The skin is incredibly complex and can be thrown off by any number of things. But there’s good news. Probiotics can help restore the balance and promote healthy-looking skin. And even more good news! Probiotics can be found in a number of skin care products, so support your microbiome is easier than ever before. With the right probiotic skin care, you can address your skin concerns and experience a healthier-looking complexion more often. Be sure to check out our blog all about how do probiotics work to learn more.
You may find it surprising how many of your skin care products contain probiotics already. These helpful ingredients in probiotic skin care products aren’t typically listed as “probiotics” on the label. Skin care labels can be confusing and require a bit of research to decode for those of us without a chemistry degree. Once you determine how probiotics show up on ingredient lists, though, you’ll be easily able to spot them when you shop.
Common Probiotic Ingredients in Skin Care
Look for anything with lactobacillus, bifidobacterium, vitreoscilla (we know, they’re a mouthful), or “ferment” in the name. While there are literally thousands of probiotic strains, a common one you’ll find on the label of your favorite probiotic skin care is Lactococcus ferment lysate. Ingredients such as xylitol, inulin, and oligosaccharides are also helpful as these are prebiotics or elements that feed the growth of probiotic bacteria. These ingredients help support the growth and maintenance of beneficial bacteria on the skin.
While they may sound complex, the great news is that a topical probiotic is simple to incorporate and easy to come by. Plus, probiotics are gentle to use for everyone, so all skin types can reap their wonderful benefits. The products that feature these mighty ingredients will vary, though. That being said, you should always choose products that suit your skin type and concerns.
How To Determine Which Ingredients are Right For You
If You Have Dry SkinProbiotics help lock in moisture and strengthen the skin's barrier. For these reasons, they are incredibly beneficial for those with dry skin, chronically or occasionally. The skin barrier’s chief responsibility is to keep moisture from escaping so when it’s strong, it does this quite well.
Lock in moisture all over your body with our AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum. This serum combines moisture-locking Xylitol and barrier-strengthening probiotics with the exfoliating credentials of Lactic Acid. So, not only is your skin more hydrated but also more smooth. Grab the duo, which also includes our Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask so you can experience moisture-locked, smooth skin all over.
Prep your skin for these benefits by first showering with the Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Body Wash, which features inulin, a powerful prebiotic that can help support bacteria’s healthy balance.
If You Have Sensitive SkinWhether you suffer from blemish-prone skin, irritation, or redness, probiotic skin care can help. Reach for Evercalm™ Anti-Redness Serum, which contains prebiotics inulin and alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, and postbiotics such as ceramides, in addition to a whole host of skin-saving ingredients. This calming formula will help reduce redness and sensitivity by strengthening the skin barrier and soothe skin while it’s at it.
If You Want Healthy-Looking SkinDreaming of a healthy complexion? Probiotic skin care can help with this. Packed with the probiotics and prebiotics Lactococcus Ferment Lysate and Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, our Perfect Canvas Clean Primer helps lock in moisture, strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, keep skin looking healthy, and support the skin's natural skin microbiome. Apply it after moisturizer and before makeup to experience all these benefits that will ultimately give you a smoother complexion.
Take a Personal Approach to Probiotic SkincareThe skin microbiome is not only delicate but different for everyone. This is why it’s important to take a personal approach to your skin care regimen… following the same routine as a beauty guru with a flawless complexion (seemingly) won’t necessarily benefit you the same way. While most probiotic skin care ingredients are deemed safe to use, it’s always a good idea to discuss changes to your skin care regimen with your dermatologist first.
Here at REN, we use only the ingredients that work with your skin and produce results. Discover our line of clean probiotic skincare and see what we mean.
Probiotics & Prebiotics in Dermatology
About the Author
Camille Poggi is a doctor in Pharmacy (PharmD.) and is passionate about skincare and how the skin works in general. She specializes in the cosmetic industry and worked for renowned companies in France like L’Oréal and Chanel before moving to London. After being a training manager for 4 years, Camille is at ease with explaining how products work in the skin and how to adapt her speech according to the audience.
She joined REN in January 2020 as International Training Manager and moved to the Research & Development team earlier this year to be the new Scientific Education Manager. A tailored-made role where she assesses and leads all technical communication and ensures scientific compliance is always met. She’s also involved in new product development from the earliest stages. Finding a way to create sustainable skincare products and making sure the message is properly delivered and understood is definitely a big challenge but also her favorite part working for REN.