Discover why probiotics are revolutionizing skincare routines. Unearth the benefits they offer, and find out exactly what probiotics do in a skincare routine in today's SenSpa blog.
There is a new buzzword in skincare this year which is set to stay. Probiotics.
Many of us have a set skincare routine: you cleanse, tone, and moisturise diligently, but if your skin isn't showing any significant improvements, this could be down to a disruption of your skins microbiome. This is where probiotics, the new buzzword in skincare, comes to the rescue.
A skincare regimen that contains probiotics offers a ton of benefits. The number one being it's success at keeping the skin barrier functioning optimally is the key to healthy skin. A strong barrier helps keep skin hydrated, fight off irritants, and prevent bad bacteria from thriving.
So what are probiotic’s and what exactly do probiotics do for a skincare routine, you may ask? Let me demystify this question for you.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are beneficial, live bacteria and yeasts. Yes, you read that right - not all bacteria are bad! These good bacteria are naturally found in the body, particularly in the gut and on the skin, making up the skin's very own eco-system called the microbiome.
The skin microbiome is the collection of good microorganisms that live on and within your skin. The skin needs good bacteria to function properly and thrive. Too much bad bacteria can weaken and compromise the skin barrier, triggering or exacerbating all kinds of skin concerns.
What Do Probiotics Do In A Skincare Routine?
Surprisingly, similar to their substantial role internally, probiotics - when used externally - provide skin with a defensive shield. This shield plays a big role in balancing the skin's microbiome (variety of organisms, including bacteria, archaea, and fungi) and offering a fortifying defence against harmful factors.
- Anti-inflammatory Properties: Probiotics inhibit the release of inflammatory cytokines, reducing redness, swelling, and irritation. This makes them particularly beneficial for individuals with conditions like acne, psoriasis, and rosacea.
- Barrier Strengthening: Probiotics fortify the skin's barrier by promoting the production of natural moisturising factors, offering protection against harmful aggressors like pollution and sunlight.
- Anti-Aging qualities: Probiotics can stimulate the skin's production of collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Making Probiotics Work In Your Routine
You'll likely want to know ways to incorporate these beneficial bacteria into your regime. The easiest way to add probiotics to your regular skincare routine is through topical application. Probiotic-enriched products like cleansers, face masks, and moisturisers are amongst the most popular products used to deliver probiotics.
MAIN BENEFITS: Reduces internal and external inflammation, restores skin natural barrier function, and offers protection from harmful environmental threats.
WHO SHOULD USE IT: While anyone can benefit from probiotics, they will be especially helpful for those with inflammatory skin conditions like acne, eczema, or rosacea, or anyone suffering from dryness or sensitivity due to a disrupted skin barrier.
HOW OFTEN CAN YOU USE IT: It is safe to use topical probiotics daily, both morning and night.
If reducing irritation and achieving a more balanced microbiome are amongst your skin goals, then introducing a probiotic formula into your regimen could be a good move. As we start to think about moving into an autumnal skincare regime, probiotic products would be a beneficial swap - taking care of your skin's microbiome is key during colder months to help rescue weakened, stressed, and unbalanced skin.
Probiotics offer a promising pathway to skin health. At SenSpa, we offer a product collection dedicated to probiotics:
In a world continually seeking natural and health-oriented beauty solutions, probiotics have paved the way for a skincare revolution.