I grew up as a total germaphobe. Only recently have I begun to shun my hand sanitizer, unless totally grubby and necessary.
Bacteria’s bad rap has been slowly eroding as we become increasingly aware of the power and importance of beneficial bacteria in and on our bodies. That’s why I’m eager to get my grubby-ish hands on Mother Dirt, a brand of skincare products developed specifically to foster a healthy skin microbiome. The brand’sAO+ Mist contains a certain kind of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria commonly found in dirt and untreated water that feeds off the ammonia secreted from our skin. The result is a probiotic spray that rebalances and weans the skin off of its dependence on traditional soaps, deodorants, and moisturizers. Although it isn’t cheap, I’m wondering if it’ll help with my skin issues. Personally, I can’t wait to try it. As we continue rethinking the relationship between “clean” and “healthy” skin, brands like Mother Dirt are helping us embrace the good bacteria that we’ve been washing down the drain for decades. Go good bacteria!
What do you think? Is there room for good bacteria in your world?