Kombucha, kefir, kimchi… the last few years have seen a rise in the popularity of fermented foods. Why? Because they contain beneficial bacteria for your digestive tract. These are called probiotics and are commonly found in yogurt or can be taken orally as a supplement. And, as is the case with many super foods like chia seeds, the skincare world has begun to wonder if probiotics for skin can be just as beneficial.

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are a great choice if you’ve recently taken antibiotics. Antibiotics kill both infection-causing bacteria and the good stuff that creates a happy environment in your belly. But they’re not just good for those of us who have recently been sick. Probiotics can boost your immune system, improve digestion, fight infections and even help your body detoxify—which brings us to probiotics for skin.

Our bodies need to eliminate toxins to stay healthy—and to look healthy. Your skin isn’t just red, inflamed or blotchy independently of the rest of your body. Your skin’s appearance can be a reflection of your overall health. A healthy microbiome (a good mix of bacteria) in your body can even prevent acne-causing inflammation.

Another way to use probiotics for skin? You can apply them directly. A collection of skincare companies have started incorporating non-living bacterial cultures into their products, which may not be as effective as the live cultures in many foods and supplements, but still provide some benefits. Topically applied probiotics (living or dead) can help protect the skin from damage, including acne-causing bacteria and can help skin retain moisture.

Our take on the trend?

We’re all about treating our skin through good health, and while we love a new skincare trend as much as the next beauty junkie, we think we’ll stick to DIY yogurt facials between Freeze Facials for now.

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