Consumers are increasingly looking for science-backed results in their beauty and personal care products. One of the key scientific features consumers seek is supporting the microbiome. The microbiome is particularly relevant for skin and scalp products, used in regions with rich microbiota. How can brands leverage sustainable ingredients for microbiome-friendly products consumers will love? And how can brands be sure that ingredients are truly safe for the microbiome?
The Microbiome Establishes Healthy Skin and Hair
The beauty industry is buzzing with the word “microbiome,” but what does it mean exactly? The human microbiome is a complex structure of microscopic cells from all the domains of life and viruses on the human body. It is thought of as humans’ “last organ.” The skin microbiome has its own physiology and pathology, which merit their own special attention. The skin is largely inhospitable to microbes, as it is exposed to the external environment. Thus, topical treatments like skincare and scalpcare can create a welcoming environment to promote healthy microbiomes. In turn, a healthy microbiome promotes general skin health by preventing pathogenic bacteria from overtaking the population, as well as producing beneficial molecules for skin.
Neossance Hemisqualane Protects the Skin Microbiome
The flexibility of formulation with Neossance Hemisqualane allows easy incorporation into shampoos, conditioners, scalp oils, treatments, and more. The close proximity of these products to the scalp creates a unique opportunity to support the scalp microbiome.
Recently, MyMicrobiome awarded Neossance Hemisqualane a microbiome-friendly status, joining the previously microbiome-friendly certified Neossance Squalane. This status includes testing Neossance Hemisqualane application in four key areas:
- Free from contamination
- The body’s area-specific bacteria are able to grow unharmed
- The variety of microbiome is preserved
- The skin balance is not disturbed by the product (i.e., there is no suppression of protective bacteria and no fostering of harmful bacteria)