Chances are, you’ve probably heard of probiotics – traditionally taken in capsule form to maintain a healthy gut, they’ve become a bit of a buzzword recently because they’ve entered the beauty world in an all-new way. Probiotics are known for their ability to balance and calm your digestive system, but when applied topically they’re also proven to work their magic on your skin – and the best thing is, they work for any and every skin type and concern.
That’s right, we’re calling out probiotic skincare as a trend to watch in 2019. Here’s everything you need to know.
What are probiotics?
They’re often referred to as ‘the good bacteria’, and that’s right. The bacteria you find in probiotics are micro-organisms naturally found in your body and they provide health benefits such as aiding digestion, strengthening the immune system, and protecting against harmful bacteria.
What are the benefits of using probiotic skincare?
The defend against first signs of ageing
Probiotics improve the skin’s ability to defend against environmental stressors and free radicals that trigger loose skin, pigmentation, lines, and wrinkles.
They soothe irritated skin
By reducing inflammation, probiotics help to take down redness and calm easily-irritated skin. If you’re prone to breakouts and find they leave behind red marks, you’ll really notice a difference.
They create a natural shield
Probiotics strengthen the skin’s barrier by acting as a protective layer on the skin’s surface. This makes it hard for bacteria to get in and trigger blemishes and locks in moisture to improve hydration.
They balance your skin
Just like probiotic supplements balance your gut, they also balance your skin. This results in a complexion that isn’t too dry or too oily.
Want to introduce probiotics into your routine?
This is one of Gallinée’s bestselling products for good reason – most foam cleansers dry out and strip the skin, but thanks to its probiotic formula, this leaves skin calm, balanced, and super clean. It’s ideal for oily and acne-prone skintypes and can be used both day and night.
Gentle and creamy at first, this mask dries down (thanks to a kaolin clay base) to give skin a deep cleanse and exfoliation. Once dry, let it sit for 10 minutes before removing by gently massaging the product into skin with wet hands to get the benefits of physical exfoliation. Lactic acid lifts out deep-rooted impurities while probiotics help to strengthen skin.
Proving that probiotics aren’t just for skincare, this hair and scalp treatment gently helps to restore balance to the scalp’s microbiome. Traditional shampoos and conditioners can easily imbalance the scalp, causing itchiness, dandruff, excess oil, and even hair loss. THis blend of prebiotics, lactic acid, and fermented rice water helps to remove product buildup, replenish moisture, and strengthen hair from the root.
Probiotic moisturisers are particularly beneficial to those with rough, dry skin. This cream can be used day and night to not only hydrate skin, but also treat the angry redness and bumps that come hand-in-hand with conditions like keratosis pilaris, rosacea, and eczema.
Sounds gross, works wonders. Unlike most toners, which simply serve to refresh skin, this multipurpose solution works hard to exfoliate, purify, and soothe skin, simultaneously. It’s a strong cocktail of lactic acid, hibiscus vinegar, and prebiotics, which together help to cleanse, calm, and protect stressed skin.
The silky oil delivers a high concentration of probiotics and prebiotics which works to strengthen skin’s barrier, leaving it feeling soft and nourished. It’s boosted with the addition of an ingredient extracted from fern called polysaccharide – a prebiotic which firms and lifts skin.