10 probiotic skin care products to support your skin’s microbiome


By now, most of us have a solid understanding of the power of probiotics. We know which bacteria are good for you role in a healthy gut (the key to everything from efficient digestion to a better mood), but in recent years the ingredient has become a staple in skin care. The growing popularity of probiotics makes sense – just as the good bacteria in your body prevent bad bacteria from causing inflammation and other gastrointestinal issues, probiotic skin care works with the natural bacteria in our face to create a environment that allows cells to flourish. The result: a calmer, more radiant complexion that can also be less prone to acne.

But despite buzzing, bacteria-filled marks like Tula and Daughter of the winegrower Regularly topping the lists of beauty editors, incorporating a whole new kind of product into your daily skincare ritual can be a daunting task. That’s why we turned to Kasey Boone, Los Angeles-based esthetician and owner of Glow Skin Care Studio (and the The skin and the city beauty podcast host). With over 15 years of experience in the beauty industry (and a loyal following that includes Katherine Schwarzenegger), she recommends probiotic skincare even for the most sensitive skin types.

First of all, what exactly is probiotic skin care?

Probiotic skincare products contain live cultures of “good bacteria” that help strengthen and regulate the skin’s natural barrier.

Most people think of gut health when they think of probiotics. How are they related to skin health?

Topical probiotics can repel free radicals and bad bacteria for your skin microbiome (the ecosystem of bacteria on the surface of your skin) the same way they help protect your gut. “Probiotics are great for the gut, but as we are seeing an increasing trend for probiotics in skin care,” Boone says.

What are the benefits of mixing probiotic skincare products into your routine?

Probiotic skin care is known to help calm our complexion and ward off acne-causing bacteria. Boone explains the technical details: “Probiotics can aid in the production of fat also known as lipids which can help lock moisture in the skin and balance skin tone and texture.”

Is there a skin type that would not be a candidate for probiotic care?

From Boone’s experience, add probiotics to your daily ritual can benefit even the most sensitive skin types.

Why do you think probiotic skin care (and the focus on our skin’s microbiome) has become so popular recently?

Thanks to the 20 step routine, in some cases which includes excessive exfoliation, deep peels and lasers, our skin barrier has been compromised – now is the time to recover and recover. “While these treatments are great in moderation, so many consumers just overdo it,” Boone says. Now, she thinks the skin care trends are going in a different direction. Instead of stripping things away, it’s more about adding healthy ingredients, like probiotics, to the skin and supporting our skin’s microbiome.

Scroll on for some of the hottest products to enhance our skin care routines right now, and Boone’s thoughts on probiotic skin care that she swears by.

The product: Aloette Beauty Biome Microbiome Complex

Why we recommend it: This lightweight serum is ideal for everyday use. It helps to balance your complexion and to strengthen the barrier function of your skin. Infused with moisturizing aloe vera and moisture-blocking prebiotic and probiotic ingredients.

The product: Tula purifying facial cleanser

Why we recommend it: The biggest culprit in stripping our skin of its best bacteria: cleansers. Give the hero of your nighttime ritual a probiotic overhaul with Tula’s popular gel-based facial cleanser, which contains probiotic extracts, prebiotics, and turmeric.

The product: Cosmedix Micro Defense Microbiome Sheet Mask

Why we recommend it: I am not typically a sheet mask type esthetician, but love to use them at home and in the treatment room, especially after a long day in the sun or when my client’s skin needs a little boost. inch. This sheet mask contains pre- and probiotics to strengthen the skin barrier for smoother, softer skin. Glow-Tip: use a Glow Skincare Cold Roller or a jade roller on your sheet mask for deeper penetration and a cooling effect. Use once or twice a week.

The product: Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Moisturizing Gel

Why we recommend it: Just looking at this deep green gel leaves us instantly soothed. Fortunately, its effect on the skin is similar. The hydrating moisturizer is infused with probiotics to soothe and balance the skin, while the long-lasting squalane oil helps keep your skin hydrated and dewy.

The product: Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Pads Facial Pads

Why we recommend it: I am obsessed with these facial pads, which use tri-enzyme technology and a probiotic formula. These pads gently resurface and help brighten the skin while supporting skin barrier function. Use two or three times a week.

The product: Ren Perfect Canvas Clean Primer

Why we recommend it: Your makeup routine could also use a probiotic boost. A few drops of Ren’s Soothing Primer create a healthy, balanced microbiome to prepare your skin (and makeup) for glowing success.

The product: Juice Beauty Prebiotix ™ Moisturizing Moisturizing Gel

Why we recommend it: In addition to a supplement filled with bacteria you can ingestJuice Beauty, the popular organic brand, recently launched a collection of products containing prebiotics with the specific microbiome of your skin in mind. This feather-light vegan moisturizer soaks up directly to deliver the right things.

The product: Cosmedix B Complex Boosting Powder

Why we recommend it: This vitamin B powder with yogurt cultures adds the perfect probiotic boost to any moisturizer or serum to help balance the appearance of your skin. This is ideal for daily use.

The product: Tom’s prebiotic soap

Why we recommend it: Leave it to Tom’s of Maine to be one step ahead in the clean skincare department (the brand has been touting the benefits of natural deodorant for decades). Their cleansing bar containing prebiotics helps protect the skin’s natural moisture and lets you dip your toes into the good bacteria department at an affordable price.

The product: Éminence Clear Skin probiotic moisturizer

Why we recommend it: Luxury Facial Face Haus first got us hooked on Éminence, the organic skincare brand that uses sustainable agriculture to create beautifully handmade (and smell amazing) products. Their best-selling moisturizer is known to work wonders in fighting acne, arguably one of the biggest side effects of investing in probiotic skin care.

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