It might not sound very pretty, but your skin is covered in a layer of bacteria. You need to take steps to protect it if you want your skin to look youthful and fresh…

Even though you can’t see it, your skin has a layer of healthy bacteria. This serves as a protective barrier, helping to keep toxins out of your pores, prevent infections, and keep your skin in good shape. It’s called your skin microbiome and you need to take steps to protect it. Here are five ways to do just that:

Don’t Towel Dry Your Face

After cleansing or using a scrub, avoid rubbing a towel on your face to soak up excess water. Even a soft towel can be abrasive enough to rub away the bacteria your skin needs to stay strong and resilient! Get into the habit of patting your face dry instead

Treat Yourself to a Morning Massage

The skin renewal process takes place while you sleep and new bacteria form on the skin’s surface during this renewal period. When you wake up in the morning, the last thing you want to do is wipe away that layer of bacteria! Gently massage with your fingers your skin while cleansing your face (skip the scrubs or skin  brush in the AM) to preserve your delicate microbiome first thing in the morning.

Stay Hydrated!

You’ve probably heard by now how important it is to drink lots of water throughout the day but might not know how hydration affects your skin microbiome. Your body needs water to flush toxins naturally and a lot of this detoxing happens through your skin’s pores. If you’re not getting enough water, these processes slow down and can affect the quality of your skin. Drinking more water will keep your microbiome and your skin healthy.

Get Outdoors

Spending time in nature or even just in the garden — anywhere where you have live plants, flowers, and vegetation — can help improve the health of your skin. Lush green areas are full of microbes that we need to keep our systems in check. You inhale these and some of them land on your skin, making for the perfect breeding grounds of healthy bacteria. 

Use Prebiotics and Probiotics

You can take supplements to keep your gut health in check and also use products that contain healthy strains of bacteria to keep your skin health in check. Look for skin care products that list prebiotics and probiotics as key ingredients to keep your skin microbiome in balance.

Protecting your skin microbiome is your first line of defense against skin damage and even many of the signs of aging. Keep your skin healthy and glowing by making a few small changes to your beauty routine.

What steps are you taking to keep your skin balanced? Share your comments below!

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