Importance Of Skin Microbiome For Your Health And Wellbeing
Did you know trillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, archaea and small arthropods live on the surface of our skin? It is estimated that 1 billion bacteria inhabit a typical square centimetre of skin and there are over 1,000 different types of flora or microbe species that can reside in sebaceous, moist and dry skin environments.
Collectively they are called the skin microbiome, some are transient and others are permanent residents, most are healthful and some are harmful. However, with proper hygiene, and if the normal resident flora, immune responses, and skin barrier function are all intact, then the microbiome does not pose a threat to our health. In fact, with each study and trial conducted, we are beginning to discover how crucial the skin microbiome is to our health and overall well-being.
An Imbalance of the Skin Microbiome causes various skin conditions
An imbalance (dysbiosis) of the skin microbiome causes skin conditions like:
- Chronic acne.
So, we must embrace that microbiology and dermatology are intrinsically linked. Also, skin health and how our skin ages are directly connected to our skins inhabitant’s diversity and wellbeing.
Clinical Studies on Skin Microbiome
Several studies have already shown that the greater the diversity of the microbiome found on the skin's surface, the lesser the age-related changes are seen in the skin.
An exciting clinical trial highlighted that healthy levels of certain skin bacteria actually prevents the skin from becoming dry and tired by maintaining skin moisture, pH, and lipid levels1.
Age-related changes in our skin structure are caused by a huge number of factors including:
- Genetic expression (collagen and elastin)
- Cellular metabolism
- Immune activity
- Hormonal changes
- Environmental and lifestyle factors: diet, exposure to the damaging factors like UV light, pollutants and other toxins
Age-related changes to the skin are characterized by a decrease in sweat, sebum and immune functions that all result in alterations in its surface physiology including pH, lipid composition, and sebum secretions. And it’s these physiological changes that can affect the skin microbiome by altering its environment and their preferred foods.
How can you improve Skin Microbiome?
Knowing that our skins microbiome requires the correct pH, lipid composition, and sebum to be secreted in order to thrive, what can we do to help?
A three-pronged attack would be best.
- Nourish the skin cells to strengthen its structures and enhance its function
- Protect the skin cells against damage by funding immune responses
- Fund genetic expression of collagen and elastin
Feed Your Skin Astaxanthin – Protect Your Microbiome
Astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant yet discovered by science, offering huge anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing properties against oxidative damage. This naturally occurring red carotenoid has a unique molecular structure that penetrates through every skin layer providing protection from UV rays, pollution, stress and poor nutrition. It resides the cells and spans the entire lipid bilayer of the cellular membrane to strengthen and protect the contents of the cells, thus securing the cells genetic expression and DNA replication.
Natural Astaxanthin has been scientifically proven in over 500 studies to strengthen cellular membranes in all the different layers of the skin and supports:
- Protection against UVA and B cellular damage
- Reverse damages to the skin cells
- Reduce melanogenesis and increased pigmentation
- Restore collagen levels and skin elasticity
- Improving Skin Elasticity and moisture content of skin cells
- Reduce the size of fine lines and wrinkles
- Revitalize photo-aged (sun affected) skin
ASTAS True Radiance Program Protects And Nourishes Skin
ASTAS™ True Radiance is a 30-day Skin Supplements Program combining three scientific formulas using the power of natural Astaxanthin, designed to nourish and protect your skin from the inside and out. Each 30-day program pack contains 1 x Serum, 1 x Moisturiser, and 1 x 30 Capsules.
True Radiance Moisturiser Luxuriously smooth moisture for day and night. Formulated with the power of Natural Astaxanthin and designed to nourish and protect. Leaves your skin feeling firmer, more plumped and truly radiant.
True Radiance Capsule Advanced nutrition with Natural Astaxanthin, vitamins and extracts – giving you healthy, beautiful, radiant skin from the inside. Working at a cellular level, the scientifically formulated capsules support cell repair in all layers of the skin.
Designed with scientific evidence, this program is trusted by scientists and health professionals.
"Six weeks ago, I started using ASTAS True Radiance. I like that I'm repairing my skin from the inside too with the capsule. My skin feels plumped up, I’ve got reduced crow’s feet and more even skin tone. I find I'm wearing much less makeup and even my fingernails are stronger. Friends have noticed the difference. I've never been one to push a product but I've noticed such a difference in such a short time I can't help but tell people about it. I've seen far better results than with some expensive international products that I'd used for a while waiting for results."
Kerry Jocelyn Ford