by Ashley Cameron.
Beautiful, glowing skin is intimately linked to the state of our gut microbiome.
And as we know, our bacteria play a key role in not only the state of our gut, but that of our skin, hair, nails, immunity and overall wellbeing too.
While there are a myriad of ways to take care of our gut bacteria – including eating a diet rich in nutrient-dense wholefoods and reducing our stress levels – a key way we can support our gut bacteria is by including probiotic-rich foods and supplements in our daily routine. But did you know that when applied topically, probiotics can also help to boost the health of our skin too?
What are probiotics?
Put simply, probiotics are the “good” bacteria that keep our gut microbiome happy, healthy and in balance. While there are many different species of bacteria, two of the most studied and beneficial are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium and their associated strains. You can find them in lacto-fermented foods including sauerkraut, miso and kimchi as well as yoghurts and yoghurt drinks, but be wary as these products can be loaded with sugar – which may reduce or even eliminate their benefits. Lacto-fermentation is a process that creates a broad-spectrum of healthy bacteria and this is what you’ll find in all The Beauty Chef products. Probiotic supplements are also beneficial.
The benefits of probiotic skincare
While we undoubtedly believe that beauty begins in the belly and you should implement an inner beauty routine, probiotics, when applied to the skin directly, can also contribute to healthy, radiant skin.
Our skin, like our gut, is a complex ecosystem, home to a colony of bacteria with its very own microbiome. Products like The Beauty Chef’s Probiotic Skin Refiner are designed to replenish, feed and fortify your skin’s microbiome, effectively strengthening your immune system’s first line of defence thanks to the presence of bio-fermented lactobacillus. There’s even research to show how the microbes on our skin can affect our immune system.
But aside from populating our skin’s microbiome with beneficial bacteria, our Probiotic Skin Refiner boasts other beauty benefits…
It smooths and brightens. Thanks to the presence of naturally-occurring alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s), The Beauty Chef’s Probiotic Skin Refiner, acts as a natural exfoliant, encouraging cell turnover to smooth the skin.
It fights ageing. When it comes to fighting premature ageing, AHA’s will soon become your new best friend. In fact, research has shown AHA’s to be effective in fading wrinkles, helping to ease symptoms of blemished skin, fading age-related pigmentation and encouraging collagen synthesis – essential considering our natural production of collagen slows as we age.
It hydrates. Interestingly, lactic acid also helps with hydration by balancing the skin’s natural moisture levels. It works by protecting the skin’s natural barrier, upping the skin’s own natural defences and preventing moisture loss.
Have you added probiotic skincare to your beauty routine?