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The beauty of the microbiome ~ a microscopic world of magic & mystery

The skin microbiome is a rising star in the beauty world, its rapid ascent fueled by science and self-care. New discoveries in microbiome research are happening all the time ~ changing the way we understand the health of our skin and how to care for it.

Guided by the latest in skin science, we set out to study the effects of our patented formula on skin health. In this article, we’re delighted to share the results of our recent Microbiome Assessment Study, along with some helpful information about the biology of the microbiome ~ what it is, how it functions, and why it matters.

Let’s start at the very beginning…

What is a microbiome?

By definition, the human microbiome is made up of trillions of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, and other microbes) living on and inside your body, with the majority located in your gut.

Formed the moment you are born, this bountiful and diverse layer connects and helps to direct all of your body’s systems ~ communicating important signals to shape how your body functions.

Research into the gut microbiome is fairly well-established, which is helping to raise awareness of the skin microbiome (skin is our largest organ, after all). What we know so far is that a balanced skin microbiome can support the overall health of your skin ~ and the more we learn, the more friendly this ecosystem seems to be.

Your skin’s invisible armour

The wisdom of nature is alive on your skin

With ten times the number of microorganisms than all the stars in the Milky Way, your skin microbiome cloaks every inch of your skin. Some of these microbes are helpful, some harmful ~ nurturing this delicate balance is the key to strengthening your skin’s innate immunity.

Invisible to the naked eye, your skin microbiome is like a natural armour protecting you from:

  • Infection
  • UV damage
  • Premature ageing
  • Other irritations

And while this unique shield is extremely useful to you, it is also delicate. Constant exposure to environmental pollutants, chemicals, harsh cleansers, exfoliants, cosmetics, and other daily stressors can cause your skin to become unbalanced.

If your skin is out of balance, reactions can occur ~ leading to inflammation, acne, blemishes, and other irritations. In this way, nurturing a balanced microbiome is a basic element of skin health ~ when your microbiome is healthy, your skin will be more resilient.

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A collection that is kind to skin

There is beauty in connection

Perhaps more than first meets the eye, our skin is intricately connected to our overall health.

At ARgENTUM, we respect the interconnectedness of the skin microbiome and we’ve taken great care to formulate our silver skincare collection to positively affect it. All of our products are designed to support the skin’s ecosystem in a way that is kind to skin.

Your skin is a part of you, and it deserves to be cared for with love.

The magic & science of silver hydrosol

The heart of ARgENTUM is silver

All of our ingredients are exceptionally effective while being gentle to skin's natural flora, but there is one ingredient in particular that plays the starring role in keeping the delicate balance of bad and good bacteria ~ Silver Hydrosol, the purest and most effective form of colloidal silver.

It’s a safe and natural ingredient, known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as well as the ability to fight free radicals and help regenerate tissue. Silver has an almost magical ability to differentiate between healthy cells and pathogens and gently regulates skin balance without harm or irritation. To witness the science of silver for yourself, watch this microscopic view of liquid silver killing live bacteria.

In fact, the World Health Organisation uses colloidal silver in its water filters and recently colloidal silver has been confirmed in clinical studies to combat even antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA.

Modern science is also exploring the protective properties of copper and silver surfaces and how they may be used to quickly kill harmful bacteria and viruses.

la potion infinie ~ our hero for intuitively healthy skin

Scientific testing proves la potion infinie protects the skin microbiome

We believe the skin microbiome is a hero, so we created our hero ~ la potion infinie ~ to support it. With microbiome beauty and skin science on the rise, we wanted scientific proof of our patented formula and its effect on the skin microbiome.

We are delighted to share the results of our recent Microbiome Assessment Study from the Medical University of Lodz in Poland. The purpose of this study was to determine whether la potion infinie supports and protects the natural skin microbiome.

Results of the study confirmed la potion infinie…

  • Has a positive effect on the skin microbiome
  • Restores the balance of the skin microbiome
  • Protects the skin microbiome, and
  • promotes the balance of the skin microbiome

In fact, la potion infinie was found to eliminate adverse microorganisms of the Bacillus, Enterococcus, and Pantoea species. All three of these bacteria have been linked to infection and disease.

Importantly, it was also found that la potion infinie did not disturb the number of microorganisms present on the skin ~ therefore, being seen to support the existing skin microbiome. So while unwanted bacteria were removed, the remaining microorganisms were undamaged ~ helping to restore the delicate balance of the skin microbiome.

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Clinical trials of la potion infinie

It’s been our focus for the last 3 years to study the effects of our patented formula on skin health. In 2019, we conducted clinical trials of la potion infinie at the University Hospital of Toulouse in France.

This renowned training institution performed a three-fold test which recorded patient, dermatologist and bio-metrological feedback ~ meaning the results we share with you are as accurate as is scientifically possible.

In clinical trials of men and women (aged 20-75) applying la potion infinie daily at Toulouse University Hospital for 3 months, participants reported:

  • Reduced inflammation ~ 94%
  • Improved acne & blemishes ~ 72%
  • Improved fine lines & wrinkles ~ 70%
  • Improved pigmentation ~ 55%

Knowing what we now know about the skin microbiome, we have a full view of the effects of our patented formula supported by science.

The beauty of the microbiome

Microbiome science is an ongoing area of scientific discovery which is yet to be fully understood. But the beauty of the microbiome is that we can choose to nurture this exquisite, invisible universe in a way that is kind to skin.

As scientific research continues, so does our voyage of discovery…

with love,