Prebiotics, Probiotics and Postbiotics in Skincare

Prebiotics, Probiotics and Postbiotics in Skincare

Probiotics play a critical role in our skin health

Our bodies have millions of microbiome. Just like in the gut, when the skin’s microbiome isn’t in a healthy balance, things can get out of whack. 

Your skin is your largest organ and the microbiome is important for a range of processes. On the skin alone, there are 1000 different species of bacteria. The microbiome does things like act as a barrier for unwanted nasties. It also helps reduce inflammation. Basically, an unbalanced microbiome can lead to many skin woes. 

Know your probiotics

You’ve probably heard of probiotic supplements, but probiotics are seriously useful for the skin too. Probiotics are beneficial live microorganisms that help support and strengthen the skin. They also help to balance the microbiome and address any skin challenges.  

Prebiotics boost the power of probiotics

While you may not have heard of them, you’re likely consuming them every day. Prebiotics are plant fibres found in foods like garlic, apples, oats and bananas. 

They’re also essential for that healthy glow, because they act as a food source for friendly probiotics. Essentially, they help all that good bacteria from probiotics to thrive. They also help stop the growth of any baddies. Applying prebiotics to your skin helps probiotics to do their job. 

That means prebiotics help to: 

  • Keep the skin strong and healthy by promoting the growth of healthy bacteria

  • Address skin issues by reducing bad bacteria that can lead to acne, infections, and eczema 

  • Restore the skin to its natural balance 

  • Promote youthful-looking skin

The third frontier: postbiotics

Postbiotics might be new to you too – but they’re just as helpful – and you’re likely putting them on your skin already. Postbiotics, such as peptides, enzymes, and lactic acid, are non-live bacteria that have many roles. They’re the by-products of probiotics – and when applied to the skin, they can have huge benefits. 

Postbiotics can act like antioxidants nourishing the skin. And some have been found to be beneficial in treating a wide range of skin issues. Think of them like the third frontier that works to keep your skin healthy. 

While postbiotics in skincare are common, pairing postbiotics with probiotics makes them much more powerful – enhancing all that good bacteria. That’s why we think, why just have postbiotics when you can harness the power of all three? 

Together, prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics all work harmoniously to restore your skin's microbiome to a healthy balance. This is the key to improving sensitive skin for the long term.

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