We’ve all heard about the benefits of taking daily probiotics for a healthy gut, but what happens when we apply probiotics to our skin?
In the last few years, skincare companies have jumped onto the microbiome skincare hype, infusing skincare with good-for-the-skin bacteria that’ll help balance out your skin’s ecosystem.
Our skin consists of millions of bacteria, fungi and viruses that compose the skin microbiota, which is essential in protecting us from pathogens or acts as a regulator to inflammation. However, not all skin bacteria are created equal. For example, cutibacterium acnes is a slow-growing bacteria that’s linked to acne. Other factors such as stress and your diet can also affect the skin’s ecosystem, resulting in an imbalance in microbes. When that happens, skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea may flare up, causing the dreaded skin issues that we try to avoid.
But what does all that have to do with probiotics skincare? According to growing research data, skincare with prebiotics and probiotics are able to help your skin return to its calm, balanced state, soothing skin symptoms including eczema, rashes, rosacea, dry skin and wrinkles.
Curious to give probiotics a try? We round up the best good-for-your-skin bacteria-infused skincare below:
Allies Of Skin Prebiotics & Niacinamide Pore Refining Booster
A daily booster that can be mixed in serums, moisturisers and masks for an extra boost of nourishment, Allies Of Skin’s Prebiotics & Niacinamide Pore Refining Booster is a vegan formula packed with prebiotics, probiotics as well as other skin-loving ingredients such as centella asiatica, goji berry, pomegranate extract and chlorella. Designed to repair the roots of imperfections and dull skin, your skin will become stronger and firmer in no time.
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The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
An all-in-one exfoliator, hydrator and collagen booster, The Beauty Chef’s Probiotic Skin Refiner include lactic acid formed during Flora Culture, the brand’s own unique bio-fermentation process. Use this organic refiner after cleansing as a toner and watch signs of ageing, sun damage and pigmentation slowly fade away with consistent use.
Fresh Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence
You’ve heard of drinking kombucha—but what about using it as skincare? Fresh’s Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence is made with hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate the skin; probiotic-rich kombucha, which helps to increase the skin’s luminosity; and skin-soothing Kigelia Africana fruit extract. The essence also helps to protect your skin from any air pollution that may cause oxidative stress that may lead to premature fine lines, fragile complexion and dry skin.
Orveda The Prebiotic Emulsion
Formulated as a primer serum or as your daily moisturiser, Oreveda’s The Prebiotic Emulsion contains hyaluronic acid, bio-fermented kombucha, marine enzyme and natural prebiotics to brighten and hydrate your skin throughout the day. Fading away signs of fatigue and smoothie wrinkles and dehydration lines, this emulsion will keep your skin glowing regardless if it’s applied under makeup or worn alone.
Saturday Skin Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum
Saturday Skin’s Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum uses niacinamide to help keep breakouts at bay, while the sea buckthorn fruit extract helps to deeply nourish the skin, feeding it with vitamins and omega fatty acids. This thick serum is also formulated with other active ingredients such as cotton extract, moss extract and peptides which helps to give your skin a healthy glow.