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The key ingredients for a happy microbiome

Ectoin  - “The Protect” Ingredient

Ectoin, a natural biomolecule, is extracted from strains of robust bacteria which live in extremely stressful environments. It belongs to a family of ‘chaperone’ molecules whose principal function on the skin and in the body is as a natural cell protector.

On the skin, chaperone molecules are found in the cells of our microbiome - that population of friendly bacteria, yeasts and moulds found naturally on healthy skin. Chaperone molecules preserve the microbiome and protect it from stresses, such as damage by freezing, heating or, more crucially, from dehydration. They, therefore, protect our populations of good bacteria in the microbiome. Most importantly, chaperone molecules, such as ectoin, allow natural enzymatic processes to proceed smoothly and unhindered.

Ectoin, therefore, is of tremendous benefit as a post-biotic additive, where it protects and defends the skin’s microbiome. It restores the skin’s microfauna and flora to give balance and vigour to the microbiome. As such, it is an important ingredient in the skin’s natural electrolyte defence. As a post-biotic, ectoin ensures balance in the skin’s natural chemistry ensuring harmony and balance.

Cottonbloom Extract - The “Maintain” Ingredient

Cottonbloom extract is a biofunctional complex composed of oligosaccharides – natural sugars occurring naturally in an array of natural sources – which help with the maintenance of skin hydration and nutrition. They are ideal prebiotics, which provide nutrients for skin bacteria. The extract claims a range of health benefits, including a stronger immune system, and overall improved skin health.

Cottonbloom extract cushions skin and acts as a stress buffer, maintaining the skin in a soft and nutritive cocoon.

Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate:  The “Restore” Ingredient

 Sásta Microbiome Booster Serum is formulated with Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, an extract which has been shown in trials to promote oxygen uptake and collagen production. It has anti-irritant properties causing a reduction in redness and inflammation on the skin.

Lactobacilli are the most important skin bacterial populations in healthy skin. The Ferment Lysate is a prebiotic which enhances skin microbiome populations and encourages the development of skin collagen.

In combination with glycerine and hyaluronic acid, it increases the numbers of skin fibroblasts – these are essential constituents in the skin’s elasticity - and collagen content giving a reduction in wrinkles.