Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Toiletries to aid your microbiome!

From the New York Times Magazine:  "My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment"
The thousands of bacterial species that make up our microbiome provide a "second genome" with an important role in maintaining and promoting human health.  Soaps that kill bacteria on our skin might  in fact be more damaging than hygienic. Arguing that adding specific microbes can promote hygiene and treat skin ailments, a new start-up company, AOBiome, is marketing a body spray (AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist) with ammonia-oxidizing bacteria.   Journalist Julia Scott tried it for a month... and seems unconvinced.

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