8 probiotic skin care goodies that will give you your best skin yet
Meet the game-changing skin MVPs
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / May 08 2020
Over the past few years, the buzz around probiotics in skin care has exploded and discussions around our natural microbiome have become as standard as talk about AHAs and ceramides. Along with a surge in studies, beauty brands are beginning to take note, turning to advanced probiotic-infused formulas that will benefit your skin.
Before we get into all the best bug-laden products getting around town, it’s probably worth giving you guys a little background on what probiotics can do for your skin.
Why your microbiome is important
The truth is, your face is literally crawling with bugs; at any given moment, trillions of microscopic ‘good’ bacteria can be found chilling on your epidermis. The function of this bacteria is to protect the skin and keep it healthy (like the bacteria in your gut) by providing a natural barrier against contaminants and harmful bacteria.
“However, on occasion, this microbiome can become disrupted, which causes a shift in skin health,” explains dermal therapist Dr Giulia D’Anna from Dermal Distinction. “This disruption might be because of harsh exfoliants being used, or using soap, washing our skin too often (which is a real problem at the moment with COVID-19) or due to illness. This can result in redness, sensitivity, breakouts and other skin problems.”
The benefits of applying probiotics onto skin
So where do probiotics fit in? Well, for skin, probiotics basically work in a similar way as they do in the gut and help us maintain a ‘balanced’ state. Dr D’Anna says that probiotics basically work to replicate the microorganisms on your skin, so they can outnumber the bad bacteria and restore balance.
The best part? “All skin types can benefit from probiotic skin care products and most skin care companies offer products that are aimed at ‘normal’ skin, as well as specialised products for dry, oily and sensitive skin too,” she says.
“Some uses include the probiotics acting as a protective shield against bad bacteria, which in turn reduces inflammation, and helps to assist with management of premature ageing or skin stress, among other things,” explains Dr D’Anna. On top of that, these teeny bugs can do wonders for those who experience breakouts on the regular. “For those who have blemish-prone skin, using probiotics in skin care helps to create the perfect environment for the good bugs, swinging the balance back in your favour against P. acnes bacteria — the main offender in acne and pimples.”
Ready to protect that cute little microbiome? Let’s go!
Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Probiotic Gel-Cream
Using the probiotic-rich goodness of real Greek yoghurt, Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Probiotic Gel-Cream helps to balance your skin's microbiome, while protecting and relieving signs of stress. This ultra-hydrating whipped cream also delivers a cool soothing sensation, and is perfect for all skin types.
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster
A probiotic skin care line-up isn’t complete without one of the OG’s in the business: Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster. This luxe serum not only feels amazing on the skin, but it’s also loaded with probiotics that aim to optimise your skin’s microflora to bring it back to its healthiest state.
Dr LeWinn’s Recoverëderm Gentle Skin Protecting Toning Mist
Coming up to winter, facial mists are the bomb for giving the skin a quick hit of hydration. But this new-generation spritz from Dr LeWinn’s offers more than a simple refresh. Recoverëderm Gentle Skin Protecting Toning Mist is formulated with a unique ProRenew CLR™ Probiotic Complex, which basically works to protect the skin’s barrier function and minimise the effect of stress on the skin. It’s a serious multitasker that you need on your WFH desk.
Saturday Skin Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum
This new potent serum from K-beauty brand Saturday Skin is made up of a combination of four probiotics, aided by two prebiotics (these function in a similar way to fertisiliser – read more on prebiotics here), working to boost the look of a healthy, radiant complexion.
Biologique Recherche Paris Masque Vivant
French professional brand Biologique Recherche is another brand that was on to the benefits of probiotics early. The cult-favourite Biologique Recherche Paris Masque Vivant contains high concentrations of probiotics in the form of live yeast extract. It’s main focus? To encourage beneficial epidermal microflora to crowd out bacteria-causing acne. A great option for congested skin.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum
Lancôme is another pioneer of the probiotic skin care trend, with its iconic anti-ageing serum Advanced Génifique. It features a combo of seven pre and probiotic ingredients to improve the skin microbiome. This serum packs a real punch on the brightening front, so it’s perfect for those who struggle with dull, uneven skin.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+
If you’re dealing with dry, itchy skin on your body, try La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+. This creamy liquid-replenishing formula is super gentle and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. It focuses on restoring and preserving the skin’s barrier, which can help ease discomfort and itchiness – it’s especially great for those who suffer from eczema.
RAWKANVAS The Limelight: Brightening Probiotic Lotion
This best-selling vegan probiotic lotion from RAWKANVAS gets to work on delivering good flora to the skin in order to boost hydration, fight against breakouts and brighten and soothe the complexion – which is pretty much everything your self-iso skin needs right now.
Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.