What ex­actly are pro­bi­otics?

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

• 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.

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