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French people are obsessed about their microbiome....

I am back from Paris and everyone is talking about the microbiome…

The microbiota refers to the 100 billions of bacteria that lives in and our body, the term microbiome is simply the genetic material of these microorganisms.
99% of these bacteria reside in our intestine (intestinal flora) and can weigh up to 4 lbs. Imagine: 1 gram of poop contains more bacteria than there are humans on earth!
Research, although in its infancy, shows incredible discoveries of the microbiota’s influence on our health. Living in our guts, our roommates digest our digestion leftovers, making vitamins, riding toxins, stimulating our immune system, affecting our mood and they even could be responsible for weight gain!
If you want to learn more read Gulia Enders book: Gut: the Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-rated Organ

All this made me wonder about the remaining 1% bacteria located on the skin named the skin microbiota.

Yes, we have friendly bacteria on our skin!
The 2 square meters of human skin host around 1000 species of bacteria and several types of fungi. Most are found in the superficial layers of the epidermis and the upper parts of hair follicles.
Skin flora is usually non-pathogenic, and either commensal (are not harmful to their host) or mutualistic (offer a benefit).
The benefits bacteria can offer includes preventing transient pathogenic organisms from colonizing the skin surface, either by competing for nutrients, secreting chemicals against them, or stimulating the skin's immune system.

Microbiome Contribution to Health

The skin performs many important functions, including the prevention of water loss, regulation of body temperature, protection from environmental insults and immunological functions.
The skin microbiota is the outermost layer on our body and our body’s first line of defense. These bacteria contribute to our immune system, repair cuts, heal wounds, protect from allergens, stop oxidative stress such as UV or pollution, and have an important role in keeping the skin elastic and hydrated. Furthermore, an impaired microbiota is linked to several skin issues such as eczema, allergies, dandruff, acne and some dermatitis.

Skincare and topical drug influence on the microbiota:

Science is just beginning to explain the complex relationships between microbes and the human body, but one can wonder how cosmetic and drug products applied to skin affect the microbiota.
A Study by the Human Microbiome Project, shows 90% of the chemical found on the skin comes from skincare and topical drugs products!
The application of cosmetics has to directly influence the ecological balance of skin microbiota as it introduces inhibiting factors such as antimicrobiotics and preservatives.
Some skincare products may act indiscriminately and produce changes in environmental conditions, i.e., pH and available water, or shift the nutrient balance.
Short-term effects may be minimal but what about the long-term effects of consistent and repeated application, and concerns about antimicrobial tolerance?

What should we do, stop using skincare?

Although we need to clean our skin from pollution, chemical sunscreens, makeup etc… I believe we can make sure our products respect the natural flora of the skin or rebalance it.
1.Respecting the skin pH is important: the skin pH is 5 to 5.5, when we use soaps, antibacterial acne cleansers, sudsy shower gels, facial washes we send the skin pH up the ladder to 8 even 11! It is important to use a gentle wash or rebalance the pH with a toner.

2.Don’t overdo it: washing skin repeatedly can damage the protective external layer and cause trans-epidermal loss of water, scaling and dryness. Microorganisms and allergens penetrating the epidermis can provoke sensitivity and dermatitis.
3.Beware of bactericidal and fungicidal soaps, antibiotic creams, new preservative systems, they will inevitably lead to bacterial and fungal populations which are resistant to the chemicals employed leading to new skin diseases.
4.Probiotics: used to boost the activity of the good bacteria and rebalance the skin flora, research on probiotics could lead to new treatments for treating acne, atopic dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis.

Here are our favorite cleansers with a pH 4 to 6

Here are our favorite cleansers with a pH 4 to 6

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Q&A: How to get the best beach body?
Client: How can hydrate my back without acrobatics?
Helene: Try Pevonia tropical mist, spray your back and let the moisture quench your skin. It has a delicious mango scent and it is boosted with aloe and hyaluronic acid.

Client: I want to have the perfect tan this summer, what do you recommend?
Helene: Come in for a full body exfoliation a couple of times during the summer. Removing dead cells and sunscreen accumulation will leave your skin more radiant and hydrated...and we can reach your back!. Also after a day at the beach, shower using a gentle loofa so you don't sleep in these chemical sunscreens.

