We have all heard of probiotics when it comes to our digestive systems. The friendly bacteria that helps to balance our guts and promote healthy digestion. But now there’s a new use for probiotics, and it’s not what you think.
A number of skincare experts have manufactured a range of products that contain probiotics. So what do they know that we don’t about adding good bacteria to help with skin problems?
Many skin ailments that affect the skin start with too much bacteria on the skin’s surface, so adding more seems counterintuitive.
Skin experts say that using a different type of bacteria could help to solve a number of problems, including rosacea and acne. As probiotics help to stabilise the digestive system, so they can help to balance the skin.
But why does our skin get out of balance in the first place? The first thing to remember is that our skin is an organ, and can be affected by environmental factors such as pollution, the sun and stress. It can also be affected by internal factors such as hormones and our diet.
When our skin is unbalanced it causes flare-ups and inflammation occurs, and this is when you get spots, redness associated with rosacea, and dryness.
By adding probiotic ingredients to skincare products you are redressing the imbalance and promoting skin’s natural ability to repair itself.
There are many probiotic skincare products, from cleansers, toners, moisturisers, and serums.
Here are our favourites:
GOOD FOR DRY & MATURE SKIN
Some cleansers leave the skin feeling taut and dry after application, not this one from Oskia. A rich balm that contains probiotics in a creamy cleanser that gently cleans the skin whilst adding moisture and restoring natural skin acids and emollients.
GOOD FOR AGEING SKIN
If you are worried about ageing skin but do not want to use artificial ingredients then this product from Elizabeth Arden might take your fancy. It combines probiotics which help to boost the skin’s microflora to strengthen its natural defences, various mineral extracts that fortify the skin’s natural ability to repair and renew. Use it under a serum or moisturize for best results.
GOOD FOR ACNE & SPOT BREAKOUTS
For those who still suffer from acne in their adult years, this blemish reducer is a must-buy as it tackles breakouts and the signs of ageing at the same time. It combines the probiotic-rich Kombucha with Salicylic Acid, known to reduce acne, to help clear spots and hydrate the skin.
GOOD FOR EXTREMELY DRY SKIN
This is a very easy product to use, you simply apply at night and let it work its magic while you sleep. Contains Kalahari and Mongongo Oils that work to regenerate and strengthen skin, and antioxidant Hibiscus with Omegas 3, 6 and 9, that help to stop free radical damage and environmental pollutants. The probiotics combat dryness and add a luminous appearance.
GOOD FOR CITY-LIVING
If you spend your life in the city and are prone to pollution on a daily basis, treat yourself to this purifying mask that targets the grime and dirt associated with cities. A potent mask containing powerful probiotics that cleanses deeply and boosts the skin’s defences.