Thrilled to report that Everyday Oil is officially certified microbiome friendly ! We had it tested by a lab of scientists specializing in the microbiome and they certified that Everyday Oil is microbiome-friendly for the skin on your beautiful face, on your lovely body and for sweet little baby skin, too. If you have used Everyday Oil for some time, you already knew this, but its great to have science back us up!
Skin! The largest organ in the body! It has its own microbiome and when balanced and happy, it works hard at keeping our bodies healthy. Not only can our skin’s microbiome protect against infection by keeping other organisms in check, it helps heal wounds and keeps inflammation at bay. An imbalance in the microbiome can be a trigger for different skin conditions, including allergies, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.
How do we keep our microbiomes happy and healthy?
~ Keep skincare simple and skip the soap!
Putting too many products with potent actives on our skin can be damaging to the fine balance of the microbiome. Similarly, too much soap can remove more than just dirt and can strip the skin leaving it vulnerable to bacteria and microbiome imbalance. For cleansing your face, we recommend using just water and Everyday Oil. For washing your body, we recommend using a gentle soap on armpits, privates and feet and skipping the soap on the rest of your skin. A weekly deep scrub with these scrubby hands and Everyday Oil, or this Epsom Salt Everyday Oil Scrub and soak is the perfect full body exfoliation routine. (To exfoliate the delicate skin on your face, we recommend a clean, warm washcloth or a natural Probiotic Alpha Hydroxy Acid Mask like this one.)
~ Mind your gut :)
There’s a microbiome in your gut as well and (like most things) it’s ~~~all~~~connected~~~. So systemically, what we’re eating can support not only our skin, but our mood, stress levels, and balance of good bacteria all over the body. Sugar can breed bad bacteria, so skip the processed foods and sugars when you can, and avoid any known food irritants. Ancient cooking traditions have ferments at every meal. Keep the kimchi and sauerkraut handy to promote good bacteria levels! Also, a must try recipe from acclaimed chef and our friend, Angela Dimayuga: Lacto-Fermented Hot Sauce. She just came out with her own cookbook, Filipinx! “Filipinx is the story of the daughter of immigrants who doesn’t feel the need to assimilate into America, but rather celebrates her roots and culture in their full richness—that is her contribution to being an American. Strong, thoughtful, and to the point, all while stylistically challenging what a ‘cookbook’ can be.”-co-founder of Opening Ceremony, Humberto Leon. If you want to dive deep into the fermented world, take a look at this Field Guide to Fermentation.
~ Get outside 💛
Forests, gardens, urban green spaces- the microbes found in nature are beneficial. Dig that dirt, plant that seed and breath deep to improve the diversity of your microflora.