Who loves a skincare trend? This girl. I will pretty much try anything in the quest for better looking skin. Case in point, Probiotic Skincare. Yup, skincare that encourages the healthy balance of bacteria in the skin. Eek. It can sound super terrifying on its own, the word bacteria.
What Is Skin’s Microbiome?
The concept of having skin being dry/oily/combination/sensitive goes a little bit deeper when probiotics get thrown it. There are still skin conditions but it’s way more complicated because the skin is naturally covered in so much bacteria. A lot. The skin does have its own natural ecosystem (or microbiome) and so the concept is that products containing probiotics actually are far more beneficial to the skin when it comes to balancing.
What Is Probiotic Skincare?
Probiotic skincare is good bacteria designed for the skin. A fancier equivalent of drinking those gut-friendly bacteria drinks. It doesn’t make skin any dirtier or more prone to breakouts, for example. The good bacteria that certain skincare can provide manages to restore harmony to the skin. With any blemishes, adding probiotics into the mix means that the good bacteria can basically ‘win’ over the bad bacteria. Same with sensitive skin, probiotics can help to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. Probiotics are live bacteria whilst Prebiotics work by making sure the environment is good for said bacteria.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare
One of the most important steps in your skincare routine, in my opinion, is cleansing. Without it, skin loses so much clarity and radiance pretty much right away. Using the right cleanser means skin is free of an excess of free-radicals, makeup or pollution and the entire balance of skin is maintained. So, the microbiome is happy. Aurelia’s brand is built entirely around the inclusion of Probiotics, working beneath the skin’s surface to restore glow and reduce damage to the skin’s healthy cells that regulate collagen and elastin.
The miracle cleanser is a cream in texture and it happens to smell like a spa thanks to the inclusion of chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary and bergamot. Mmm. It works by maintaining the barrier function in the skin and by encouraging skin’s cells to repair themselves. It is a gorgeous cleanser, and I highly recommend. Fantastically rich and indulgent, making it such a treat for the senses and the skin.
Nourish Probiotic Multi-Mineral Repair Mask
I think that when it comes to probiotics, daily skincare is going to be more effective at maintaining skin’s health in the long-run but a mask is great addition to an existing routine. Nourish is a natural brand I’ve been paying attention to for the last couple of months and so their new probiotic mask launch obviously piqued my interest. The formulation is made from minerals derived from a ‘probiotic fermentation process’, with the main ingredient being magnesium. It’s a great mask to calm down skin when it’s feeling enflamed or irritated and it also has lavender so it’s lovely and soothing.
This brand is amazing. Definitely pioneers in the whole Probiotic Skincare category, as well as having the chicest French packaging. There’s an entire range, all designed around maintaining skin’s health entirely, which I’ve been testing out for past six weeks or so. Key ingredients across the whole line-up include Lactic Acid, Probiotics and Prebiotics. I would highly suggest having a good browse on their website as they explain everything that goes into their products so clearly as well.
Across the range, I’ve tried four of the products. There’s the foaming facial cleanser, which is hands down the only foaming cleanser I’ve ever tried that hasn’t left my skin feeling super stressed and parched. The texture is very soft and delicate on the skin. Not one for taking makeup off, but great to be used in the morning or as a second cleanse to leave skin harmonious. The face mask & scrub is designed to be used twice-weekly; not as gentle as the cleanser but it leaves skin noticeable smoother. Then, the youthful serum and the hydrating face cream. The serum is gorgeous, and great for all-day hydration. The cream is a little bit light in texture, so I sometimes need to double up on my dry skin. Gallinée says that the moisturiser has a light gingerbread scent, although to me it smells more like milk which might just be associating due to the lactic acid.
Hopefully I’ve convinced you of the benefits of putting bacteria onto the skin… Probiotic Skincare just makes a lot of sense to me. It follows the trend for probiotics in food (kombucha anyone?) and promoting skin’s natural health and its existing microbiome speaks to me. Especially when it comes to cleansing, so you know that your skin’s balance or PH has not been disturbed too much. What do you think… Would you try Probiotic Skincare?
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