Sometimes all that good bacteria on your skin needs a little help to do its job. Give Mother Nature a hand and add these probiotic and prebiotic skincare gems to your routine to enhance your skinâ€™s health.
1. Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Boost Skin Renewal Biocellulose Mask ($95 for four) contains a host of super-potent probiotics, including lactococcus ferment lysate. Coupled with the formulationâ€™s ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid, this innovative mask is guaranteed to leave skin luminous, soft and hydrated while giving your skinâ€™s bacterial community a boost.
2. Multitasking The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner ($80) is a collagen-boosting, exfoliating and hydrating formulation that nourishes skin with a host of bio-fermented certified organic goodies. With a bioactive wholefood extract that includes nourishing grains, seeds, fruits, algae and vegetables, you can think of this incredible product as nutrition for your skin.
3. While the alcohol-laden toners of the past tended to strip the skin of its goodness, GallinĂ©e Face Vinegar ($47 from Mecca Cosmetica) is packed with actiobiome â€“ a prebiotic that soothes and calms skin. The formulation also includes postbiotics which give your skinâ€™s bacteria the helping hand it needs to flourish.
4. Prebiotics are at the heart of everything that skincare brand La Roche-Posay does. Its Lipikar Baume ($27.99) has been formulated with very dry and eczema-prone skin in mind. The fragrance-free body cream works to restore and rebalance the skinâ€™s microbiome and micro-organisms â€“ which can help to restore the skinâ€™s barrier and protect it from irritation.
5. Overcleansing can damage your skinâ€™s microbiome, which is exactly why Murad created its unique Prebiotic 4-in-1 MultiCleanser ($75). The gel-to-oil formulation glides onto the skin to remove make-up and debris while replenishing the skin with much-needed prebiotics. The end result is resilient, healthy-looking skin.
6. Forget about the drying, alcohol-based toners of yesteryear â€“ Dior Hydra Life Balancing Hydration 2 In 1 Sorbet Water ($90) has been formulated with powerful prebiotics that work to restore balance to the skinâ€™s microbiome. With daily use, your skin is sure to become both healthier and more resilient.
7. After your everyday moisturiser, apply Ren Clean Skincare Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Priming Serum ($110 from Mecca Cosmetica) onto your skin to prime
it for foundation application. A host of probiotics help to smooth the skin, lock in vital moisture and strengthen the skinâ€™s barrier.
8. The skinâ€™s microbiome could possess the secret to tackling acne and inflammation-prone skin once and for all. Edible Beauty Probiotic Radiance Tonic ($56 from Sephora) has been created specifically with challenging skin types in mind. The probiotic strain Lactobacillus bulgaricus helps build resilient skin thatâ€™s able to fend off external aggressors, and the potent probiotic also helps to fight acne-forming bacteria.
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