Probiotics: Skincare's hot new thing
When you hear the word 'probiotics' what do you think of? For most of us it's either yoghurt or those tiny bottles of drink you're supposed to drink before you leave the house in the morning. Skincare is less of a consideration, but actually probiotics in beauty looks set to become the next big things.
The benefits of taking these kind of supplements are well known; as we have good and bad bacteria in our gut, they help maintain the equilibrium, fight inflammation and get rid of toxins which can make us feel ill. This means that when the balance is right, our digestion will work well, we won't have any bloating and we'll generally feel in tip top health.
What's less well known is that probiotics can also have a dramatic effect on the skin, which also has good and bad bacteria on it. When the balance is wrong here it can lead to conditions like eczema and rosacea, while getting it right packs a powerful anti-ageing punch as the probiotics encourage the skin to heal itself from the inside out.
On top of this, the impact they have on the gut is also good for the face. That's because when digestion is struggling molecules that are supposed to remain in the gut sometimes escape and make their way into the bloodstream, causing your body to become inflamed - which always shows on the skin. The result should be skin which looks calmer and more balanced.
Obviously your skin will benefit from a change in diet, but topically-applied probiotics will also have an impact. This is why skincare which contains the ingredients could become a staple in your bathroom cabinet. At the moment the products don't contain live cultures as there hasn't been any research claiming these have an impact in creams, but it's possible that as time goes on studies will begin to test whether certain bacteria strains could be used to target specific skin conditions.
So one option for anyone wanting to get stuck in at the moment is to knock up a mask using live yoghurt, but if you fancy something a little more upmarket give one of these options a try.
Super Facialist by Una Brennan Probiotic range
Any skin type can use this, but those with sensitised, over-treated or damaged skin will really benefit. It will help renew and repair the face by rebalancing it and there is a micellar water, day and night cream.
Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15 with Probiotic Technology
This is designed to calm redness - the clue is in the name - while the probiotics in it will strengthen the skin so it's more resilient to external aggressors. There is a whole range which contains the same technology.
Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser
A lovely calming product which is designed to clean skin without stripping away the oils it needs for moisturising. There is also tea tree oil in it, so it's good for people who suffer from blemishes.
Burts Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream
This nourishing cream is for people who are battling dryness and dehydration. It will improve your skin's ability to hold on to hydration and helps with fine lines too.