The benefits of probiotics or “health bacteria” in skin care most often found in fermented foods with live active cultures. For example: Greek yogurt and kimchi.
Consuming the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus could help the skin become flawless.
To understand the science behind fermented skin care, think of digestive enzymes. Just as fermented foods and enzyme supplements aid in the digestion and absorption of nutrients you consume, fermentation of the nutrients in topical skin care makes them more concentrated and easily absorbed.
These beauty products often contain fruit, herbs and yeast, all of which can be fermented. The fermentation process transforms the natural substances in a moisturizer, serum or mask, enabling the skin to more readily accept and absorb these ingredients.
In addition to easier and quicker absorption, fermentation also works to increase the nutrient density, making the product’s natural ingredients more powerful. Wine for instance, has greater overall antioxidant capacity than grape juice.
Often fermented yeast extract is included in these formulations, since the fermentation process produces amino acids and peptides that help skin’s cellular renewal. Fermented yeast extract could help diminish the signs of skin aging by improving collagen synthesis.
EAT UP: PROBIOTIC FOODS
Interested in incorporating more probiotics into your diet to reap the possible skin care benefits? Look for foods like yogurt, aged cheese, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut on your next trip to the supermarket.
While further study is needed tosubstantiate the actual affects of probiotics on our skin, eating a well-balanced diet is always a good choice for your overall well-being!