You’ve probably heard that probiotics are good for your health – and, specifically, because they boost levels of friendly bacteria in your gut. Would you be thrilled if we said they can do the same for your face?
It looks like it might be true as probiotics are new big thing in skincare. They being hailed as a bit of a life-saver for irritated, stressed out skin - but the reason why is a bit gross though, soz.
What are probiotics, exactly?
We tend to think of bacteria as a bad thing but actually there are good AND bad bacteria in and on our bodies. Probiotics are live cultures, or microoganisms, that provide health benefits. They're a big area of research both from a gut health perspective and also skin too. In simple terms, it's all about getting a balance of good and bad bacteria to keep everything healthy.
So… bacteria on your skin is a good thing? (Ick)
Well, yes. Our skin has what’s called a microbiome sitting on top of it. It’s basically thousands of types of bacteria, hanging out and helping to keep skin healthy. Yep, we're sorry to tell you but you have tens of thousands of micro-critters living in you or on you. These natural micro-organism play a huge role in skin’s wellbeing, defending against environmental damage, regulating pH levels (v important) and keeping skin happy.
How can probiotics in skincare help?
While we’d suggest that taking probiotics as a supplement or in your diet (kefir, kimchi, yoghurts etc.) could help skin from the outside in, skincare products may help too. Probiotic-infused skincare is big news and tends to focus on boosting the skin’s barrier and minding the protective layer. If you have skin sensitivity or are prone to irritation, probiotic-boosted products can help to soothe and calm skin.
Five to try:
Elizabeth Arden’s Superstart Skin Renewal Booster is a cult buy but we do love a sheet mask so this is our pick. As well as the brand’s powerful probiotic blend it also has hyaluronic acid to hydrate.
Bringing the probiotic mojo to the highstreet, Vichy is always a good bet for skincare. The Slow Age range contatins an active formula of antioxidant baïcalin, probiotic-derived bifidus and the brand’s thermal spa water.
This gorgeous probiotic-based brand was an innovation when it started out a few years back. We’re pretty much fans of all of it but if you’re going to invest, try this gorgeous day moisturiser.
Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturiser, €64, Eminence
If you have problematic skin this multi-tasker from Hungarian brand, Eminence, has cucumber and tea tree to tackle blemishes and also has probiotics in there to soothe and exfoliate
The lazy option if you want to get some probiotic love into your life: Too Faced’s cult three-in-one spritz. It has coconut water (which has lots of antioxidants) as well as soothing probiotics to calm skin.
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