So many of us associate the word bacteria with nasties that we don't want anywhere near our body, but if you've ever taken Probiotic supplements then you'll know there's such a thing as good and bad bacteria. Probiotics can help to deliver that good bacteria to our body, but did you know that they can actually be really beneficial for our skin too? Many mainstream skin care products are designed to get rid of all bacteria altogether, which can sometimes throw our skin's natural functions out of balance, so using Probiotic-packed, natural skin care can help to restore that good bacteria and other important nutrients to the skin.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live cultures that are actually living in our body and help with our overall health, particularly the function of our digestive system. In skin care, Probiotics help to deliver good bacteria and nutrients to our skin to help balance and brighten the complexion. Probiotics can be digested too, and are a really key element for keeping our gut health in check. Gut health can have a huge impact on the appearance of our skin too, so it's important to care for your skin from the inside out as well as topically. I've written a whole post all about how your gut can affect your skin and you can read it here!
What are the benefits of Probiotics in skin care?
In natural skin care products, Probiotics help to deliver the good bacteria to our skin. This good bacteria can help to restore the natural balance of your skin, ensuring it functions the way it should and is replenished with the nutrients it needs in order to stay protected from the elements and fight the signs of ageing and environmental damage. Probiotics are also a really effective anti-inflammatory, which makes them great for helping to soothe redness, irritation and skin conditions including acne, rosacea and dry skin.
Natural probiotic skin care products
Acure Sensitive Facial Cream
The Acure Sensitive Facial Cream is a great option for anyone with particularly sensitive skin as it's fragrance free and doesn't contain any irritants. The probiotics in this moisturiser are combined with Sunflower Amino Acids and soothing Chamomile to supercharge their anti-inflammatory powers, making it a real winner for those suffering from rosacea or easily irritated skin.
Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream
If you're wanting to brighten your complexion, I can't recommend the Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream highly enough. In this cream, the probiotics may help to stimulate cell renewal for an overall brighter and more even skin tone, while Manuka Honey and Vitamin C work to erase pigmentation and dark spots.
Andalou Naturals Get Started Kit Clear Skin
A great option for anyone wanting to try a full routine of natural Probiotic skin care products is the Andalou Naturals Get Started Kit. The kit contains a travel sized Cleansing Gel, Toner, Exfoliating Mask, Oil-Free Moisturiser and Recovery Cream, all packed with soothing Probiotics, such as Kombucha Enzymes, so you can test out a complete routine of Probiotic skin care.
Acure Radical Resurfacing Treatment
Designed especially to target pigmentation, theAcure Radical Resurfacing Treatment] contains naturally brightening ingredients including plant stem cells, Lemon Probiotic, CoQ10 and Organic Chlorella Extract which may help reduce the appearance of facial pigmentation, sun spots and blotchiness. Gluten Free and Vegan, this unique serum formula is suitable for all skin types, and can be used under your usual facial moisturiser to help even skin tone and brighten the complexion. In a clinical study, 85% of test subjects said that their skin tone looked more even after use, and pigmentation imperfections had decreased after 28 days of use.
The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner is one of my all time favourite products for targeting everything from acne to ageing. This product is a liquid exfoliant, so rather than a scrub it's a liquid that you apply with a cotton pad, and it relies on Probiotics and Lactic Acid which may help to break down old skin cells, fill out any fine lines and refine the surface of the skin for a smoother and younger looking complexion.
Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
A gentle and nourishing daily cleanser for dry or sensitive skin, the Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk contains a fruit stem cell complex and Probiotic Microflora in a base of deeply hydrating Aloe Vera, Sunflower Seed Oil and Apricot Oil to restore and replenish the complexion while removing build-up, grime and impurities. Calming and soothing, this non-irritating, anti-inflammatory cleansing milk can be gently massaged into damp skin which may help stimulate circulation and encourage skin cell regeneration, leaving the skin soft, smooth and moisturised.
Salt & Glow Skin Mist Rose & Cactus Toner
For toning the skin, try the Salt & Glow Skin Mist Rose & Cactus Toner. This toner combines the skin-protecting properties of Probiotics and Fermented Papaya with Bulgarian Rose Hydrosol, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Pomegranate Seeds, Kakadu Plum and Sea Buckthorn to hydrate the skin as well as keep its natural barrier in tact. Refreshing and antioxidant rich, it may help to keep skin plump and healthy as well as tighten pores and encourage better moisture retention.