Probiotics- The New Hero In Skin Care

Probiotics- The New Hero In Skin Care

Everybody talks about probiotics, but do you really know what they are? Are they something new that we need to introduce into our diet or daily regimen? Your body is actually more accustomed to them than you know.

Probiotics are the naturally occurring “good” bacteria that live in our bodies and on our skin. They play a significant role in our overall wellness. Your intestinal tract, for instance, hosts over 100 trillion friendly bacteria that aid in digestion, boosting your immune system, and consuming bad bacteria. Probiotics manufacture key nutrients your body needs to function properly and limits the growth of unhealthy bacteria. 

ORAL PROBIOTICS

Before we address the benefits of putting probiotics in skincare products, let’s start with an example of a type of probiotic that everyone has likely heard of. Sold as daily supplements containing Lactobacilli or in yogurts containing live cultures, probiotics have shown the capability to positively impact skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and acne. They affect what people call the “gut-brain-skin axis”. This is a theory that stress or stress combined with processed foods (think junk food) that lack fiber can slow your digestion. This then changes the balance of the bacteria that live in your gut to unhealthy bacteria. Eventually, your gut lining will become leaky and toxins then get released into your bloodstream, which causes inflammation throughout the body.

If you are predisposed to acne or rosacea, you can experience flare-ups when this happens. Doctors have found that managing stress and fixing your diet, in combination with introducing healthy bacteria into your system, in the form of probiotics, is a great way to create a healthy barrier that prevents this inflammation and flare-up that causes your acne or rosacea.

PUTTING PROBIOTICS IN SKINCARE PRODUCTS

Probiotics in skincare work in a slightly different manner. Cosmetics manufacturers have started using probiotics in their products based on the benefits scientists and doctors have found they bring to your well being. Probiotic masks, creams, facial cleansers, and many more products are now hitting the market. Here are some ways these can benefit your skin:

  • They Give You A Protective Shield

Numerous studies have shown that a growing number of pathogens are becoming immune to the anti-bacterial soaps, creams, and cleansers we put on our body, much the same way they are becoming immune to many of the antibiotics that doctors prescribe us when we are ill. Probiotic skincare products have “good bacteria” in them that feed off of any bad bacteria that may have come into contact with your skin. This gives your skin a long-lasting protective shield.

  • Probiotics Can Have A Calming Effect

When certain types of probiotics are placed in contact with your skin, they calm the parts of your skin cells that may want to react to the presence of bad bacteria that they see as a threat. These healthy signals produced by the probiotics stop the skin cells from sending “attack” messages to your immune system that result in flare-ups of acne or rosacea. This in turn helps seal in moisture, keeping your skin fresh and healthy.

  • Probiotics Help Promote Antiaging

The use of probiotics to protect skin from the effects of aging is an exciting new area that shows great promise. Preliminary work has shown there’s some evidence that probiotics may help to build collagen, the main protein in skin that affects its texture and tone. Increased numbers of good bacteria may also help to hydrate aging skin, reduce sun damage and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Can We Clean With Probiotics Instead Of Chemicals?

Can We Clean With Probiotics Instead Of Chemicals?

Chemical pollution is a very complex problem facing our world today. Cleaning products are a big culprit in this issue. As major producers of cleaning products continue to create “new and amazing” products to clean our homes and businesses, little study has actually been done to assess what the long-term effects might actually be, or how all these unique and different chemical cleaners will interact with each other on the chance they come into contact with one another.

These chemicals are everywhere. They are in our shampoo, our liquid soap, our washer detergents, and cleaning sprays. These products all rely on chemicals to kill germs and create a sterile environment. At first glance, that sounds great, right? I mean who doesn’t want something clean and sterile? The only problem with this is it’s not natural. The world is not sterile. While a sterile environment might be a necessity for something like an operating room in a hospital, killing all living things with chemicals everywhere else is actually harmful to the environment. So the question becomes how do we approach this?

