When we think about skincare, we often ponder the beauty products we use, the cleansers we rely on to take off the day, and maybe also our diet and sleep habits—but it turns out there's much more to consider if you're seeking clear, healthy skin. You may have heard about your gut's and how important it is to keep it balanced. In the same way our stomachs rely on a variety of bacteria to function properly and optimally, our skin is also home to an "elaborate ecosystem of microbes," explains MindBodyGreen in a recent article outlining the surprising ways we may be harming it. If you want to nurture your skin's , you should consider avoiding some common household products. The chemicals in so many—while intended to clean and make our lives better—are messing with the balance of our skin's ecosystem. Head below to see what household items to ditch to save your skin.
Cleansers with SLS and SDS: Harsh surfactants such as SLS and SDS found in many cleansers can strip away the skin's natural moisture barrier. "Look for cleansers without SLS and SDS, plus try to lather up only where you need it" for a "more biome-friendly" approach to cleanliness, writes MBG.
Antibacterial products: Studies have shown that for everyday purposes, antibacterial products are not necessary. Stick with simple soap and water to get clean and stop killing the good bacteria along with the bad.
Antiperspirants: Though these are an admittedly tough product to cut out of your routine, ditching antiperspirants with antimicrobial agents and sweat blockers will actually rebalance your underarms' ecosystem and reduce your body odor.
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