Probiotics are on the rise – they balance the microbiome and provide solutions for acne, anti-aging, dermatitis, and eczema. Fortunately, you don’t need to bathe in Kombuchka or slather yourself in Kimchi to get results. Now, smart skincare keeps an eye on your microbiome – whether with prebiotics that feed good bacteria, or probiotics that apply it live. We’ve rounded up our favorite topical treatments to help you get the glow.
The first pro-biotic skincare company in Australia Amperna has been championing probiotics in skincare for years. Amperna Probiotic + DS Soothing Serum contains copper and zinc gluconates that further inhibit the spread of bacteria on the skin. DS is rosacea friendly and the perfect replenishment for stressed-out skin. This gem is currently sold out – but get your name on pre-order as they are replenishing in August. Their Vitamin C Serum is also a fantastic Vit C for those with sensitive skin types looking to brighten the complexion and lighten pigmentation.
Aveeno has long maintained the effectiveness of probiotics in addressing dry, damaged skin, their formulas contain an oat-derived prebiotic complex. The complex will soothes and repairs dry, sensitive skin and keeps it hydrated for longer. The fragrance-free lotions are speedily absorbed into the skin, making them perfect for those who dread the stickiness of winter balms.
Elizabeth Arden’s super soothing mask contains a double dose of their patented Superstart probiotic complex. This is combined with coconut water, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate and ceramides 1, 3 and 6. For good measure, they’ve added cholesterol and phytosphingosine – essential lipids that repair and maintain the skin’s barrier function. Consider it a long, cool drink for tired, stressed skin.
Cosmetics 27 founder Michele Evrad is a firm believer in the skin’s ability to self regulate. Evrad formulates all the products in her range to support this regulation. The Glow Booster serum contains Centella Asiatica, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin C along with a wheat-derived prebiotic complex to “rebalance and regenerate the epidermal microbiota”. Glow 27 is a powerhouse product that kicks serious butt in the pigmentation department, without causing additional skin-stress.
Chantecaille’s Rose De Mai Cream is rich in Vitamin C, Rasberry Stem Cells and Matrixyl 3000 ( a peptide blend, not a member of Outkast). It also contains probiotic and prebiotic complexes to increase the skins’ natural resilience. For this reason, the Rose De Mai cream is a popular anti-aging choice for those prone to redness and sensitivity.