The use of probiotics in skincare is a relatively concept to many people and while most of us understand how probiotics can work to aid digestion and help balance out our internal microbiome (majority made up of bacteria), a lot of people are still in the dark when it comes to how probiotics actually work in skincare products.
Let’s start with the basics, what are Probiotics?
Probiotics are referred to as live active microorganisms or bacteria. These include various bacteria strains such as Bifidobacterium & Lactobacillus, which are uniquely helpful bacteria that occur naturally.
We all know the undisputed health benefits of eating foods that contain probiotics, such as yogurt, kefir, and kimchi, or by taking probiotic supplements. Probiotics help restore the natural balance of bacteria.
So how do they work in skincare?
Both good and bad bacteria live on our skin, and we know there are more bacteria in us and on us than our own human cells. Although the top layers of our skin are dead, there is still a lot of bacteria (microflora) on the surface. It’s easy to see if this bacteria is being disrupted then skin problems such as acne, redness, itching, dry patches and other inflammations and irritations can occur.
Probiotics can help to keep and restore the natural balance of the skin's microflora.
Formulated in skincare products, probiotics aid the skin to naturally produce more ceramides, which can protect the skin from environmental stressors, in addition probiotics increase the skin’s ability to stay hydrated by encouraging the production of hyaluronic acid and peptides and increase collagen production to improve texture therefore leading to a glowing and radiant complexion.
When our skin’s microflora is in good balance, you can visibly see results and the benefits can include:
- Restoring a healthy pH Balance to the skin
- Improved ability to stay hydrated
- Strengthening the skin’s surface against environmental damage
- Strengthening the skin’s surface against ingredients in everyday skincare products, where previously they may have caused irritation, redness and blotching
Stress, environmental aggressors, poor diet and lack of sleep can all lead to skin conditions such as redness, dryness, itchy skin and breakouts, probiotics can help strengthen the skin’s surface against these aggressors therefore reducing these skin conditions.
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