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Trends in skin care: microbiome

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What do you know about microbiome?

Nature is perfect and so is our skin! This year, the microbiome becomes an inevitable buzzword and we all want to know everything about it.


Micro-what? The microbiome in a nutshell

To put it simply, the microbiome is the ecosystem of the skin. It comprises of all the micro-organisms that are living in & on your skin, working towards maintaining a naturally balanced ecosystem. This balance is affected not only by all the beauty products we love to use but also by factors such as food or environmental pollution. 
You may already know it: good and bad bacteria are naturally found on the skin.

“Cosmetics are food for bacteria: while it doesn’t sound so glamourous, the idea is to feed the good ones and get rid of the bad ones, without threatening the ecosystem’s balance.” says microbiome expert Marie Drago, founder of the promising Gallinée beauty brand.

The outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, constitutes both a physical and immunological barrier for our body and the organs it protects. It is supported in its role by the good bacteria which live on its surface. Protection of skin is key for the way it reacts, looks and feels. By the way, did you know the skin is the largest external organ of the body? 


Trends in skincare: nurturing the skin's ecosystem

“We will all be getting to know our skin microbiome better in 2019”, says Dr Justine Kluk, consultant dermatologist at 25 Harley Street, in the Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

Research on the intestine’s microbiota and the skin’s microbiome have travelled from the scientific, medical and pharmaceutical universe to go finally mainstream in 2019. 
Consumers today are moving towards simpler beauty routines, cleaner products and more natural formulas. They want to feel more like they are part of nature, the human ecosystem as part of a broader global ecosystem.

To receive information & advice regarding the exposition of their skin to a potentially harmful and polluted environment, they turn to doctors, dermatologists, and now beauty industry experts. 
Microbiome-balancing skincare products respond to rising concerns about environmental pollution, causing skin sensitivity and premature ageing. These products will empower the skin to repair and protect itself, by boosting skin’s immune system and boosting its natural defense barrier. This new category of products is expected to innovate in 2019. 


This is a revolution: a new category of personal care product is being invented! 


Agile independent brands are pioneers on this new market segment, followed by larger global cosmetic groups with greater Research & Development resources. In line with consumers’ demand and strong market trends, beauty formulators are rethinking products with less conservatives and more natural ingredients, monitoring effects on the skin’s PH in order to respect natural skin barriers. 

Studies on the skin’s microbiome lead brands to invent products to remove impurities, balance body-generated oils while avoiding to kill all bacteria, regardless of their qualities. We understand each ingredient has an effect on the biodiversity of the skin. Products are meant to remove bad bacteria while promoting the good ones! Microbiome skincare protects, supports and influences the while ecosystem of the skin. 

The new formulas also impact the distribution. Free from conservatives, some microbiome-balancing skincare products have a very short shelf-life and need to be kept in fridges. Therefore, they could become available at stores which already have these infrastructures and it will push beauty retailers to adapt theirs. 

Softer cleansing products, gently hydrating creams and treatments are now being developed and choosing the right packaging for these sensitive and complex formulas is also key.  

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Beauty packaging: a significant role to play

Packaging plays an even more significant role as you reduce or suppress conservatives in the formula. Natural oxidation occurs when the formula is in contact with oxygen.

This reaction can alter the formula and make it less efficient when applied on the skin. It also opens a door for harmful environmental bacteria which can contaminate the formula. Traditionally, oxidation is avoided, or at least slowed down, thanks to the use of conservatives.

Airless packaging such as D.N.Airless by Albéa protect the formula from oxidation while it is being use by the consumer. And more techniques are currently being developed so stay connected with Albéa!  

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Dive into the microbiome

We would like to thank Marie Drago from Gallinée Beauté who took the time to answer our questions with all her knowledge and positive energy. We wish the best of success.

READ: the Harpers Bazaar’s take on this new skincare trend

VISIT: If you pass by Paris (and as Audrey Hepburn said “Paris is always a good idea”) we recommend a visit of the Microbiote-dedicated exhibition at La Villette :  it runs until august 4th :

LISTEN: Learn more about the Microbiome with our selection of podcasts featuring Marie Drago from Gallinée:
-    In English MIicrobiome skin trend? Business podcast from Global Cosmetics News
-    En français Marie Drago, la fin de la peau sensible sur Beauty Toaster