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Probiotics. They’re the latest (and tiniest) trend in skincare, and for good reason. This year, the beauty world is embracing solutions that repair and replenish stressed skin - which means good bugs are your skin’s new best friends.
Probiotics are strains of good bacteria that are renowned for their health-enhancing effects on the body - but they also play a role in the health of skin. Probiotic skincare looks after our microbiome: the family of around 1,000 species of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that lives on our skin.
A healthy microbiome contains a balance of good and bad bacteria living in harmony. It enhances the skin’s natural barrier, helping to protect from allergens, free radicals, photoaging, and pollutants. An imbalanced microbiome can lead to redness, inflammation, and even skin conditions like acne and dermatitis. Skincare provides a way to deliver healthy bacteria to skin, with three key benefits.
In skincare, probiotics help to seal and enhance the skin’s natural barrier, providing a stronger defence against environmental aggressors such as pollution, weather, UV rays, heating, air conditioning, and harsh chemical products. A stronger barrier also helps to prevent trans-epidermal moisture loss, which means skin retains water for longer.
Probiotic skincare cultivates a balanced microbiome by helping to keep your good bacteria at healthy levels. This fine-tuned balance helps to control your skin’s pH levels and oil production, promoting clearer skin. With a calm, clear canvas on which to act, your beauty regime can be more effective.
Many common skin disorders have their root in inflammation – from eczema and atopic dermatitis to rosacea and acne. Probiotics have been noted for their anti-inflammatory properties, helping to calm the skin and reduce levels of roughness and redness. They may also help to defend against the effects of photoaging in skin.
With the launch of Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream, Antipodes is declaring 2021 the Year of Calm, Clean Skincare™. The latest from New Zealand’s Scientific Green Beauty brand, this intensely hydrating water cream delivers a lifeline to any skin type, but especially stressed skin. It works by boosting moisture levels and helping to strengthen the skin’s barrier, encouraging skin recovery overnight. Applied as part of a relaxing evening ritual, awaken to a calm, clear, hydrated visage.
The key lies in a special strain of good bacteria: Kalibiome AGE Probiotic. A natural, non-live bacteria (or “postbiotic”), Kalibiome AGE helps to seal the skin’s epidermal layers and balance the microbiome. It brings a host of anti-aging benefits such as boosting Type I collagen*. In short, it’s “good” bacteria that balances your skin’s “bad” bacteria.
The certified vegan night cream is enhanced by hydrating natural ingredients such as plant-derived hyaluronic acid, mamaku black fern, harakeke flax gel, and New Zealand-grown meadowfoam oil. Every element, from the cream’s dreamy lilac colouring to the cloud-soft texture, is designed to soothe the senses. With the power of good bacteria working on your microbiome while you sleep, skincare regimes have never been more calming.
*Kalibiome probiotics/postbiots 600: clinically shown to revitalize extracellular matrix.