Why You Need Probiotics in Your Skincare Routine
They’re not just for your gut.
Published Jul 16, 2017 7:30 AM
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Pollution! Stress! Hormones! Lack of sleep! Sunlight! (Aka – daily occurrences from being a human.) They all break down your skin’s elasticity and ability to repair itself. I bet you knew this. But did you know the same thing you take to protect your gut—probiotics—can also be used to protect your skin?
But how could this even work, you ask?
We consulted Jenefer Palmer, founder of OSEA, an incredible Malibu-based natural and non-toxic skincare line, who just launched a Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish with active vegan probiotics. “Probiotics protect the skin’s microbiome so you glow—naturally,” says Palmer. “They provide your skin with healthy flora to help balance blemishes and redness. Even better, probiotics improve absorption of the active ingredients in products to nourish your skin.”
Well then, that sounds impressive. Let me get this straight: Probiotics applied topically can actually activate the repair process, calm immune triggers, while simultaneously boosting skin’s natural repair process? Uh, sold!
A brand solely dedicated to probiotic skincare is British-based Aurelia Probiotics. Founder Claire Vero says, “We pride ourselves on being probiotic skincare pioneers. We use a non-live probiotic from bifido bacteria in the form of a glycoprotein (a molecule which helps cell-to-cell communication), which we then combined with a milk peptide to protect and restore your skin from within.”
Wow, that sounds incredibly en-lightening (skincare jokes!). If your interest is piqued, allow us to introduce a few other products on the market and their pro(biotic)s.
The aforementioned Osea Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish mixes Vitamin C with vegan probiotics because, as Palmer says: “Vitamin C is nature’s most powerful antioxidant. It truly has a brightening effect on the skin. Pairing these two superfoods together allows for greater absorption of skin brightening Vitamin C, which equals more powerful results!”
Aurelia Probiotics has tons of probiotic superstars, but the Miracle Cleanser is magical with, as they describe: “Probiotic and peptide technologies with BioOrganic plant and flower essences to hydrate and soothe dull and dehydrated skin promoting a luminous, dewy, radiant glow whilst helping to prevent skin aging.”
Beloved natural brand Mother Dirt takes the concept even further with their epic AO+ Mist, which is focused on restoring and maintaining good bacteria on the skin by rebalancing skin and reducing dependency on harsh cleansing products.
TULA was founded by gastroenterologist Dr. Roshini Raj and it’s brilliant. The Hydrating Day & Night Cream is especially notable, combining active probiotic strains with rice nutri-peptides for glowing skin—inside and out.
Pacifica created a wallet-friendly Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream that utilizes vegan probiotics with coconut water to moisturize on a deep cellular level.
Focused on probiotics that significantly reduce redness and rosacea, Biossance’s Squalance + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer is a must-try for reactionary skin.