What exactly are probiotics?
• Probiotics are live ‘good’ bacteria and yeasts found in yoghurts, fermented foods and supplements, which are vital for the overall health of our digestive system. • In skincare, topical probiotic products are being recognised by dermatologists for their calming, protective effects on the skin, harnessing a surge of good bacteria to help healthy skin cells flourish. WHAT ARE THE BEAUTY BENEFITS OF PROBIOTICS? • Probiotics are promoted for sensitive skin — they are said to have the ability to rebuild and strengthen the skin’s barrier. • Probiotic topical skincare is said to boost the skin’s natural defence IRISH INDEPENDENT
21 October 2017 against free radicals from pollution and act as a protective ‘apron’ against environmental aggressors. • Studies have found that products containing lactobacillus (a type of bacteria usually found in yoghurt) can be effective in treating acne. • Probiotics can improve skin hydration by helping the skin produce lipids and ceramides. • Probiotics create anti-microbial peptides, which can help get rid of ‘bad’ bacteria (bacteria that can cause illness) on our skin. • Probiotics are said to calm skin redness and inflammation.