THE GUT MICROBIOME

The gut and skin are intrinsically linked, their intimate relationship is crucial for both immunity and general health. More commonly known as the gut-skin axis or the gut microbiome, it is important to note its functions, its benefits and how to enhance its efficiency.

The Gut Microbiome

The gut and skin are intrinsically linked, their intimate relationship is crucial for both immunity and general health. More commonly known as the gut-skin axis or the gut microbiome, it is important to note its functions, its benefits and how to enhance its efficiency.

THE GUT MICROBIOME

In its entirety, the gut microbiome is the accumulation of microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and the genetic collective of the GIT. The microbiome is key in nutrient and mineral absorption as well as the production of compounds found in enzymes, vitamins and amino acids. The function and development of the gut microbiome can be altered or affected by a range of factors such as exposure to stress, change in environment, diet & nutrition, medication or a general change in lifestyle and this altering of bacteria can result in a weakening of the microbiome.

THE SKIN’S MICROBIOME

Like the gut microbiome, the skin’s microbiome helps to maintain a healthy and steady function, maintaining the skin’s homeostasis supports the skin’s immune responses and helps to decrease inflammation. Between the gut and skin, a recent study from the Frontiers in Microbiology have found a clear influence between the two. When the digestive balance is off, whether that’s through poor nutrition or lack of sleep, the gut becomes overrun with bad bacteria which can result in the skin becoming inflamed and under a similar strain of stress. The inflammation of the skin can cause the development of acne, redness, sensitivity, collagen breakdown and the premature forming of fine lines and wrinkles.

IMPROVING THE GUT’S HEALTH

Your microbiome is not only the result of genetics but also the external factors that it may face. To improve and balance the microbiome, there are various things you can introduce in order to improve and balance the microflora.

PROBIOTICS

Both natural and good for the gut, probiotics work to improve the health of your gut the inside out. Whilst balancing the microbiome, in skincare, probiotics soothe and calm skin inflammation as well as helps to defend the skin against environmental aggressors and free radicals, this can then help the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

HIGH FIBRE DIET

Implementing more high fibre foods into your diet will help the quality of bacteria in the microbiome and limit the growth of harmful microbes.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

In addition to a balanced diet, regular fitness routine and supporting the gut with effective supplements, your gut’s health will operate optimally whilst the skin will be left glowing and radiant.

The Gut Microbiome

In its entirety, the gut microbiome is the accumulation of microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and the genetic collective of the GIT. The microbiome is key in nutrient and mineral absorption as well as the production of compounds found in enzymes, vitamins and amino acids. The function and development of the gut microbiome can be altered or affected by a range of factors such as exposure to stress, change in environment, diet & nutrition, medication or a general change in lifestyle and this altering of bacteria can result in a weakening of the microbiome.

The Skin’s Microbiome

Like the gut microbiome, the skin’s microbiome helps to maintain a healthy and steady function, maintaining the skin’s homeostasis supports the skin’s immune responses and helps to decrease inflammation. Between the gut and skin, a recent study from the Frontiers in Microbiology have found a clear influence between the two. When the digestive balance is off, whether that’s through poor nutrition or lack of sleep, the gut becomes overrun with bad bacteria which can result in the skin becoming inflamed and under a similar strain of stress. The inflammation of the skin can cause the development of acne, redness, sensitivity, collagen breakdown and the premature forming of fine lines and wrinkles.

Improving the Gut’s Health

Your microbiome is not only the result of genetics but also the external factors that it may face. To improve and balance the microbiome, there are various things you can introduce in order to improve and balance the microflora.

If you were to advise a London guide, what would be on your list?

Well, As I grew up in Notting Hill, it will always have my heart and if I was recommending spots in London, a wander around Notting Hill would be high up on my list. From there it would be all the best shopping destinations, the iconic private members club, Annabels, Harrods and Liberty’s for any cute and unique gifts. I would always pop into 111CRYO at Harrods for the Cryo Facial and treatment for the ultimate recharge. Sometimes the city is great, but the beautiful secrets of the English countryside is something that should be experienced.

Your In-Flight Essentials?

I don’t have a routine per say and I am certainly not as thorough as Naomi Campbell but I would apply the Meso Infusion Lip Duo and I would always wipe my phone down with anti-bacterial wipes, in fact I do this every day, the bacteria build up is no good for the skin.

In terms of Industry, where do you see the hair industry going?

Well Instagram has changed so much and has impacted the way we consume and learn within the industry, especially with so many creatives, but I still find that a massive amount of people come to the professionals to share the knowledge on how to carry out or complete a desired look, more than ever there is power behind ‘how-to’ videos.

A very valid point and in terms of 2020?

In terms of what we are to see in 2020, things are going to be super creative and we will see a wider awareness for people doing their own thing and it will be expressive and artistic. People will move away from the overtly glamorous looks and will create looks they can tailor to their everyday. As it’s currently Award Season which is the busiest time of the year leading up to the Met Ball, hairstyles are certainly more elaborate, and everyone loves an up do. I would say the most timeless look has to be the blunt bob, it comes around year on year, but it is effortless and timeless.

Outside of hair, what other industries are you into?

I am hugely into Interiors and I would describe my style as 60s/70s glamour, think elaborate and dramatic but I often fantasise about 80s Dallas and Joan Collins and I have to reign myself in. I also love Baking; it is the ultimate way to relax and I find that it is my meditation and therapy. If I’m in the USA I would bake a lot of cookies as everyone is obsessed with then over here and in the UK, I would bake more traditional styles like a lemon tart or an apple tart – it allows for me to be creative outside of my job.

Finally, the best advice you have ever received?

It would have to be from my grandfather, he would often say to me “it’s not how well you’re doing but how well people think you’re doing”. I haven’t successfully implemented it however you can look to Instagram today and people see our work and are blown away by it, but we can be so hard on ourselves and not appreciate our own work ourselves.

 

Probiotics

Both natural and good for the gut, probiotics work to improve the health of your gut the inside out. Whilst balancing the microbiome, in skincare, probiotics soothe and calm skin inflammation as well as helps to defend the skin against environmental aggressors and free radicals, this can then help the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

High Fibre Diet

Implementing more high fibre foods into your diet will help the quality of bacteria in the microbiome and limit the growth of harmful microbes.

Lifestyle Changes

In addition to a balanced diet, regular fitness routine and supporting the gut with effective supplements, your gut’s health will operate optimally whilst the skin will be left glowing and radiant.