Using Probiotics As A Cleaning Alternative

Probiotic cleaning products are a fantastic alternative to purposely wiping out all bacteria (good and bad). Probiotics use bacteria as the actual cleaning agent. The probiotic cleaner deploys good bacteria that will feed on pollutants and kill the harmful bacteria in your home. It’s natural and organic and most importantly it’s non-toxic and better for healthy indoor air quality, reduction of allergies and asthma.

Another advantage to using probiotic cleaners is the disposal of the cleaners themselves. Chemical cleaners we pour down bathroom sinks and laundry drains don’t just vanish into thin air. Ultimately, they end up in natural waterways, oceans, and aquatic ecosystems. This has a negative impact on the well-being of our environment. Probiotic cleaning products come from the soil, so when you pour probiotic cleaning products down the drain, you are returning them to their place of origin and not harming the environment.

Finally, you might not consider this, but our bodies absorb chemicals from cleaning agents via our airways and skin. Volatile organic compounds from chemical cleaning products evaporate into the air and make their way into the nervous system, kidneys and liver. Your skin is a sponge, and many of the harmful chemicals within cleaning products use this as a passageway into your bloodstream. 

In small doses, these things might not seem like they would impact our health or planet that much. But collectively, they do add up and make a difference. In fact, more than 32 pounds of cleaning products go down the drain in American households EVERY day. Using green cleaning products though which are biodegradable, non-toxic, and have a much lower impact on the environment after they’ve been used in our homes can help offset this and make our environment healthier for everyone.

The Benefits Of Probiotics For Your Dog

The Benefits Of Probiotics For Your Dog

Not all bacteria are created equally. While some types of bacteria can make your dog ill, other types of bacteria are actually essential for your pet’s health. Beneficial bacteria are known as probiotics. They are bacteria that naturally live in your dog’s body, helping to boost their immune system, aid in digestion, and produce certain vitamins and nutrients. 

What Are Probiotics?

Taken literally, probiotics means “life-promoting”. Probiotics are a class of bacteria that live naturally inside your animals (and you). They play a role in improving and maintaining health. Different types of probiotics have different positive effects on a dog’s body. The probiotics people give their animals are the same as the bacteria that naturally live in their digestive tracts. Some of the common ones are:

  • Bifidobacterium animalis
  • Bifidobacterium breve
  • Bifidobacterium lactis
  • Enterococcus faecium
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus casei

Each type of beneficial bacteria has a specific effect on your dog’s health.

Probiotics Can Help Your Dog’s Skin And Fur?

While we all know about probiotics as something that we (and our animals) take orally to help our digestive tracts, research has shown that using topical probiotics regularly can prove beneficial to healthier skin as well. This treatment can solve a very common skin condition in dogs. Bacterial skin infections are common. Researchers have done studies and they’ve found regularly applying “healthy bacteria” topically to a dog’s coat and skin will combat the skin infection and make their skin healthier overall.

When your dog has a bacterial skin infection, it triggers their immune system to jump into gear by reacting with an itchy, red, bumpy skin rash. Your dog will undoubtedly scratch and bite at this area, making it further inflamed and exacerbating the situation. When you apply probiotics topically to these areas, the healthy bacteria in the probiotics help subdue the rash by blocking skin cells from realizing the bad bacteria. When the skin doesn’t know about the issue, it doesn’t react in a detrimental way. Additionally, probiotics have a lasting effect on your dog’s skin that helps kill the bad bacteria and keep them away. Over time your dog’s skin will become stronger in dealing with bacterial infections and their sensitivity to outbreaks will not be as severe.

Probiotic pet shampoos and pet sprays are great for combating bacterial skin infections in dogs quickly and efficiently. The shampoos are great as part of a regular maintenance plan for your dog. The spray is a great follow up in the case of occasional unexpected flare-ups. It will help you quickly and effectively get your dog comfortable again.

One of the often-overlooked benefits of using topical probiotics is actually a benefit for you and others that live in the house with your dog. Regular dog shampoos use perfumes to cover the smell of a dog’s coat. While this temporarily works, it isn’t helping your dog actually get clean. It’s just masking odors. Probiotic shampoos and sprays on the other hand actually get to the source of the odors, neutralizing them and truly making them go away.