Rapid Test for Individual Skin Bacteria
Shiseido Seeks to Improve Skincare Advice by Analysing the Skin's Bacterial Balance
Shiseido has developed a test method to quickly and easily measure varying levels and distribution of indigenous skin bacteria. While similar analyses previously took up to a month, the company says that the new technique could produce results in as little as 40 minutes. The provider explains that this allows for appropriate evaluations to be made directly in shops and their results to be used as part of a more comprehensive skincare consultation service.
Bacterial Diversity Affects Skin Health
Recent research has shown that there is a link between skin health and the type and distribution of these bacteria. Shiseido themselves also found out in previous studies of their own that indigenous bacterial diversity is low in sensitive skin and that prebiotic ingredients can improve skin texture and moisture levels. Among other things, these findings have now influenced the development of the simplified PCR test device, which was created together with two partner companies. More specifically, the process involves measuring the bacterial species Staphylococcus epidermidis and propionibacterium acnes.
Skin Care to Become More Personalised
Shiseido is working on a skincare concept that views the skin as an ecosystem of skin cells and microbes. The company also states that it wants to further expand the services offered by its beauty consultants so they will be able to provide individually tailored skincare solutions. Shiseido also intends to continue developing its measurement and analysis technologies in order to develop a deeper understanding of the skin and the influences on it, making this available to consumers in the form of personalised offers.
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