Civilisation has long been associated with a sense of “clean” that requires us to rid ourselves of nature and place ourselves on a pedestal above all other life. We sanitise and soap down daily, stripping oiliness from our skin, and disinfect to kill 99.9% of all known germs…if we could blitz 100% – no doubt – humanity, in general, would be pleased.
Are there consequences to these actions?
The answer – A DEFINITIVE YES!
Over the millions of years that humans (and all of life on earth) have existed, we have never done it alone; our very existence relies on thousands of unseen interactions with the microbial world around us. From microbes in our guts that turn amino acids into essential vitamins to those that work closely with the cells on the surface of our skins in order to balance our immune response, we depend heavily on the microbial world. Even our moods are linked to the chemical messages that exist within our bodies because of microbes.
In the future we’ll all look after the microbes on our skin
Science is only clipping the very tip of the massive and complex iceberg that is the microbiome, and what it is fast discovering is that we are successfully destroying the balance that evolution has expertly curated. Through our perception of cleanliness to the processed food we eat and our avoidance of the natural world around us, we’ve either destroyed or lost many of our essential microbe partners.
This is evident through the increase in skin disorders such as eczema, acne and dermatitis, and the rise of lifestyle-related illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and depression. By breaking our microbial partnerships, we’ve broken systems that have existed for millennia. Now we will have to work hard to get the balance back.
Probiotics are live microbes that are good for you
Esse aims to promote awareness around the value of recognising and maintaining a healthy microbiome and offer the opportunity to Rewild your skin’s microbiome with probiotic microbes so that you can wear your best skin with confidence. Rewilding is the science of returning skin to its balanced, wild state through green chemistry and organic biotech. These professional experience, award-winning probiotic products now available to Spa owners and therapists. For more information, visit ESSE Skincare