How probiotics can give stressed skin a lifeline

Teeny tiny ‘good bacteria’ may just be your new best friend in skincare – here’s why.

Is your skin having a case of the “blahs”? Uneven tone, enlarged pores, dark circles, puffiness, sensitivity and irritable skin are all common complaints as we navigate our busy lives.

As your body’s largest organ there are going to be times when your skin is under the weather.

Which is why we need to talk about probiotics in skincare.

What exactly are probiotics?

In a nutshell, probiotics are microorganisms with huge health benefits. Think of them as “good” or “healthy” bacteria.

Most of what you’ve heard about probiotics so far probably extends to their role in your digestion and gut health (yoghurt and sauerkraut anyone?).

But turns out that same microbe-friendly philosophy is now transforming skincare.

Probiotics and your skin

You can’t see them, but there are around 1000 species of bacteria, fungi and viruses living on your skin – a community known as your skin microbiome.

A healthy microbiome contains a balance of good and bad bacteria, living in harmony.

It’s when this ecosystem gets out of whack that problems can arise, leading to skin issues such as dryness, redness, inflammation and even acne and dermatitis.

That’s where probiotics come in, delivering healthy bacteria back to your skin.

Science is finding that probiotics in skincare can help seal and enhance the skin’s natural barrier, giving you a hardy defence against aggressors such as pollution, the sun’s UV rays, heating, air conditioning and harsh chemical products.

A stronger barrier also helps prevent moisture loss and probiotics have been found to help control your skin’s PH levels and oil production, promoting clearer, calmer skin.

Hello fresh, radiant and healthy glow!

And then there’s the anti-inflammatory effect of probiotics, which helps to reduce levels of roughness and redness.

How to give your skin a probiotic fix

The latest offering from New Zealand’s scientific green beauty brand, Antipodes, uses the power of probiotics to give a much-needed lifeline to stressed skin.

Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream contains a special strain of good bacteria, Kalibiome AGE Probiotic – a natural and non-live bacteria that helps to seal the skin’s epidermal layers and balance the microbiome.

The intensely hydrating water cream works to boost moisture levels and help strengthen the skin’s barrier.

The certified vegan cream brings a host of anti-aging benefits, such as helping to stimulate collagen production and reduce wrinkles, and supporting firmer skin.

The overnight cream is enhanced by hydrating natural ingredients such as plant-derived hyaluronic acid, mamaku black fern, harakeke flax gel, and New Zealand-grown meadowfoam oil.

Every element of Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream – from its dreamy lilac colour to its soft-as-a-cloud texture – is designed to soothe the senses.

And with the power of good bacteria working on your microbiome while you sleep, there’s never been a more calming antidote for stressed-out skin.

* This post is brought to you by Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream.