The four pillars of minimalist skincare

The four pillars of minimalist skincare

Using multiple products and complex regimens can over-expose our skin to chemicals that can be irritating, drying, and can cause potential skin sensitivities.

Our goal at Symbiome is to eliminate what is NOT essential, and to minimize exposure to unnecessary ingredients and products.

We have therefore adopted "the four pillars of minimalist skincare" which incorporate only essential skincare elements (a cleanser, moisturizer, anti-aging compounds, and a sunscreen). All these essential elements perform a specific function and are intentionally selected to maintain healthy skin.

1. Gentle cleansers remove debris and buildup that could otherwise lead to acne as well as environmental pollutants which cause oxidative damage to our skin. They are specially formulated to be gentle on our skin microbiome, which is a key protective barrier.

2. Moisturizers are essential to support and maintain a healthy and intact skin barrier. Without an intact barrier, we lose our body’s moisture and this can lead to dry, cracked, inflamed, and infected skin. Symbiome Postbiomic™ Oils contain essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid which is integral in maintaining a healthy skin barrier and is involved in normal maturation and differentiation of sebaceous (oil) glands to reduce comedone and acne formation.

3. Anti-aging compounds — antioxidants, retinoids, and stem cells — collectively work to prevent the accelerated signs of aging we are subject to while living in an urban environment

  • Antioxidants combat the myriad environmental pollutants we are exposed to daily in our urban lifestyles (household chemicals, car exhaust, industrial pollutants). All of these pollutants lead to free radical production and oxidative damage to our skin which accelerates the aging process, exemplified by the earlier appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.
  • Retinoids facilitate the production of collagen, they are essential to preventing fine lines and wrinkles, evening out skin tone, preventing acne, and are natural chemical exfoliants to increase cell turnover for bright and vibrant skin.
  • Stem cells contain the cytokines and growth factors to stimulate new collagen, elastin, and vascular growth to accelerate wound healing and skin rejuvenation.

    4. Sunscreen — along with sun-protective clothing — is critical to preventing signs of UV damage. Absent appropriate sun protection, our skin can show signs of accelerated aging and be at risk of developing skin cancers.

    Just because there are four pillars of minimalist skincare doesn’t mean you need four different products.

    Each of our Postbiomic™ Oils cover at least three of these key elements (a moisturizer, antioxidant, and natural Vitamin A / retinoid derivatives), and our stem cell serum (The Answer) contains 50% stem cell media, rich with all these integral cytokines and growth factors, making these products ideal for minimalist skincare. Recharge002 Postbiomic™ Oil with fermented pequi oil has naturally-occurring carotenoids: beta carotene, cryptoxanthin, which are pro-retinoids — precursors to Vitamin A (retinol) — that our body converts to retinoids as needed.

    Symbiome's focus is to deliver these four pillars of minimalist skincare into a regimen that is incredibly simple to integrate into your normal daily skincare routine.


    Our minimal and effective skincare is intentionally formulated to restore health to all skin. Shop now

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