You’ve heard about the importance of probiotics for the gut’s microbiome, but what about your skin? Believe it or not, your skin has a microbiome too, and LaFlore skincare wants you to learn about it. If it’s your first time hearing that word, ‘microbiome’, don’t worry, it’ll be explained in more depth below. It’s essentially the delicate environment of good bacteria that live on our skin; It’s made up of the kind of microorganisms that you want around because it protects and heals our body and skin.
The skin’s microbiome is so important to our beauty and health because it’s our body’s natural defense against acne, rosacea, and even common colds. Probiotics support and strengthen this microbiome so it can do more of its thing. But to be honest it hasn’t always been something we think about in our skincare routines. That is until we were introduced to LaFlore Skincare. LaFlore has created a luxe line of skincare products designed to target the skin’s microbiome. Since starting their routine, our skin has felt calmer and less-sensitive, and we’ve seen fewer breakouts. It’s all thanks to their resident product development specialist, Maya Ivanjesku who left big beauty brands like Estee Lauder and Clinique to go clean. All of LaFlore’s products are held to pharmaceutical manufacturing standards (not cosmetics which are barely regulated), free of fillers and synthetics, and Earth-friendly.
We talked to Maya to ask her all of your burning questions about the skin’s microbiome. After you read her thoughts, let us know, is your skin’s microbiome out of whack like ours was?
The Moment: What is your role with LaFlore®? How did you start working with them?
Maya: I am the creative visionary and Chief Scientific Officer of Research and Development.
My lifelong study of botanicals began while I was a young girl, my Nana would take me to collect herbs and flowers along the Danube River and she was the one who taught me about their various healing properties. My early passion for herbal remedies has remained with me throughout my 20+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and biotech industries and was the inspiration behind LaFlore®.
The Moment: What is the skin microbiome? What does it do for our body and overall health?
Maya: The skin microbiome is a community of millions of micro-organisms that veil your body – a community which includes bacteria. Adding probiotics to the surface of your skin gives your skin the energy and support it needs to self-correct certain conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea. It also helps with everything from healing wounds to protecting your immune system by blocking your body from harmful microorganisms and foreign substances.
The Moment: What kinds of things throw the microbiome out of whack? Are there any signs that indicate if ours is off balanced?
Maya: Using products that strip your skin of good bacteria and leave it feeling “squeaky clean” can throw your skin’s microbiome off balance. These include products that foam, sulfate-based products, anti-microbial soaps, oil-free cleansers, and any product loaded with preservatives. Our skin is our body’s first line of defense and exposure to harsh pollutants, chemicals, and free radicals put it in a state constant crisis.
When your skin’s microbiome is off balance skin concerns like breakouts, irritation, and itchy or dry skin become common.
The Moment: Can it be healed? What kind of things protect and heal the skin microbiome? (LaFlore® and additional practices)
Maya: Just as probiotics taken internally (food, drinks, supplements, etc.) work to reduce inflammation and boost the immune system, so do probiotics when applied directly to the skin.
Live, active probiotics applied topically provide much-needed reinforcement of the good bacteria in the skin’s microbiome while neutralizing the harmful bacteria. This allows the skin to find peace, rebalance and reset for an optimum level of health and vibrancy.
Additionally, limit stress as much as possible. Here at LaFLore HQ we meditate as a group several times a week to help keep workplace stress down. Stop and take a breath, three deep breaths per hour really can help. Exercise, drinking plenty of fluids, eating leafy vegetables and fiber and, of course, taking probiotics internally. Dr.Whitney Bowe’s book is also a great resource.
The Moment: What are 3-5 changes we can make to better our skin’s microbiome?
Maya: To better balance your skin’s microbiome there are a number of things you can do. Eat healthy whole foods and make sure you include probiotics and prebiotic rich foods in your diet. If you have sensitive skin, dryness, or acne, probiotic based skincare products help balance these conditions.
The Moment: Can you tell us more about the LaFlore® products? How to best use each of them?
Maya: LaFlore® is a new clinical-strength skincare line that uses the power of probiotics to support skin function at its optimal level. LaFlore®’s patent-pending Probiotic Technology uses live probiotics and a synergistic blend of plant-based ingredients to allow the skin to achieve an ideal state of equilibrium. The result is a beautiful, glowing, stress-free complexion that’s healthy, hydrated, nourished and vibrant.
LaFlore® Probiotic Cleanser
LaFlore® Probiotic Cleanser is a gentle, enzymatic cleanser that softens, brightens and balances all skin types. LaFlore® Probiotic Cleanser washes away makeup and pollutants and resets the skin’s microbiome for optimum overnight recovery and restoration.
Massage a dime size amount of cleanser onto damp skin and gently massage into the face, neck and décolleté. Rinse using warm water. To use as an exfoliating mini-mask, dampen skin before applying, and leave on for up to 90 seconds.
LaFlore® Probiotic Serum Concentrate
LaFlore® Probiotic Serum Concentrate is a powerhouse, aloe-based serum with triphase multibiotics plus a hydrating blend of plant oils and protective antioxidants. LaFlore® Probiotic Serum Concentrate calms, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles and boosts the skin’s natural defense system.
Massage one to two pumps to face, neck and décolleté in the evening, gently massaging serum into the skin with fingertips using a circular motion. Can also be used as an effective spot treatment for blemishes or to help reduce redness and balance skin tone.
LaFlore® Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer
LaFlore® Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer is an aloe-based moisturizer packed with triphase multibiotics, botanical humectants, super-antioxidants, and vitamin D3. LaFlore® Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer primes skin for a flawless makeup application while protecting the skin’s barrier function from the degenerative effects of environmental exposure.
Massage one to two pumps onto the face, neck and décolleté. Apply in the morning and throughout the day as necessary to maintain all day hydration. May be mixed in a 1:1 ratio with makeup or applied over makeup, using a pressing motion.
The Moment: What kinds of bacteria are ‘good’ bacteria?
Maya: Good bacteria support and fortify your skin’s microbiome and optimize natural function. We use several strains of probiotics in our formulas including Bifida Ferment Lysate, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Pichia, Resveratrol Ferment Lysate, Hansenula, Kloeckera, Lactobacillus, Lactococcus, Leuconostoc, Pediococcus, Saccharomyces, and Fig/Lemon Ferment.
The Moment: What makes some ‘bio-available’ and what does that mean exactly?
Maya: Bioavailable simply means your body can easily and readily recognize the ingredient and quickly put it to work for the health of your skin and body. Some other good examples, besides probiotics, are ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which is commonly found in skincare but is also something your body produces on its own.
Special thanks to Maya and to LaFlore® for sponsoring this post!