Why your microbiome is the next big thing in skin

Pre, pro and post-biotic extracts are increasingly appearing on the ingredient lists of new skincare formulas, so we’ve got MECCA skincare expert Lucy Shaw and Cultured founder Rob Calcraft on the podcast to tell us why.


First, Lucy gives us the lingo low-down on all things microbiome; she explains what the term ‘skin barrier’ actually means, how the probiotics in our skincare differ to those in our yoghurt, and why we should start thinking about our skin as an ‘ecosystem’.


Then, Rob – who also co-founded REN Clean Skincare – chats to Kate and Zara about his journey into (and out of, and back into) skincare following a new-found fixation on the microbiome, in what might be our most hilarious and scintillating conversation yet.


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Products mentioned in this episode:

Cultured Biome One Serum

Cultured Resilience Facial Oil

Cultured Vitality Cleansing Milk

Cultured Biome One Cleansing Balm

Juice Beauty

Gallinée Body Milk

Rose Inc Radiant Reveal Brightening Serum

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment

TULA 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream


Read more:

MECCA Meets… Rob Calcraft, founder of Cultured

Everything you need to know about the microbiome

The top 5 products from microbiome skincare brand Cultured


Hosts: Kate Blythe, Zara Wong

Guests: Lucy Shaw, Rob Calcraft

Producers: Kerri Gordon, Michael Liberale

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