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Skin II

Invisible to the naked eye, our bodies play host to millions of microorganisms.
Optimal skin conditions depend on the probiotic bacteria or microbes that live
on our bodies. Our skin’s biome is shaped by our natural environment, and what we
put on and next to our skin has a direct impact on our bodies. Cosmetic products
and fabric finishes on clothing can contain toxic chemicals, which disrupt the diversity
of bacteria living on our skin.

‘Skin II’, in collaboration with microbiologist Dr. Callewaert, explores the benefits of
encapsulating probiotic bacteria into the fibres of clothing. These are activated when
they come into contact with the moisture on our skin, allowing them to dominate other
less beneficial bacteria. For optimal results, the probiotics are strategically placed in
key areas where you would normally sweat. The encapsulated bacteria are associated
with reduced body odour, encouraging cell renewal, and improving the skin’s immune
system. This project not only replaces the need for chemical fabric finishes, but also
reduces the need to wash your clothes as frequently. Skin II’ aims to use what is natural
on our bodies to advance the performance of clothing.