Plenty of research and cultural history support the fact that both probiotics and prebiotics can help the skin look healthier and more beautiful. The concept centres around giving the good bacteria, which are the probiotics, on our skin the fuel they need to thrive. Due to factors such as pollution, excess hygiene, extreme temperature changes and antibiotics, the numbers of these can be depleted, and they need a healthier environment to grow in to allow them to protect skin against environmental threats, redness and dryness. Balancing the skin from within, probiotics calm the natural immune triggers in your skin which can be overstimulated by pollution and stress and through maintaining an equilibrium they reduce the damage these immune triggers cause to collagen, elastin and healthy cells.
Aside from topical treatments for the skin, a healthy gut will also affect your complexion too. A surplus of harmful bacteria in the gut can break down the lining and aggravate skin conditions that manifest as acne and rosacea, and it is this chronic low-level inflammation that destroys collagen and elastin tissues and leads to premature skin aging. To counter this, a healthy gut must be populated with a variety of both probiotics which are good bacteria and rebalance the gut, together with prebiotics, which feed those good bacteria. Alone, probiotics won’t survive long enough to do you or your skin any favours. You can achieve this through fermented foods like yogurt, kimchi and kombucha, which are rich in probiotics, while unripe bananas, onions, artichokes, garlic and fennel are all great sources of prebiotics, but most of us will also need help from supplements.
Feed Your Gut
Designed to survive the pH of stomach acid so they absorb efficiently, these capsules are boosted with Prebiotic Inulin to aid digestion and even out blood sugar levels, as well as feed friendly bacteria in your gut.
THE NUE CO.
Prebiotic + Probiotic capsules, £65
Elizabeth Arden’s face mask is a quick and easy solution to fresh, smooth and luminous skin. Saturated in Biocellulose and a powerful blend of probiotics, this treatment refreshes, refines and plumps while minimising pore size and boosting hydration.
Superstart Probiotic Boost Skin Renewal Biocellulose Mask, £40
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s antioxidant and Omega-rich Repair Oil will rebalance your complexion overnight. Working together with your epidermis’ natural reparative process, this cell-regenerating elixir combats signs of aging and intensively hydrates so you wake up to radiant, youthfully dewy results.
AURELIA PROBIOTIC SKINCARE
Cell Repair Night Oil, £55
Get the Glow
Extremely lightweight, this fast-absorbing day cream contains prebiotics alongside a whole host of skin smoothing actives for a softer, more hydrated complexion. Barrier-boosting niacinamide, firming peptides, softening hyaluronic acid and protective rosehip seed oil leave skin noticeably more glowy.
Nutri-Active Day Cream, £60
This innovative Smartsync moisturiser reacts to the specific needs of the skin for perfectly balanced, individualised care. Combining the lightweight, easily absorbed qualities of a gel with the rich hydration of a cream, it creates a breathable protective barrier without feeling heavy.
Smartsync Probiotic Science Balancing Gel Cream, £56
This rebalancing, refreshing facial mist is formulated with prebiotics derived from corn, yacon and beetroot as well as five probiotics too. It’s also full of antioxidants thanks to polyphenol-rich Shiso leaf, to protect as well as speedily rehydrate.
Balance Prebiotic & Probiotic Facial Mist, £48