1. How do microbial flora help our skin?
2. Why do we need probiotics?
3. How to protect your skin’s friendly bacteria?
a. Avoid astringent cleansers, such as those containing salicylic acid.
b. In the morning, cleanse with a lotion rather than foaming gel and simply rinse your face. This will protect bacteria that have multiplied overnight. In the evening, cleanse with a milk rather than a gel or micellar water, both of which tend to be harsher.
c. Go for products that are preservative-free (or as near as), such as oil-based treatments or those in small containers. The smaller the container, the fewer the preservatives!
d. Avoid piping hot water, which can kill off cutaneous flora. Try to keep your water temperature between the 32-34°C mark.
e. Use antibacterial hand gels sparingly. They preventy our flora from multiplying. Your best option is a gentle soap.
4. What about cosmetic probiotics?
Then there are prebiotics, which feed the probiotics naturally present in our skin. But, most importantly of all, analysing skin's microbiotica can help you find ways to calm and treat various skin conditions including atopic skin.
Not all bacteria are harmful, and probiotics are one such example of bacteria that not helps keep your gut healthy but also improves your skin. Skincare with probiotics are a quick and easy way to maximise and benefit from the skin-enhancing properties of this friendly bacteria.
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