Dr. Whitney’s Picks

Mother Dirt AO+ Mist for Face and Body

This is one of my favorite topics because it is transforming medicine today! In my video, America is Redefining Clean, I explained that you will be seeing more and more skincare products on the market that protect your skin’s healthy barrier and microbiome. What does this mean? Your skin’s “microbiome” is a beautiful rainforest of diverse organisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses) which live in and on your skin’s various layers, from the deep-down fat cushion all the way up to your epidermal cells on high. Did you know that there are more than one trillion bacteria in the skin, originating from approximately one thousand different species!

Our antiseptic cleansing styles and obsession with antibacterial soaps and cleansers has stripped our skin of its healthy bacteria. These products are b-b-bad to our b-b-biome. If your skin’s healthy microbiome is disrupted by harsh cleansers and other abrasive skincare products, this discontent results in breakouts, rosacea flares, psoriasis, eczema, and even sensitive skin. When your good bugs are healthy, your skin is, in turn, healthy and radiant. That’s because these essential bugs fight infections, combat against environmental damage, boost our immune system, and keep our skin hydrated and dewy!

Enter, Mother Dirt AO+ Mist for Face and Body. This product is one of the few examples of a true probiotic skin-care product available today, meaning that the bacteria in the mist are actually living microorganisms. Thus, this mist is formulated with a patented, live “peacekeeper” strain of bacteria to restore essential good bugs that have been removed by modern hygiene and lifestyles. Over time, we’ve scrubbed away the healthy diversity that should be part of our microbiome. Mother Dirt is working to reintroduce our skin to the Nitrosomonas eutropha strain and bring back its unique skin benefits.

In company studies, subjects who used the AO+ Mist (along with the brand’s cleanser) for four weeks saw a 35 percent improvement in skin clarity, and a 22 percent improvement in oily skin. In my opinion, this is one of the most promising aspects of probiotic therapy — to support our skin’s natural defense mechanisms to stave off imbalance that can create problematic skin issues in the future. Learning to support our skin’s health through nourishing products that bolster and diversify our healthy barrier and restore our good bugs is the future of skincare, in my opinion, and this is a great starting point.

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