Its one of those things that most of us really don’t like to think about even though by now we have probably heard it said time and time before.
Yes, it is well known in modern society (and indeed one of the first things we learn in biology) that the human body is coated in a relatively thick layer of bacteria from head to toe and every space in between. In fact some have even suggested that we are made up more of bacteria than our own cells.
It may be to you a disturbing thought and of course when most people think of bacteria they conjure up the image of a unsavoury creature out to cause harm and disease to any victim it can find, but the realtiy is that we owe this thick bacterial layer credit for the health and appearance of our skin at its best.
The mass of (good) bacteria coating our body not only protects us from the harmful pathogens lurking around every corner by preventing them from colonising the our bodies surface but also may play a key role in maintaining the moisture levels and all round health of our skin.
The continious discussion on whether bacteria in our natural flora impacts the look and health of our skin has recently led me to question the current principals behind the way in which the cosmetic industry formulates skincare and whether our approach may indeed be aimed wrongly at treating the skin and not our flora. Perhaps a more productive way to take care of the skin is instead to formulate skincare products that support and protect the bodys natural flora and aiming it at encouraging the right* bacteria to grow on its surface instead of the more problematic species that are related to chronic skin conditions such as acne and scoriasis.
Obviously these are just my personal thoughts on the possibile future of skincare but giving the ever improving eveidence behind the importance of the human body’s natural flora I definitely think there may be something to the idea of flora sensitive skincare ranges that aim to improve the quality of the skin through catering to the needs of the unicellular microorganisms that colonise the body and face.
What do you think? would be you interested in a new skincare line catering just for the needs of your skins bacteria?
And does the mounting evidence of the importance of your skins natural flora for your skins health encourage you to take it into consideration when choosing your beauty products and the way in which you cleanse your skin?