SKIN CARE,  Skincare

What does prebiotics do for your skin?

What does prebiotics do for your skin? And, better yet, do you know what prebiotics are? Prebiotics are specialised plant fibres. They act as fertilisers that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestine.

Prebiotics are found in many fruits and vegetables, especially those that contain complex carbohydrates, such as fibre and resistant starch. Inulin, beta-glucans and fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are the most popular prebiotics. Throughout this guide, you will discover what their properties are and how you have to use them.

Have you ever heard of the microbiome?

You may be more familiar with the gut microbiome and the little yoghurt drinks or supplements you can take to help keep it healthy. But there is another, and it is attracting a lot of attention: the microbiome of our skin.

The skin microbiome is home to billions of bacteria, fungi and viruses, of which bacteria make up the largest proportion. This community of microbes helps our skin function and also helps it stay healthy. When the skin’s microbiome becomes unbalanced, we can see certain skin problems develop, such as acne and dryness. It can also happen that problems that already exist can be exacerbated.

How can we support our microbiome with our skincare?

Prebiotics act as food for bacteria and encourage the growth of “good” bacteria. When the “good” bacteria thrive and are abundant, they can in turn keep the “bad” bacteria in check.

What about probiotics?

Probiotics are the live strain of “good” bacteria. True probiotics are not usually found in skin care products because the same preservatives that give products their shelf life and prevent bacterial contamination will kill probiotics. Because of this, topical products often contain prebiotics.

Now that you know more about the skin microbiome and how probiotics can support it, let’s take a look at some of the key prebiotic ingredients that Neutriherbs products are formulated with and how they can help different skin concerns.

How can we support our microbiome with our skincare?

Acne breakouts can be a sure sign that the microbiome is out of balance. When excess oil and skin cells cause pore blockages, “bad” bacteria can thrive by feeding on the excess oil. They then multiply, produce waste, irritate the lining of the pore, and cause inflammation.

Did you know that air pollution particles can suppress the growth of “good” bacteria on the skin’s surface? That allows “bad” bacteria to flourish and your skin to suffer. Skin Smoothing Cream is a next-generation moisturiser that includes active ingredients in its formula to infuse moisture into the skin, helping to reduce moisture loss and protect the skin’s natural microbiome. This advanced ingredient technology has been shown to protect the “good” bacteria and enhance their growth. Glycerol further supports the “good” bacteria for an optimal healthy microbiome.

You already know, that prebiotics are for your skin and probiotics are for your body. Now only you have to take care of your skin.

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