Rethinking Healthy Skin: How to Restore the Skin Biome + Glow from the Inside Out with Jasmina Aganovic
If you want better skin from the inside out, this episode is for you!
Our guest is Jasmina Aganovic, President of Mother Dirt, a line of biome-friendly personal care products focused on restoring and maintaining the balance of the skin biome.
We’re unpacking the skin biome, and how balancing your bacterial ecosystem may be the key to better skin.
This episode is all about cutting-edge science and radiant natural beauty, so let’s make it happen!
Ingredients that don’t pass the Biome-Friendly test:
(1) Alcohol and ethanol
(2) Strong surfactants like: SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) & SDS (Sodium Hydroxide) – these are the most common. A bit less common but still come up regularly are quaternary ammonium surfactants, such as quaternium-15 and benzalkonium (try saying that 10 times fast!)
(3) Broadly all preservatives are not biome-friendly. Afterall preservatives are in formulas to kill bacteria. Some common examples here are phenoxyethanol, parabens, and sodium benzoate.
(4) Anti-microbial essential oils (thyme, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree). Essential oils are potent in general. Those with antimicrobial activity are especially powerful. These should be used sparsely, and for specific areas (not everywhere all the time).
Jasmina Aganovic is the President of Mother Dirt, a line of biome-friendly personal care products focused on restoring and maintaining the balance of the skin biome.
The technology is based off research from AOBiome Therapeutics, a biotech company focused on transforming human health through products that restore Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB), which current hygiene practices have stripped from the modern microbiome.
She is a cosmetics and consumer goods entrepreneur who received her degree in chemical and biological engineering from MIT. H
er career path combined her technical background with roles at consumer brands like LVMH, Fresh, and Living Proof.
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