Client: I exercise a lot and I am getting blemishes on my back, what should I do?
Helene: We offer back facials at be Smooth to rid pimples; we apply an enzyme mask on your back and steam it for 10 minutes; this allows the papaya and pineapple enzymes to soften the skin and dislodge debris from your pores; then we follow with extractions and a soothing cream.

Client: I have been at the gym every day but I cant rid the "orange peel"
Helene: Cellulite is caused by poor lymph drainage, the lymph carries toxins away from the fatty tissues, unfortunately some of us tend to "retain water" i.e lymph and this results in spongy areas on your legs. The solution is to come for some endermologie treatments, this machine helps move the lymph towards the draining points, decongesting the bumpy areas. After 10 sessions, twice a week the skin is smoother looking.

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A new study finds that biafine, a cosmetic skin cream, may reduce skin problems for cancer patients who undergo radiation as part of their treatment. While many breast cancer patients only experience minor, temporary side effects to radiation (such as tenderness or swelling), some patients experience burning, reddening, and peeling. According to the researchers, biafine may reduce disruptions and delays during radiation therapy due to skin problems.
In the study, which was presented at a meeting of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Edmonton, Canada in September 2000, researchers studied radiation therapy patients who used the biafine cream over a 5-week period of radiation. After 5 weeks of radiation, 83% of the patients developed only minor radiation-induced skin problems (such as mild redness, swelling, or peeling).
A month after radiation therapy was complete, 30% of the patients had no evidence of skin toxicity after using the biafine cream. Approximately 37% of the patients had only mild skin problems. However, 28% of the patients had moderate skin problems four weeks after radiation therapy and a few patients experienced severe radiation dermatitis.
According to researcher Dr. Ewa Szumacher, a radiation oncologist at the Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, biafine cream appears to protect the skin against radiation-induced toxicity. In the study, none of the patients had to delay or disrupt radiation treatments due to skin problems. Normally, it takes approximately one month for the skin to heal after radiation therapy is completed, according to Dr. Szumacher. Recovery may be longer if the patient has both radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

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You probably read all the blogs telling you what to bring back from Paris, for those of us that are not planing a trip to Paris in the near future and wondering where to buy Bioderma Crealine H2O, Nuxe prodigieuse oil, Biafine and Homeoplasmine in the U.S. go to
Now the million dollar question is what is the difference between Bioderma Crealine H2O micelar solution and Bioderma Sensibio H2O.
The name Crealine will indicate it comes directly from France. The English name is Sensibio, although it is the same formula it is shipped from UK, Canada Greece or Morocco.
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Benzoyl Peroxide vs. Salicylic Acid:  Understand the Differences.
FACT: Benzoyl Peroxide penetrates deeply into the pores and suppresses can causing bacteria, stopping the acne process before it starts.

FACT: Salicylic acid, while a highly effective surface exfoliator, does not penetrate as deeply into the pores; nor, does it suppress bacteria.

FACT: Benzoyl Peroxide has a unique dual mechanism that works as follows: Once it penetrates the pores, it releases oxygen which in turn, suppresses bacteria. Its deep exfoliating properties then flush out the pore impactions, leaving the skin acne free.

FACT: As a surface exfoliator, salicylic acid is sufficient for loosening superficial impactions such as blackheads. However it does not treat acne at its source in the dermal layer.
FACT: Benzoyl Peroxide is the most efficient in a hydroalcolic form

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In general, the rule is that you should be using a shot glass size, 1 oz, or 2 tbs of sunscreen on your entire body from head to toe for the average size person.
If just your face, neck, and chest are exposed, use nickel to quarter size amount for each area. Again, your goal is to make sure that you have sufficiently covered every square inch of your exposed skin. Since these areas of your body typically see the sun most, they are also the quickest to age.
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We're Promoting Safe Sun!
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and while we know the importance of getting a little much-needed vitamin D, we're also taking it seriously by encouraging our clients to keep the outdoor tanning at a minimum (and for heaven's sake, stay away from the tanning booths completely!) Instead, why not try one of our natural-looking organic spray tans?
It's a service that has become a client favorite around here, and if you buy a package of 3 this month we'll take $5 off of each! You can still get your glow on prior to putting on a bathing suit!

3 Spray Tans for $75
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