Just like your gut, your skin needs little goggas to thrive

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Just like your gut, your skin needs little goggas to thrive

SA’s award-winning biotech skincare brand Esse uses bacteria to bring your complexion back to life

Gary Cotterell

If you find yourself on the Dolphin Coast, set aside time for some life-changing self-indulgence at the Koop-designed (http://koopdesign.co.za) Esse Concept Store (http://esseskincare.com) and spa in Ballito. In fact, after my recent 60-minute Bespoke Treatment in the gentle hands of manager-therapist Anke Smit, I’d say book a special flight to King Shaka International.

Esse is the award-winning SA biotech skincare range established in 2002 by organic chemist Trevor Steyn on his farm in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal. It is the first certified organic brand in SA, with fair-trade, vegan and carbon-neutral credentials. Community-based farmers supply ingredients such as Cape chamomile, ximenia berry and neroli. In 2015 Steyn and his team became the first in the world to introduce a live probiotic product.

When the first results of the human microbiome research were published in 2010, Steyn reformulated his products to account for the skin microbiome, which is critical for skin health. “We have co-evolved with our microbes over the last two million years or so, and we kind of need each other now. But we have been treating them very badly,” Steyn explains...

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