As we welcome a new year, you might be considering adopting a new beauty regime or prioritising self-care.
Why not start by making time for your precious skin? To help, we’ve put together this mini-guide to prebiotics – skincare's secret weapon.
What is the microbiome?
Microbiome is the term used for the trillions of microorganisms living on your skin’s surface. If you get the balance just right between each tiny member of this environment, you'll see how your skin radiates with vitality. The composition is as unique as your personality. It varies over your body too, with some places more richly populated than others, and factors such as age, diet and genetics all play a part in microbiome health. Prebiotics are essential to a healthy skin microbiome. They help to promote a thriving microbiome and the growth of ‘good’ bacteria on the skins surface.
Why are prebiotics in skincare important?
Prebiotics generate an abundant and diverse bacterial environment by promoting the ‘good’ bacteria that keep things in check, ensuring your skin is functioning at its best. These good bacteria are vital as they not only build a resilient barrier to protect against environmental stressors and dehydration, but also deliver the natural glow that comes from nourished skin.
What's the difference between probiotics and prebiotic skincare ingredients?
Prebiotics and probiotics work together for strong, healthy skin, but they're not the same. Probiotics are live bacteria that increase the population of ‘good’ bacteria on your skin. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are specialised natural materials that feed and support probiotics, allowing them to do their jobs effectively. They promote the growth of good bacteria on the microbiome.
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What are the most significant prebiotic skincare benefits?
Because everyone’s microbiome is entirely unique, the species of bacteria your skin needs to thrive is particular to the individual. If you were to peruse the probiotics section of a health shop, you might find the vast range of bacterial species contained in the products a little overwhelming. How can you know which will yield the best result? Enter prebiotics. They don’t dictate what exactly will grow, they simply create the ideal conditions for your personal microbiome bacteria to flourish and help build a resilient barrier to protect against environmental stressors such as pollution and light associated damage and dehydration.
What are the risks of an imbalanced microbiome?
While a healthy microbiome provides a protective barrier, a stressed microbiome struggles to combat infections and reduce inflammation. This is due to an imbalance between the beneficial and harmful bacteria populations. It can become dry or dehydrated, which in turn can lead to a worsening of skin problems like rosacea, eczema and acne as well as visible signs of ageing. Beneficial bacteria help produce a layer of protection to prevent moisture evaporation, keeping your skin hydrated and functioning at its best.
How can I incorporate prebiotics into my bodycare routine?
We suggest starting with our Soothing Bath and Shower Oil, enhanced with the prebiotic Vita Arctic to strengthen your skin barrier. Follow this with a self-care moment, mindfully massaging dry, dehydrated skin with our Nourishing Body Balm or, if you prefer a lighter texture, with our Firming Body Lotion Serum. Both products are enriched with the prebiotic Prebiulin Aga, which helps defend against sensitivity and environmental stressors. Finally, try exfoliating once a week with our Energising Salts and Oil Body Scrub. This gently removes dead skin cells and contains active Berryflux Vita, which is proven to defend against moisture loss and restores bacterial balance.
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