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The Power of Prebiotics: Why Your Skin Needs Them, Not Probiotics

By: Erika Nomeland
June 28th, 2023

When it comes to achieving healthy and radiant skin, the conversation often revolves around probiotics and their beneficial effects on our gut health. However, there’s another player in the skincare game that deserves some attention: prebiotics. While probiotics have their merits, prebiotics offer unique advantages that can transform your skin. In this article, we’ll dive into the world of prebiotics and explore why they should be an essential part of your skincare routine. 

Understanding Prebiotics v probiotics:

Before we delve into the reasons why prebiotics reign supreme, let’s clarify what exactly they are. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that act as nourishment for the beneficial bacteria already present on our skin’s surface. Unlike probiotics, which introduce live bacteria into our system, prebiotics support the growth and activity of the existing microbial community. In simpler terms, prebiotics serve as a feast for the good bacteria, helping them thrive and carry out their skin-loving functions.

While probiotics have amazing benefits for the gut, science hasn’t quit mastered introducing live bacteria that benefits the skin. Products selling skin probiotics often just use the same probiotics found in the gut and try to sell them for your skin. Instead of helping your skin flourish, this can actually cause microbiome imbalances and worsen skin conditions. While we are confident that probiotics will be found for the skin one day, we aren’t there yet so don’t let them sell you snake oil until the research backs it up. Until then, enjoy the benefits of scientifically proven prebiotics for your skin.

Skin Microbiome Balance:

The balance of our skin’s microbiome is crucial for its health and appearance. Prebiotics play a pivotal role in maintaining this delicate equilibrium by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria while inhibiting the overgrowth of harmful ones. This balance helps regulate sebum production, reduce inflammation, and enhance the skin’s natural defense mechanisms, leading to a clearer and more resilient complexion.

Enhanced Barrier Function:

The skin’s barrier function acts as a shield, protecting it from external aggressors and moisture loss. Prebiotics have been shown to strengthen this barrier by increasing the production of ceramides, essential lipids that maintain the skin’s hydration and integrity. By reinforcing the skin’s natural defenses, prebiotics help improve its ability to retain moisture, ward off pollutants, and combat signs of aging.

Calming and Soothing Properties:

If you struggle with sensitive or reactive skin, prebiotics can be a game-changer. They possess anti-inflammatory properties that help calm irritated skin, alleviate redness, and reduce sensitivity. By nurturing the beneficial bacteria on your skin’s surface, prebiotics create a harmonious environment that soothes and balances even the most temperamental skin types.

Brightening and Radiance Boost:

A vibrant and glowing complexion is something we all desire. Prebiotics contribute to this coveted radiance by promoting skin cell turnover and renewal. By supporting the growth of healthy bacteria, prebiotics create an optimal environment for the skin to regenerate and shed dead cells, revealing a fresh and luminous appearance.

Personalized Skincare Solutions:

Each person’s skin is unique, and the same applies to its microbiome. What sets prebiotics apart is their ability to work symbiotically with your skin’s existing microbial community. Unlike probiotics, which introduce external bacteria that may or may not suit your skin, prebiotics act as personalized nourishment for the beneficial bacteria that are already familiar with your skin. This individualized approach helps maintain a balanced microbiome tailored to your specific needs.

Conclusion:

While probiotics have garnered much attention in recent years, it’s essential not to overlook the incredible benefits that prebiotics bring to the table. From supporting the skin’s microbiome balance to enhancing barrier function and soothing sensitivity, prebiotics offer a holistic approach to skincare. By incorporating prebiotic-rich products into your routine, you can tap into the natural power of your skin’s existing ecosystem and unlock a newfound radiance that is uniquely yours. Check out That Beetch skin care line, which all contain active levels of prebiotics. Give your skin the gift of prebiotics, and let the magic unfold.

Sources:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8698766/
[2]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3872021/#:~:text=Propolis%20is%20a%20natural%20resinous,plants%2C%20buds%2C%20and%20exudates.
[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33322005/
[4]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35001491/#:~:text=Propolis%20is%20rich%20in%20flavonoids,%2C%20activation%2C%20and%20growth%20capacity.
[5]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7036894/#:~:text=Propolis%20smoothes%20out%20wrinkles%20and,free%20radicals%20on%20the%20skin.
[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8698766/
[7] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23781260/

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