I’ve been reading this book lately on the skin’s microbiome.
The book itself is pretty amazing, it’s written by Dr.Skotnicki and does a step by step breakdown of the history of skin and hygiene treatment along with the skin’s microbiology and how the interplay between them works.
The short version of the book – rethink everything you’re using on your skin.
Here’s some zingers and facts I compiled from the book that might peak your curiosity. The author also put together this website where she monitors the ingredients of individual hygiene and cosmetics products and recommends which have the least impact on the skin’s natural biome.
One of the anecdotes that gives me joy is the story of MotherDirt. MotherDirt is a cosmetics and hygeiene brand started by a chemical engineer – David Whitlock – that doesn’t impact the skin’s naturally occurring Ammonia Oxidizing bacteria. You can read more about ammonia oxidizing bacteria here.
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