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5 Beauty Commandments to Obey This Fall

how to get better skin

#1: Thy will cater to thy microbiome.

Don’t freak out: There are bugs on your skin – and that’s a good thing. Present in different areas of the body, including the gut and mouth, the microbiome is a naturally occurring ecosystem made up of trillions of microbes. “We know that the skin has an array of bacteria, fungi, viruses and mites, and they all play a role in skin health,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist and the owner of DLK on Avenue in Toronto. “They function to educate our immune system, and that’s what they do. We are colonized by micro-organisms, and these micro-organisms act as a barrier to prevent the invasion of bad bugs.”

Scientifically speaking, the complexities of the skin microbiome are still under investigation. In the hopes of reaching a better understanding of sensitive skin, the French dermocosmetic line Eau Thermale Avène is one of the companies that is taking a closer look. “I think the most important innovation of 2019 has been the study of microflora that reside on human skin,” says Núria Perez-Cullell, CEO of Pierre Fabre. “Today, we know we need these micro-organisms to have healthy skin and products that respect the microflora,” The result? A soothing cream made up of minimal ingredients, packaged in a unique delivery system.

“We use only seven ingredients,” says Perez-Cullell. “A common moisturizer on the market probably has between 35 and 50. It’s a big difference, thanks to the sterile cosmetics technology we’ve developed. We select the right ingredients, avoid using ingredients like harsh preservatives that aren’t good for sensitive skin and protect sterility during use of the product at home. There is no contact between the formula and the air outside.” The recipe, loaded with the brand’s famed healing thermal water, is also free of parabens, fragrance, soy and gluten.

How to get better skin? The bottom line is:

Choose gentle products that help keep your skin’s microbiome happy. (To keep your gut microbiome happy as well, check out these tips.) “The biggest concern is treatments that wipe out the biome,” says Dr. Kellett. “Sometimes when people use cosmetics, they get such an irritant reaction that they actually alter the stratum corneum and make the microbiome less effective as an immunological organ.” If you experience intense inflammation or a bad reaction, see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.


Bioderma Hydrabio Mist, $14; bioderma.ca

Skinfix Foaming Oil Cleanser, $38; sephora.ca

Eau Thermale Avène Tolérance Extrême Cream, $36; Shoppers Drug Mart

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