What do you know about the important role that your skin microbiome and probiotics play in your overall skin health?
In this article, discover:
- What’s a skin microbiome?
- What’s a probiotic?
- What are the benefits of probiotics for skin?
- How to use probiotics to improve your skin
- The benefits of probiotic-rich black tea ferment
What’s A Skin Microbiome?
The skin is the biggest organ in your body, and it comes complete with its own kingdom of living bacteria, both good and bad. This kingdom is known as the skin microbiome. Learn more about the skin microbiome in our blog post here.
What’s A Probiotic?
A probiotic refers to a group of different strains of the “good kind” of bacteria that occur naturally on the skin.
To protect against environmental harm within the microbiome, the skin employs natural defenses like probiotics to fight against harmful, skin-damaging bacteria.
What Are The Benefits Of Probiotics For Skin?
It’s been long known that probiotics found in your gut microbiome work to create optimal gut health and overall well-being. Today, new studies are proving that the same is true for probiotics within the skin microbiome.
Some skin benefits of probiotics include:
- Strengthened defenses against toxins, pollutants, and other environmental threats.
- Longer-lasting hydration.
- Soothing redness and inflammation
- Balancing skin pH
- Preventing future breakouts
- Promoted production of skin-protecting ceramides
Using a topical probiotic helps reinforce your skin’s protective shield. By getting to the root of the problem (and future problems) and fighting harmful bacteria, probiotics in skin care can also prevent inflammation, infections, and irritation on your skin.
In other words, probiotics are the ultimate skin-enhancing tool to maintain a healthy and balanced complexion.
How To Use Probiotics To Improve Your Skin
To benefit from the complexion-enhancing benefits of probiotics, it all comes down to finding a quality probiotic-infused skin care product.
The top layers of your skin may be dead, but there is a thriving population of microflora living there. The health of the microbiome affects the skin’s appearance. When it’s balanced, the skin has a youthful, radiant glow. The complexion is even and free of redness or signs of irritation.
Applying a probiotic-rich serum is a simple and effective solution to strengthen the good bacteria (aka resistant bacteria), and keep the bad bacteria (transient bacteria) from thriving.
Probiotic Spotlight: Black Tea Ferment
When black tea ferments, it increases its already-miraculous benefits, especially for the skin. Fermented black tea makes the ideal skin care ingredient thanks to its multitude of nourishing acids and vitamins that are vital for healthy, youthful skin, like gluconic acid, lactic acid, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and C, and folic acid.
Fades dark spots
Melanocytes are the agents that produce the amount of melanin in the skin. An overproduction of melanin can be due to sun damage, age, and hormonal imbalances. Black tea ferment is able to help fade existing dark marks and sun spots by slowing down the production of melanocytes.
Fermented black tea is known to boost radiance in dull skin thanks to its abundance of energy-boosting B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12) and brightening vitamin C which are essential for a healthy-looking complexion. These vitamins can also help the skin retain a more youthful and lively appearance.
During the fermentation process of black tea, lactic and gluconic acids are produced. These acids are known to help get rid the skin of dirt, oil, and dead skin that become trapped deep inside the pores.
Restores natural pH
Our diets and the environmental pollution around us can increase the skin’s pH, which can result in breakouts, blotchy redness, and hypersensitivity. The gluconic, lactic, and folic acids in fermented black tea can help purify and cleanse the skin while restoring its natural pH levels.
These unique benefits are why we’ve infused probiotic-rich black tea ferment at the core of each of our serums. While each naturally-potent Ampersand serum targets specific skin concerns, the base of each serum is infused with the same base formula to deliver essential probiotics, vitamins, minerals, acids, and antioxidants for all skin types.