By Robin Lee Kennedy
In the same way that ‘good‘ bacteria can calm down your tummy, evidence is building that probiotic skin care just might be a Fountain of Youth. Studies suggest that elevating the good bacteria on our skin is essential for our immune systems and can also fight wrinkles, combat sagging skin and diminish pigmentation problems.
Experts agree that these beneficial bugs have the ability to slow down the aging process.
“I have been very impressed by the ability of Probiotics to have a tremendous effect in truly slowing the aging process.”
– Steve Cohen, MD, FACS. La Jolla, CA
“We think we have discovered a genuine Fountain of Youth.”
– Andrew Mark Klapper, MD, Diplomat, American Board of Plastic Surgery.
“Probiotics stimulate the skin’s immune system repairing natural defenses, preventing collagen damage, and hydrating the skin, thereby slowing the aging process.”
– Nick Lowe MD, Cosmetic Dermatologist
Skin is a Natural Defense
The skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the human body. A natural defense against external assaults, the skin provides 3 levels of protection:
• A microbial barrier: On the surface the skin flora (microbiota) stimulates the immune system and protects the body against opportunistic bacteria.
• A physical barrier: The stratum corneum or horny layer is made up of dead cells and is the first line of physical defense.
• A biological layer: The dermis and epidermis comprise the live layer of skin.
Disrupting the Microbiota
While a healthy microbiota will protect the skin from infection and increase its ability to heal and repair, environmental pollutants, astringents, alcohol and even stress can disrupt this natural balance, resulting in a reduction in cellular respiration, cellular metabolism and collagen production.
These shortfalls cause fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and a dull appearance.
Many lotions, creams and other skin treatments provide temporary relief from common skin conditions, but can also offset its natural balance, causing dryness, dullness, and other signs of premature aging.
Skincare Giants Embrace Probiotics
Probiotics work on the surface to maintain moisture and fight the bad bacteria causing redness, sensitivity, spots and infections.
The beneficial bugs also penetrate the deeper levels to repair skin DNA and build collagen. So it’s not surprising that skincare giants like Clinique, Lancome, Chantecaille, L’Oreal, Miessence, Nude and Revive are injecting beauty bugs into anti-aging serums and moisturizers to help soothe and plump the skin hoping to turn back the hands of time.