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Our guide to practical probiotics

BENEFITS: Probiotics are not only good for the immune system – they can also boost your skin

PROBIOTICS HAVE been proven to alleviate conditions such as acne, eczema, rashes and rosacea. You may have heard the term probiotics floating around but never fully understood the term, that’s why Life & Style are here to get you clued up on why they should be your skin’s new best friend.

What are probiotics?
Probiotics can be found in various types of food and readily available in pill or tablet form. Probiotics are live, healthy bacteria.

These friendly microorganisms are responsible for restoring balance in our bodies by making sure that the bad bacteria are kept under control and prevented from causing illnesses.

They are known to successfully fight gut inflammation, help bodies absorb certain types of nutrients and keep the immune system in optimum shape.

There are many probiotic benefits for the skin, such as improving skin conditions preventing wrinkles and increasing the skin’s hydration, among other things.

Five benefits of probiotics

1. Probiotics can help you deal with a variety of skin conditions. Many suffer from skin conditions such as acne, rashes, eczema, rosacea or psoriasis, which means that there is a high possibility that your gut flora is altered to some extent. This means that both oral and topical use of probiotics can result in an improved look and healthier skin.

2. Probiotics can reduce visible signs of ageing on your skin. It is believed that using skincare products containing probiotics can help build collagen to achieve plumper looking skin with added smoothness for an improved appearance. Also, reduced inflammatory response makes your skin more resistant to negative effects of exposure to sun, which in turn results in fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Probiotics improve the level of hydration of your skin. There is evidence that certain strains of probiotics have a beneficial effect on the skin barrier. The stronger locks in more moisture, keeping your skin healthy and well hydrated for longer periods of time.

4. Probiotics help prevent breakouts. Certain types of food increase the skin’s oil production, which can result in clogged pores, acne and breakouts. Since acne sufferers often suffer from a high inflammatory response as well, keeping inflammation at bay with the regular use of probiotics can provide much-needed relief from inflamed skin and result in a beautiful, clear complexion.

5. Probiotics can repair your skin and reduce its sensitivity. Skin disorders are known to come with a number of unpleasant symptoms such as burning, itching and pain, leaving skin sensitive to touch. What’s even more annoying is that even when those irritated red bumps or patches temporarily heal, the next challenge is to get rid of those almost impossible marks or even scars. It has been found that probiotics diminish scarring and improve smoothness of skin, which was once covered with blemishes after persistent application of topical probiotics.


Exuviance Probiotic Lysate Anti-Pollution Essence, £54,
This concentrated daily essence is formulated with Probiotic Lysate and proven Polyhydroxy Acid to help re-balance and strengthen all skin types for a more radiant, younger-looking complexion.

Zelens Prebiotic & Probiotic Facial Mist, £39,
Helps to rebalance healthy skin microflora and demonstrate excellent moisturising properties, while a blend of five probiotics with the ability to support the skin’s immune defences, enhance the recovery of the skin’s barrier function.

Optibac Probiotics For Everyday Extra Strength Capsules (price varies) This advanced, dairy-free supplement from OptiBac contains five extensively researched strains, such as L. acidophilus NCFM® and B. bifidum Bb-02, in an extra strength dose of 20 billion live microorganisms per capsule, which includes five billion live cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®, thought to be the most researched strain of acidophilus in the world.

Marks & Spencer Kefir Milk Drink with Live Cultures
Naturally high in protein and calcium and full of essential vitamins (including B12 and B2), Kefir is packed with billions of gut-friendly bacteria and is completely free from any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It is naturally low in lactose and has absolutely no added sugar.

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