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.
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.