Words by Kylie McDaneld
April 17th, 2019
By now, we’re all aware of the importance and benefits of probiotics when it comes to digestive health, but what about skincare health? Without delving too deep into the complicated science behind why probiotic skincare works, here is a basic overview of how it works: just like the gut, the skin is home to a complex microbiome, or collection of healthy bacteria, which plays an important role in skin health. Probiotics, also known as “good” bacteria, are microorganisms that help to keep this microbiome in balance which can so easily find itself off-kilter due to poor diet, harsh skincare products and environmental stress.
Probiotics first made their mainstream debut after kombucha — a fermented health drink rich in probiotics that is said to assist in digestion, reduce inflammation and even promote weight loss — became popular in the health community. Since then, probiotic foods and supplements have begun to gain recognition in the beauty community for their proposed helpful skin benefits. Everyone needs probiotics, the good bacteria in your body, to help absorb nutrients from food, but recently there have been studies that show probiotics can help treat a multitude of skin issues too.
Introducing probiotic skincare into your life can assist your personal microbiome in tackling inflammatory issues such as eczema, acne, and even psoriasis. Probiotics can also help strengthen your skin’s natural immune function while also offering some protection against environmental stressors such as pollution, UV light from the sun, irritants, and allergens.
Algenist’s ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask is a fantastic product to help combat redness, irritation and uneven complexion. This colour-changing mask is formulated with an algae-derived prebiotic and a probiotic to target the unwanted effects of unbalanced surface skin bacteria. PREbiotics are the food that PRObiotics thrive on in order to work at peak efficiency.
This mask is also paired with naturally sourced alguronic acid to help hydrate the skin for an even, clarified and radiant look that leaves skin more resistant to pollution and the appearance of lifestyle ageing.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare practically created the demand for probiotic skincare, so it’s no surprise that their Probiotic Concentrate serum is a miracle worker for a large number of common skin issues. The Probiotic Concentrate, like the rest of Aurelia’s award-winning range, is made from 100% pure bio-organic botanicals with no synthetic chemicals or parabens.
This serum is said to activate and boost the skin’s natural repair process while helping to address targeted skin concerns such as pigmentation, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, hormonal breakouts, dullness and pollution exposure. With that many benefits, this serum is an incredible addition to your daily routine to maintain your youthful, hydrated glow year-round.
Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil brings moisture and radiance to a wide array of skin types. It works alongside your skin’s natural overnight repair process to speed up and improve cellular regeneration while hydrating the skin and providing a protective barrier for your skin from harmful free radicals and pollutants throughout the day. The night oil contains Kalahari oil to provide necessary fatty acids for your skin to absorb, as well as Mongongo oil and Kigelia to restructure, regenerate, and hydrate your skin.
Not only is this product fantastic as a nightly moisturiser, it’s also composed of a fragrant blend of essential extracts, like lavender, rose, mandarin, and neroli, that relax and calm the body before sleep. Even those with very dry skin should wake up with a radiant, dewy complexion.
This award-winning moisturiser by Oskia repairs and rejuvenates dull and sluggish complexions while providing protection for the skin during the day. The Nutri-Active Day Cream has eleven active ingredients that work on improving and maintaining your skin’s luminosity down to the cellular level.
This cream is formulated with Vitamin E to protect against free radicals and enhance your cells’ natural resistance to UV exposure, Hyaluronic Acid and Omegas 3 & 6 to deliver long-lasting hydration and restore skin’s elasticity, and most importantly O3 Stressed Yeast Lysate, a probiotic, to accelerate cell regeneration and respiration. This moisturiser takes advantage of probiotics, oils and vitamins to deliver hydration without being heavy. If you’re looking for a new daily moisturiser this is a great place to start.
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