Working with the microbiome to strengthen skin

As microorganisms’ role in skin health and beauty has become clearer, innovative active ingredients are hitting the market. In this issue, Sabrina Leoty-Okombi, Valérie André Frei, Philippe Moussou and Torsten Clarius explain how two of those, Relipidium and Phytosoothe, help to protect the skin

According to recent research, almost 60% of cells on and inside our bodies are not human, but belong to microbiota such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea. Over the last decade, our understanding of this microbiome – as microorganisms in their entirety are called – has improved significantly, which is in large part thanks to the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), launched in 2008.

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