The gut microbiome helps you break down food, turn nutrients into things your body can actually use for energy, and support the proper function of the immune system.
Like the gut microbiome, the skin microbiome is also home to a diverse community of microorganisms.
It acts as the immune system’s first line of defense, and serves as a physical barrier to prevent the invasion of pathogens.
Here's the cool part: the gut and skin microbiomes "talk" to each other regularly. You know this is true if you have celiac, psoriasis, or eczema that gets triggered by the things you eat or other lifestyle changes.
This line of communication is called the gut-skin axis, and new research tells us that the two are intrinsically interconnected via this bidirectional pathway.
Studies show that where there is gut inflammation, there will be skin inflammation. When it comes to bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yeast, more is better, according to your microbiome. Some strains of bacteria produce ceramides and peptides, the same kind that can be found in your skincare products. Others feed off sebum, balancing oil production.
Your microbiome is full of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial bacteria that are actively responsible for making your skin look good.
Inflammation is just the messenger, telling you that something somewhere is off-balance. When the gut microbiome is out of sync with the rest of the body – the cause of which is potentially too few microbial strains or an overabundance of unfriendly strains – it often makes itself known in the form of common skin rashes, irritations, and/or breakouts.
The gut-skin axis plays a significant role in fighting off infection, easing inflammation, and protecting us from outside harm. It helps keep your body — and your skin — healthy, balanced, and yes, glowy.
How do you keep your gut and skin microbiome happy? By continually feeding them with prebiotic and post-biotic ingredients, whether from food or skincare — ideally both.
Go outside, kiss your partner, and hug your friends. It all contributes to a diverse microbiome, which is the sign of a healthy microbiome, which, thanks to the gut-skin axis, is also the sign of healthy skin.
Everything is connected and designed for a higher purpose — just like you.