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Episode 13: Is Your Deodorant Killing Your Microbiome?

Never before in the history of humans have we had more personal care products. Deodorants, face washes, cleansers, shampoos, toners, serums…the list goes on and on. And yet, there’s a case to be made that our skin has never been unhealthier. What gives?

On today’s episode, MotherDirt president, Jasmina Aganovic, is on the show talking about how our modern day lives and products have virtually pushed certain strains of bacteria into extinction — and how our bodies are struggling to rebound without them.

Andrea digs into the archives of listener questions and asks Jasmina whether deodorant hurts or helps the microbiome and what ingredients are microbial death knells.

This is a fascinating episode on how our super clean, ultra-squeaky, anti-bacterial lives may be doing more harm than good. Andrea also tested out MotherDirt products for the last month and reported on her results on our Facebook page.

Head to our Facebook videos to hear what she had to say.

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On this show, you’ll learn:

  • Jasmina’s entry into the world of the microbiome (2:16)
  • The concept behind MotherDirt (3:43)
  • What the MotherDirt bacteria does (5:08)
  • How “expensive” skin care may be making things worse (8:20)
  • How does deodorant affect the microbiome on our skin? (10:28)
  • The changes brought on by the MotherDirt Spray (17:21)
  • How to use the mist (20:30)
  • What products won’t wash away the helpful bacteria (22:46)
  • Jasmina’s skin suggestions (27:26)

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