But did you know that the same principle actually applies to your skin? That’s right, the newest advances in skincare are pointing to the realization that it’s just as beneficial to your skin health to apply probiotics topically as it is to your digestion to consume them.
In this article, we’ll share everything you need to know about the use of probiotics in skincare and why you should consider trying it.
What Are Probiotics?Although it may have seemed a bit strange and even gross to think about years ago, today we understand that our health is largely tied to the health status of the microbiome, a colony of microorganisms (mostly bacteria) living in and on our bodies. Yes, having too much bad bacteria in your body can lead to health issues like infections, but we now know that having too few good bacteria can also damage your health, causing issues like IBS, diabetes, sleep problems, and even autoimmune diseases, just to name a few.
So to help keep your microbiome healthy, balanced, and thriving, doctors recommend consuming probiotics, a type of live microorganism that provides health benefits by helping improve or restore the flora in your body. These can usually be found in fermented foods and drinks such as yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, pickles, and kombucha, although you can also take them as a supplement in pill form.
What Is the Role of Probiotics in Skincare?So what does this all have to do with your skin? Well, there isn’t only a microbiome in your gut; there’s also one all over your skin, and it’s just as crucial to the health of your skin as the one in your digestive system is to your internal health. When your skin microbiome is out of balance, you might experience issues like acne, dryness, itchiness, and even skin illnesses like eczema. In contrast, if your skin microbiome is healthy, your skin will look fresh, young, and glowing.
So, just the same way that you can eat probiotics to help keep your gut microbiome healthy, you can also apply probiotic skincare products that feature live cultures of good bacteria topically to maintain a balanced skin microbiome and, as a result, healthy, beautiful skin. Exactly the same way that edible and drinkable probiotics work to restore the natural balance of bacteria in your gut, probiotic skincare is believed to restore the natural balance of bacteria on your skin.
Benefits of Probiotics for the SkinBecause they help restore your skin’s natural, healthiest state, probiotics can offer a wide variety of advantages to the skin. Some of the benefits of probiotics in skincare include to:
- Reduce skin inflammation
- Reduce chronic skin irritation
- Calm dry, flaky skin
- Alleviate acne outbreaks
- Improve the skin barrier
- Protect against damage from irritants in the environment
- Help Prevent premature aging
- Make the skin more resistant to sun exposure
- Reduce the appearance of scars, marks, and discoloration
Probiotic Skincare ProductsThe use of probiotics in skincare is a relatively new development, growing in popularity now as people begin to understand just how effective it is. The newest addition to our natural clean skincare line is our Plant Stem Cell Repair Cream, featuring both probiotics and prebiotics to help balance, nourish and repair skin. With a focus on plant-based skin nutrition, this hand-crafted cream restores skin tone, smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and restores and repairs skin balance. No matter your skin type, you can use it morning and night for optimal results.
Check out our Plant Stem Cell Repair Cream and see the benefits of skin probiotics firsthand.