When it comes to healthy, glowing skin, what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your skin! So often we search for a skincare solution in topical products, that we can easily forget the impact diet has on our complexion. The Beauty Chef has a skincare philosophy that "beauty begins in the belly". Their highly nutritional products contain bio fermented probiotics which are designed to balance gut health and boost skin's radiance. Two of my favourite products from The Beauty Chef are their Glow Inner Beauty Powder and Collagen Inner Beauty Boost. Paired together, these two may help to address skin's firmness, improve collagen production and rejuvenate damaged skin. To find out more about why everyone needs to have an inner beauty routine, I caught up with The Beauty Chef to learn more.
Why do we need to look at inner beauty health?
"At The Beauty Chef, we believe that beauty begins in the belly, and good skin comes from having a healthy, balanced gut. By fermenting superfoods known to benefit the skin in our Inner Beauty Powders, we naturally bio-active the nutrients in the ingredients, so they are more available for the body to use. Our skin, hair and nails are the last places to receive nutrients that go to more important organs first, so lacto-fermented food provides your body and skin with easily digested nutrient dense food. By lacto-fermenting whole foods, you also create broad spectrum probiotics, which brings many health and skin benefits by helping to balance digestive health."
Which product do you recommend to promote glowing skin?
"Our Glow Inner Beauty Powder is an antioxidant packed multivitamin, prebiotic and probiotic in one, which helps to balance gut health on the inside, to promote glowing skin on the outside. Paired with Inner Beauty Boosts - Antioxidant, Collagen and Hydration –They are fermented, probiotic concentrates that offer targeted nutritional support for specific skin concerns, and women are achieving great results with these products as well."
Why are probiotics so important for our health?
"There are many studies to support the link between gut health, probiotics and skin health. For example, studies show that a lack of hydrochloric acid in the gut may contribute to rosacea and acne. What increases levels of this acid is lactic acid bacteria, which is found in lacto-fermented foods. Studies are also showing a link between gut inflammation and skin inflammation, as well as the gut influencing the fatty acid profile of the skin. So how moisturised and hydrated your skin is may be a direct result of your gut health, which is very important for people suffering from dermatitis, premature aged skin and eczema."
How can probiotics balance gut flora?
"One of the best ways to help balance gut flora is to take probiotics - beneficial bacteria that help to keep your gut in good health. This is why, at The Beauty Chef, we believe beauty begins in your belly. Our gut is where 70% of our immune system likes, where we metabolise hormones, make nutrients that contribute to collagen formation, make anti-oxidants, make detoxifying enzymes, neutralise pathogens – and all of these things can profoundly affect the skin. We are made up of more bacteria than cells, so the nature of that bacteria is going to be very important for the state of our skin and overall health - it is the fabric we are made of. This is why, at The Beauty Chef, fermented foods and probiotics are key to our products. For example, our Inner Beauty Boosts - Antioxidant, Hydration and Collagen – contain a minimum of six billion digestive balancing probiotics in every serve."
Why do we need to support collagen synthesis?
"In order to have younger looking skin we need to support collagen synthesis. Our skin is made of connective tissue with the two most abundant being collagen and keratin. As we age there is a breakdown in collagen and elastin which causes the skin to become wrinkled and sagging."
Which products are best for supporting collagen synthesis?
"The Beauty Chef's GLOW Inner Beauty Powder supports collagen health as does our COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost - rich in vitamin c and antioxidant rich bio- fermented super berries. Vitamin C and zinc support collagen synthesis as well as ellagic acid found in berries and grape seed extract that helps prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Each serve contains a minimum of 6 billion probiotics as measured by NKCA. Supporting gut health helps minimise collagen degradation and promote collagen synthesis."