When we go to the beach or pool, we expose our skin to a variety of factors that can disrupt our skin microbiome. The skin microbiome is the collection of microorganisms that live on our skin, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. These microorganisms play an important role in protecting our skin from harmful pathogens and maintaining a healthy skin barrier.
One of the main factors that disrupts the skin microbiome at the pool is exposure to chlorine. Chlorine is a common disinfectant used in swimming pools to kill harmful bacteria and viruses. However, it can also kill off beneficial bacteria on our skin, disrupting the balance of our skin microbiome. Additionally, exposure to saltwater at the beach can also disrupt the skin microbiome, as salt can be drying and irritating to the skin.
To get our skin microbiome back to a healthy balance after exposure to chlorine or saltwater, there are a few things we can do. First, it is important to rinse off with fresh water as soon as possible after swimming. This can help to remove any residual chlorine or saltwater from the skin, reducing the drying and irritating effects on the skin.
Next, using a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser can help to restore the skin's natural balance of beneficial bacteria. Look for a cleanser that is free from harsh ingredients like sulfates and parabens, as these can further disrupt the skin microbiome. You can use a multi-use treatment powder to make your own face mask to gently cleanse, decongest pores and exfoliate skin in a healthy and balanced manner without disrupting your skin’s homeostasis. Also, a multi-use treatment oil can be used as a cleansing oil to support, maintain and nourish the skin's microbiome.
In addition to cleansing, using a moisturizer can also help to restore the skin's natural barrier function. Look for a moisturizer that contains ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and natural oils, which can help to hydrate and soothe the skin. By boosting the growth of the “good” bacteria, multi-use treatment oil will contribute to rebalancing your skin microbiome.
Finally, incorporating probiotics into your skin care routine can also help to restore the balance of your skin microbiome. Probiotics are live microorganisms that can help to replenish beneficial bacteria on the skin and restore the skin's natural barrier function.
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