The Skin Microbiome
The skin’s microbiome is a frequent topic in the skin care world. But there is still a massive amount of uncertainty and questions about it both by aestheticians and consumers.
The skin’s microbiome is a collection of bacteria, fungi and viruses that can be found in different layers and on top of the skin. Scientists estimate approximately one thousand species of bacteria amongst these organisms with a total number of approximately one trillion bacteria. Different species of bacteria resides on the oilier part of our skin – our face, shoulders, neck and décolleté – versus the drier areas, such as our arms and legs.
The oilier skin areas also attract higher number of bacteria; therefore, these are more prone to acne. The composition of bacteria also changes by age, genetics, pregnancy and diet.
Good Bacteria a.k.a. Probiotics
Although the word "bacteria" is usually associated with illnesses, not all species are harmful, tissue invading and damaging kinds. In fact, medicine puts emphasis on maintaining the "good bacteria" level in our guts, so we can have better chance for not getting sick. One of the key goals to help good bacteria thrive is maintaining a healthy pH level – both in our guts and on our skin.
Within the skin microbiome, there is a variety and a large number of harmless microorganisms (a.k.a. good bacteria) that reside in deeper layers, as well as on top of our skin. Their task is to protect our skin from bad bacteria and toxic pollution.
Being on location, they act faster than our immune system can, balancing out the harmful acts of bad bacteria. If the healthy environment is compromised for these beneficial microorganisms the immune system starts to fight the bad bacteria and other pollutants, which typically results in inflammation and redness, flaring up skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema or psoriasis. Inflammation can also cause wrinkles and premature aging, so avoiding it – with the help of probiotics – is desirable for all of us.
The most studied form of probiotics is lactobacillus derived from lactic acid. Many strains of it have anti-inflammatory properties, and have shown to improve the strength of the skin by their nourishing abilities. Therefore, if we have a healthy balance of probiotics (meaning a healthy skin microbiome), there will be less damage, inflammation and dryness, and the overall appearance will be healthier and more radiant.
Have you heard of anti-recommendation of the regular use of hand sanitizers or antibacterial soaps? Or supplementing the body (our guts) with probiotics once we have to take antibiotics?
As these agents kill all bacteria, good or bad, one important step people can take for a healthy skin microbiome is stop using anti-bacterial skin care products, such as cleansers, and add at least one product to their skin care regimen that supplies probiotics topically.
Probiotics in ilike organic skin care
Probiotics treat a wide range of skin conditions topically as they increase the natural healing and renewing ability of the skin by balancing its microbiome. Combining probiotics with organic antioxidant-rich botanicals, such as Elderflower and Blackberry, our Probiotic Serum, Moisturizer and Day & Night Treatment mask provide a multitasking solution to treat the skin from internal and external damaging effects, and slow the aging process.
Ingredients in The Group
Lactococcus Ferment Lysate
- Balances the harmful acts of bad bacteria
- Protects skin from environmental damage and toxins
- Helps maintaining a helthy skin microbiome
- Reduces inflammation
- Strengthens skin
- Reduces the size of pores with its slight astringent effect
- Rich in vitamins (A, B, C and E), bioflavonoids and quercetin
- Anti-aging effect by providing antioxidants
- Provides essential fatty acids
- Rich in anti-microbial and anti-fungal compounds for clear and balanced skin
- Rich in pectins and tannins
- Antioxidant booster – fights cell damaging free radicals
- Polyphenol rich – helps rejuvenate the skin and fight deseases
- Vitamin supplement – especially in Vitamin C and K
- Refreshes skin
- Calms and soothes
Red Grape Skin
- Antioxidant supplement (carotenoids, polyphenols, resveratrol...)
- Fights damaging free radical activity
- Antiinflammatory effects lower oxidative stress symptoms
- Supplying Vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D
- Restores moisture from the inside out by binding water molecules to skin cells
- Plumps the skin from the inside out
- Minimizes moisture evaporation on the skin surface
- Smoothes lines
- Softens skin
- Increses skin resilience
- Works for a more youthful look
- Removes dead skin cells for a smoother and younger looking skin
- Brightens uneven skin complexion (hyperpigmentation, PIH, age spots, hormonal pigmentation...)
