Our Skin Is An Ecosystem
When most of us think of the word “ecosystem,” we think of the natural world - rainforests and how water, animals, and vegetation all link together in this circle.
While this is true, our bodies are just as much of an ecosystem as those are. An ecosystem is a community of living things. The living things in an ecosystem interact with each other and with the non-living things around them.
Just like the rainforest has a mix of living things, like plants and animals - the human body has trillions of tiny microbes (including bacteria, viruses, and fungi) living in and on it.
All the microbes in and on the human body form communities and are part of the ecosystem (aka the human microbiome).
Our skin is also home to a vast array of microbes. Similar to the soil, our skin needs proper care, along with the right pH to thrive.
A healthy skin microbiome can impact the way our skin looks and feels, and the skin microbiome can change depending on the state we put it in.
We recommend striving to maintain the skin’s natural oils and microbial balance, with a gentle cleanser, and washing your face no more than twice a day to avoid over-cleansing the skin (especially avoiding anti-bacterial soaps, as well as harsh preservatives + chemicals that can destroy the good bacteria on your skin, in addition to the bad).
Healthy skin is about creating a healthy environment for these microorganisms.
We need to do our best to nourish ecosystems in nature, and that includes our own.