About Probiotics for Skin Health & How Ayr Skin Care Uses Them

The skin that we live in is a living, breathing thing. Complex layers, active bacteria and skin health exist in a critical balance. When that balance is jeopardized, we see developments like rosacea, peeling and dryness and other conditions made worse by inflammation.

When your Mother told you that “you are what you eat,” she was right: your gut health is reflected in your skin’s appearance and texture. But, it may not be enough to eat right. Recent science has shown benefits of probiotics for skin health when applied topically. Here’s the rundown on what to eat, and what to use on your skin, for optimal health.

First… the Gut Reaction

Anyone who has lived for any length of time on potato chips, pizza and processed foods, knows how “junk food” affects your body. We become sluggish, have sore stomachs, and our skin can become inflamed and irritated.

Your body is designed like a machine that requires the  right kind of fuel. It craves the vitamins and minerals found in green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and healthy fats, like those found in an avocado. These nutritious foods keep your body running smoothly, keeps your digestive system from becoming inflamed, and protects you from disease.

The science behind this is the microbiome, which is the genetic material of all the microbes—bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses—that live on and inside the human body. This collection of hundreds of trillions of microbes consists of about a thousand different bacterial species that reside in the mouth and gut, and on the skin. “Good” bacteria, in particular, supports a healthy immune system, helps you heal faster, and helps boost your skin’s radiance.

A microbiome that is compromised by poor health, excess sugars and disease leads to antibiotic resistance and inflammation, which in turn lead to skin problems like rosacea, thinning of skin and premature wrinkles. This is why we love to share our insights about probiotics and your skin’s health!

Probiotic Benefits for Your Skin, Gut, Health & Happiness

For centuries, probiotics have been used to bring healthy balance to the digestive system. Probiotic foods contain live microorganisms that help to balance the good bacteria that lives in your gut. These simple additions to your diet, and the removal of over processed “junk” foods and sugars, can lead to overall health, and glowing skin:

  • Fermented vegetables
  • Kefir, yogurt or fermented coconut yogurt
  • Kimchi and sauerkraut
  • Kombucha
  • Miso and tempeh

Graphic of Lactobacillus

Probiotics for Skin Health - in Skin Care!

Ayr Skin Care uses probiotics for skin health by designing formulas around them. The benefits of probiotics in your skin care include helping restore and maintain the balance of good bacteria. The most widely used probiotic ingredients for face and body skin care are Vitreoscilla, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

Key benefits of probiotics for your skin are:

  • Helping to visibly improve dryness, and irritation of the skin
  • Preventing bad microorganisms from irritating the skin and causing immune reactions
  • Enhancing the ability of the skin to stay hydrated
  • Creating natural antibiotics called antimicrobial peptides to keep bad bacteria away
  • Strengthening the surface layer of the skin helping prevent premature aging
  • Allowing the skin to withstand pollution and environmental damage

Ayr Skin Care uses probiotics in every formula that we create

Our favorite probiotic is fermented bamboo silica, which we use in our  Pure Moisture Nourishing Face CreamRestore Replenishing Night Cream and Tranquility Hand Cream. We don’t know of any other company that uses ferments in their hand cream, as probiotics are costly ingredients, but we believe the expense is justified. Fermented bamboo not only imparts probiotics, but it has the added benefit of giving a lovely silky feel to our creams. Probiotics support the health of your skin and enhance the feel of what you put on your skin!

In addition to fermented bamboo, we also use fermented lemon peel probiotic in our  Reveal Exfoliating Foam Wash, and Lactobacillus in our Awaken Eye Serum.

Peaceful image of bamboo for skin care made with bamboo ingredients

Probiotics Help Support Hyaluronic Acid

As you use probiotics in your skin care products, the probiotics break down on the surface of your skin, creating something called “postbiotics”. Postbiotics help restore the skin to a more youthful appearance, as they create  hyaluronic acid and peptides, two of the most sought after anti-aging ingredients.

Who knew that adding probiotics to the surface of the skin could assist in helping diminish the appearance of wrinkles and dry, aging skin?!

One of the main reasons that we package all of our facial products in airless pumps is that it allows us to use more natural preservatives. But probiotics in skin care also require airless containers. Using airless pumps allow us to use fragile ingredients, knowing that they will remain stable and not deteriorate or oxidize.

Probiotics for Skin Health & Gentle Skin Care

There are a few things that you can do to help your skin today. Add less processed “whole foods” like fresh vegetables and fermented foods into your diet, and make the change to Ayr Skin Care to feed your skin.

Our tips to maximize the benefits of probiotics for your  face care:

  • Wash your face with warm (never hot) water.
  • Gently pat your face. Don’t scrub it harshly, and avoid using any antibacterial products on your face. Antibacterial skin care destroys the healthy bacteria on your skin.
  • A gentle face wash, like Reveal, will help fortify the skin's beneficial microflora, and thus, keep its natural invisible barrier healthy.
  • After washing, always finish your skin with an additional layer of probiotics and peptides with a natural cream moisturizer like Pure Moisture. With its 72-hour moisture well, and probiotics, Pure Moisture offers a powerhouse of ingredients, formulated to be calming and soothing to your skin.

For flawless skin, glowing from the inside and from your skin, try probiotic skin care for optimal skin health, for a regimen that actually works. Your skin will thank you.

Bye for now!

Kirsten, xx

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