- Softens skin
- Deep hydration
- Antioxidant supplement – especially Vitamin E
- Supplies essential fatty acids, such as Omega-3 and
- Softens skin
- Deeply hydrates, nourishes the skin
- Increases elasticity
- Slows premature aging
- Supples essential fatty acids: palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic and arachidic acids
- Antiinflammatory and anti-microbial effects
- Supplies vitamins and antioxidants, especially Vitamins A, E and F
- Cures skin rashes
- Provides natural UV protection with its Cinnamic Acid content (SPF 6-10 level)
30 ml / 1 fl oz
Probiotics increase the natural healing abilities of the skin, Hyaluronic Acid replenishes moisture, Lactic Acid brightens, while antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory botanicals slow the aging process of al skin types including acneic conditions.
Clinically proven results: Probiotic Serum for all skin including acneic improved acne conditions in 82%, and mattified and smoothed skin in 92% of users improving its overall condition, while decreasing fine lines by 29% in 4 weeks. (Report Nr 498708/17/JSHH)
Active Ingredients: Elderflower, Blackberry, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate (probiotic), Seaweed, Sunflower Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Red Grape Skin, Algae, Lactic Acid -- OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins), Polyphenols, Kaempherol, Quercetin, Anthocyanins, Bioflavonoids, Resveratrol, Vitamins A, B, C, E, H and K, Carotene (Provitamin A), Essential Fatty Acids, Biosugars, Fruit Acids, Pectins, Tannins, Iron, Mineral Salts, Trace Elements.
50 ml / 1.7 fl oz — 200 ml / 6.8 fl oz
Hydrating and smoothing formula for normal to dry skin that combines healing and cell renewing probiotics and hyaluronic acid with anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, free radical fighting botanicals, and complexion brightening Lactic Acid for a healthy skin microbiome.
Clinically proven results: Probiotic Moisturizer for normal to dry skin softened skin in 100%, and increased the overall condition in 92% of users, while decreasing fine lines by 26% in 4 weeks. (Report Nr 498709/17/JSHH)
Active Ingredients: Elderflower, Blackberry, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate (probiotic), Seaweed, Evening Primrose Oil, Sunflower Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Red Grape Skin, Lactic Acid -- OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins), Polyphenols, Kaempherol, Quercetin, Anthocyanins, Bioflavonoids, Resveratrol, Vitamins A, B, C, E, H and K, Carotene (Provitamin A), Essential Fatty Acids, Biosugars, Fruit Acids, Pectins, Tannins, Iron, Mineral Salts, Trace Elements.
50 ml / 1.7 fl oz — 200 ml / 6.8 fl oz
This unique cream mask can be used on face, neck and decollete, and can even be left on overnight to work for a healthy skin microbiome. Probiotics heal and renew the skin, herbal oils deeply hydrate, Lactic Acid brightens the complexion, while powerfull antioxidants slow the aging process.
Clinically proven results: Probiotic Day & Night Treatment mask for face, neck and decollete increased the turgor of the skin, provided deep hydration and radiance to the skin in 100% of users, while providing an average 12% increased turgor in 4 weeks. (Report Nr 498710/17/JSHH)
Active Ingredients: Castor Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Elderflower, Blackberry, Shea Butter, Bentonite, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate (probiotic), Seaweed, Red Grape Skin, Sunflower Oil, Lactic Acid -- OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins), Polyphenols, Kaempherol, Quercetin, Anthocyanins, Bioflavonoids, Resveratrol, Vitamins A, B, C, E, H and K, Carotene (Provitamin A), Essential Fatty Acids, Biosugars, Fruit Acids, Pectins, Tannins, Iron, Mineral Salts, Trace Elements.