There are many beauty trends that come along, sound weird AF but somehow intriguing enough for you to test on your own, and then end up working like a charm (take undereye baking, for example). One skincare ingredient that is essentially everywhere right now that follows the model above is probiotics.
By definition on the ever-so-trusty WebMD, probiotics are “live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you — especially your digestive system”. Normally, everyone and their mother would cringe at the idea of putting bacteria on your face, but probiotics are actually considered a “good” bacteria (yes, that’s a real thing).
With that being said, many of our favorite beauty brands are realizing just how great probiotics can be for your skin, and they’re beginning to include the powerful, healing ingredient into their newest skincare products. According to Dr. Howard Sobel, Director of Sobel Skin Aesthetic Dermatology Center, “probiotics work with our skin’s natural bacteria to stimulate new skin cell production and build the skin’s protective barrier,” meaning they help to bring fresh, beautiful skin to the surface quicker.
Dr. Sobel mentions that probiotic skincare can do wonders for your complexion versus products without. “Regular skincare products, if not used properly, may strip the skin of its natural oils and eliminate the healthy bacteria that is essential to protecting the skin from nature’s pollutants, states Sobel, “Probiotic products help to restore what is lost to create a naturally healthy, glowing complexion.”
Aside from giving you a beautiful Jennifer Lawrence-esque, glowing complexion, this healthy bacteria has the power to help “create a barrier to reduce inflammation, which can normally trigger certain skin conditions like rosacea flares, psoriasis, eczema,” according to Dr. Whitney Bowe, leading NYC dermatologist and author of “The Beauty of Dirty Skin”. She also wants you to keep in mind “if you nourish and strengthen your body’s good ‘bugs’ and keep them healthy and happy, they will keep your skin healthy in return,” meaning probiotic skincare is really for everyone who’s ready to give it a shot.
While skincare is important, of course, it’s also mandatory to make sure you’re taking care of the rest of your body at the same time. “Probiotics alone can help to reduce acne or other skin concerns but a healthy diet is crucial”, says Dr. Sobel, “By cutting out processed foods like sugar or gluten, you can expect the benefits to kick in faster and to be more effective.” He also mentions that probiotics are naturally in foods such as kimchi, Kefir, and tempeh so you can consider eating more of those foods to really boost the number of probiotics in your system.