There are trillions of invisible microbial organisms living in and on you. These bugs play a key role in your survival, but did you know that they also have a huge influence on how you look?
Recently, the American Academy of Dermatology named probiotics (beneficial strains of live bacteria) a “beauty breakthrough”.
Today, I want to tell you how probiotics can give you healthier, clearer, and younger-looking skin.
BEAUTY BENEFITS OF PROBIOTICS
Probiotics protect your skin from the largest contributors to aging? UV radiation and pollution by acting as a protective shield over your skin, soothing it from inflammation and oxidative stress and limiting the flare-ups that lead to premature aging.
Probiotics have been shown to increase the production of ceramides, a vital skin component that protects against moisture loss and keeps your skin hydrated, supple and firm.
Young, healthy skin has a slightly acidic pH, in the range of 4.2 to 5.6. This acidic level inhibits pathogenic (bad) bacterial colonization, but with age, the pH of your skin rises.
Probiotics can lower the pH of your skin back down to optimal levels so that it looks and functions better.
Good bugs also promote collagen production, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and strengthening your skin matrix to reduce sagging.
HOW TO TAKE PROBIOTICS
For maximum beauty benefits, probiotics should be taken both orally and topically. Take your oral probiotic with food and make sure it contains at least 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) per dose.
Choose an oral probiotic that contains a mixture of strains from both the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria groups because these are the best anti-aging bugs.
Topical probiotic creams and sprays will give you softer, smoother and clearer skin on your face and body, and they are great for treating inflammatory skin conditions like eczema.
Here’s a topical probiotic spray that I love. Just spray twice a day on top of any other products that you’re using to keep your beauty bugs happy!