immunity and even mood. By adopting practices that improve gut microbiome health, such as consuming probiotics and prebiotics, you can enhance your digestive wellness. The human microbiome such as oral microbiome, skin microbiome, scalp microbiome are all essential for maintaining our health. 

The skin and its microbiome

Microbiome is the shielder of gut health, intestine health, oral health and other organs. But what is its role on the skin? The largest organ in the body?

Our skin, acting as a formidable barrier, stands as the first line of defence against external threats. The microbiome, akin to a protective shield, forms a crucial layer that shields our skin from harm. When this protective barrier is compromised, a multitude of issues can arise. Environmental stressors, pollutants, microorganisms, and even harsh skincare products, aggressive exfoliants gain easy access for absorption, potentially disrupting the delicate equilibrium of the skin microbiome.

Over time, the cumulative effects of these external irritants can wreak havoc on the skin's microbiome. Harsh products applied to the skin and scalp can obliterate the delicate balance of beneficial bacteria, leaving the skin vulnerable to a host of issues. When the microbiome is disrupted or destroyed, the skin becomes susceptible to a plethora of unwelcome conditions, including acne, skin allergy, inflammation, irritation, and dryness. Conditions such as acne and eczema are particularly notorious for altering the composition of the skin microbiome, further exacerbating skin woes.

In essence, maintaining a healthy and balanced skin microbiome is paramount for preserving the skin's integrity and resilience against external aggressors, ensuring a radiant and healthy complexion.By optimising the gut microbiome, you can further enhance your skincare results. 

Why the Fuss?

Understanding the root cause of a concern is essential. At Green And Beige, we develop formulations that address underlying issues. We delve deep to examine the root cause of skincare concerns, which often means restoring the skin microbiome. 

That's why we've formulated products with prebiotics for the skin and scalp, specifically targeting microbiome health and needs. Across our collections, we offer microbiome repair and enhancement. Here are some ingredients in our formulations that help with microbiome health:

  • BioecoliaⓇ Alpha glucan Oligosaccharide is a prebiotic microbiome enhancer, a hero ingredient in our Hair Mask, Hair Serum-Nourish+ Defrizz, and Fortifying Hair Cleanser
  • Omega plus (3,6,7,&9) from Olive Macadamia Oil is a skin barrier restoring ingredient found in our Face Serum-Radiance and Nourish
  • Red Algae Extract, a skin barrier enhancer is a hero ingredient in both our Gel Face Moisturiser and Vitamin C Serum.
  • Manuka Oil pepper seed extract is a scalp microbiome nourishing ingredient used in our Hair Serum- Sheen + Nourish

These ingredients work to protect and bio-stimulate the skin’s natural defences, providing protection and restoring the health of the skin and the scalp. 

Straight to the point:

When we encounter a problem, we prefer to identify its root cause and address it head-on. A compromised microbiome lies at the heart of numerous skin and hair issues—a reality often overlooked in skincare discussions.

Recognizing this gap, we've taken action to develop products specifically tailored to promote microbiome health. Because let's face it, if we're not prioritising the microbiome, we're missing the mark entirely.

Equip your skincare and haircare routine with prebiotics. Join us on a skincare journey centred around microbiome-friendly formulations with Green And Beige. Say goodbye to compromises and hello to radiant, resilient skin and hair.

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