It’s Time To Try A Probiotic (Your Skin Will Thank You)
What does your belly have to do with your skin? Quite a bit, actually
Step inside any Sephora store or browse online at Mecca or Netaporter, and you would be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally wandered into a health space. Probiotic powders, elixirs and capsules are now fighting for shelf space alongside serums and moisturisers, and these inner health supplements are rapidly becoming a must-buy for girls on the hunt for glowy skin (i.e., all of us).
We already know that what we eat can often show up on our faces, whether it’s dairy-related acne breakouts or sushi-induced bloat face, but it actually goes deeper than that: research has shown that what happens in the belly – often referred to as the body’s second brain – has a direct effect on skin. Which is where probiotics come in.
“Probiotics are billions of good bacteria that keep the digestive system healthy and support the immune system, neutralizing certain chemicals and toxins so they don’t have to be processed through the liver,” explains BEAR co-founder and creative director Saasha Burns. “Also, around 80% of the immune system is located in the gut, and good bacteria forms a barrier on the intestinal wall and prevents harmful microorganisms from being absorbed.” (Try The Beauty Chef Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost.)
But probiotics are just the first step. The next frontier is prebiotics and postbiotics; the former (like BEAR Nourish Essential Daily Superpower + For Radiance) help feed probiotics and supply them with energy, says Burns, while the latter are a byproduct of the probiotic fermentation process.
Pre, pro, post – what does it all mean? Rather simply, a healthy, balanced gut means healthy, stronger skin.
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Creative Direction Saasha Burns
Photography Benjamin Holtrop
Hair & Makeup Stephanie Sznicer
Model Yada Viklleret @ Wilhelmina Models NY