By now we are all fully (if not painfully) aware of the importance of gut health and how beneficial including probiotics in our diet really is, that’s a given. And we may have mentioned this once or twice before, BUT not only does a healthy microbiome fuel a healthy immune system, it is also a precursor to glowing, selfie-ready skin. Lately, we’ve started to up our probiotic game because the bacteria that we know and love has taken up residence in a different part of our wellness routine — our skincare regime. Probiotic skincare? Yes, in case you haven’t heard, it’s a thing.
It makes perfect sense. Just like the gut, the skin has its own microbiome with a host of both good and bad bacteria. If skin health is up to par, then the bacteria does its job and we don’t think much about it. But when things get out of whack (i.e. the skin’s protective barrier is compromised), the proverbial door is open to a plethora of skin issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis — and that is just the start.
According to Dr. David Lortscher, founder of the skincare brand Curology, probiotic skincare certainly has its merits. “The condition of your skin microbiome is influenced by pH, sebum content, barrier function and hydration, in addition to outside factors such as geographic location and the use of antibiotics or cosmetics. Studies have shown that alterations to the ideal condition of your skin microbiome and microflora play a significant role in conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and skin cancer.”
“Acidifying the skin discourages the growth of pathogens, thereby reducing the presence of harmful bacteria growing on your skin and helping maintain the ideal skin microbiome. Topical probiotics have also been evaluated for treating sensitive and dry skin and have been found to increase ceramide levels and overall skin hydration, making your outer layer of skin more resistant to external damage.”
Before you toss out all of your favorite products and make the switch to a completely probiotic-based skincare routine, there are a few things to consider. Remember, we aren’t trying to kill the bad bacteria, it’s about finding balance. So if you have dry skin, look for a product that stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid and promotes hydration. If dullness is an issue, look for probiotic exfoliating pads or a product that also contains lactic acid. And like any products, some are going to be better for your skin than others. Perhaps try a probiotic cleanser first to see how your skin reacts and then up your game from there. Unlike treatments and lotions, you rinse the cleanser off so slightly less chance of a reaction — at least in our experience.
Now that you have the facts, let’s get to the best part — products, products, products.
Tula, Purifying Face Cleanser
The probiotic face wash we hinted at above? This is the one. It deep cleans (no need for a separate makeup or eye makeup remover), hydrates, acts as an anti-inflammatory and contains, among other amazing ingredients, lactic acid so it gently exfoliates with every wash. Particularly great for anyone with dry skin (yay!).
Glowbiotics, Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil
This product does it all: evens skin tone, stimulates cell renewal, optimizes skin’s natural immune function, hydrates, softens, soothes and even contains a reflective mineral complex that leaves the skin glowing (literally). Mix with your foundation or tinted moisturizer for maximum radiance!
Beauty Chef, Beauty Fix Balm
Love an all-in-one product? Us too. Works on skin, lips, crow’s feet, dry cuticles, elbows… There isn’t much it won’t fix. It’s rich in bio-activated coconut oil and fatty acids so it encourages cell repair and works to restore the skin’s all-important lipid layer. We love to dab it on the cheek bones for a dewy finish.
Biossance, Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
Vitamin C is a miracles worker when it comes to brightening the skin (bye-bye dullness and uneven skin tone) and there are few oils on this planet more luxurious than rose oil. When it comes to hydration, squalane is Biossance’s signature plant-derived ingredient, and a game changer when it comes to locking in moisture.
Marie Veronique, Pure + E.O Free Oil Cleanser
An oil cleanser may sound counterintuitive, but for sensitive, irritated or super dry skin it is a life saver. A combination of omega-6 oils decongests pores, thinning sebum and allows natural oils to flow to the surface and moisturize the skin. This probiotic-rich, essential oil-free cleanser also works as a makeup remover.
Have you tried probiotic skincare before? What did it do for your skin? Please tell us all about it in the comments below!