Ok kids, it’s time for high-science Wednesday. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.
Regular readers will remember this post I did back in February about esse’s new Plus range – a range that is going to change the way we look at skincare.
The new Plus range comprises of 6 products: 3 serums (intensity, probiotic and ageless), 2 moisturisers (defence and restorative), and an eye contour cream.
Each of the products contain esse’s BIOME+ technology. This formula contains Lactobacillus cells (um, that would be bacteria, but Trevor assures us it’s friendly bacteria). The reasoning behind adding bacteria to a skincare product (yes, I know what you’re thinking, “it had better be a spectacular reason”) is that we have been stripping our skin of all bacteria for years, yet we actually need good bacteria to survive. In fact, if we were to remove all the bacteria from our bodies, we would only live for a few days. The addition of these cells acts like a buffet for your skin’s good bacteria to help it maintain the skin’s natural barrier function. So instead of thinking about it as bacteria, think of the Toner Plus as a prebiotic* for your skin.
*Proboiotics are good microbes and prebiotics are foods or supplements that feed and nourish good microbes.
Now it all starts to make sense, no? You’ve heard me talk about protecting the acid mantle so many times, and this is exactly what the Plus range is designed to do. Having a healthy barrier means your skin will be more resilient to daily aggressors and less likely to become sensitive or inflamed. It’s important to note here that the reason so many of us suffer with sensitive skin these days is because of the harsh scrubbing and cleansing we put it through.
Here is a snippet from their website further explaining their reasoning:
Every few decades, a scientific discovery is made that changes the way that we see ourselves and the world around us.
The latest discoveries made by the Human Microbiome Project have remodelled our approach to skincare and offer us new methodologies to slow the effects of ageing on skin. The advances in genetic sequencing over the last 10 years have allowed scientists to distinguish human DNA from that of other organisms.
The results are revolutionising the thinking on human health and, more importantly, they’ve changed our sense of self. The Human Microbiome Project has discovered that optimal skin health is dependent on the presence of trillions of microbes living on, and in, your skin.
Each one of us is a complex ecosystem – a harmonious mix of human cells and microbes. By weight, 46% of the DNA in your body is human. The remaining 54% is microbial. By number, for every human cell there are 10 microbes in your body. These microbes are an essential part of you and contribute to your identity.
The Human Microbiome Project has revealed that highly complex microbial interactions are prevalent in the skin. Microbes are largely responsible for the condition of your skin. They defend and protect the skin from pathogens, they maintain effective barrier function, and they prevent premature ageing.
Find your nearest stockist of this new innovative range here.