A compromised skin microbiome, aka the skin flora, or the microorganisms, both good and bad, which live among our complexion’s most outermost layer, can age you fast. Luckily, we’ve found three ways to keep it balanced and in check, promoting a healthy, youthful complexion in the process.
Cleanse With Coconut Oil
The sulfate in found in facial soaps can sap your microbiome’s good dirt, bad dirt, and natural oils. The result? Wrinkle-causing dry skin — eek! To remedy, wash your face with coconut oil ($12.99, Amazon) three times a week. It will remove impurities while hydrating skin to fill in lines.
Exfoliate With Greek Yogurt
By stripping the microbiome of good bacteria, scrubs can leave skin red and irritated. But the lactic acid in Greek yogurt sloughs off dead cells while its probiotics restore bacterial balance. Apply a thin layer to skin twice a week.
Moisturize With Jojoba Oil
Creams that have too much alkaline or are too acidic can disrupt skin’s pH levels, resulting in an imbalance that leaves your complexion more parched than it began. A quick fix? Apply jojoba oil (7.99, Amazon) twice a day. It mimics skin’s natural oils and normalizes pH levels.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.
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