Let’s Talk Bacteria

Did you know… there is more bacteria living in your gut than there are people living on this earth. It’s an astronomical number – there are 100 trillion bacteria living in your intestines right now. Wow, now that’s a lot of bacteria!

Fortunately, most of these are good bacteria like lactobacillus or acidophilus. You may have heard of them in yogurt products like Activia, Kefir or Yakult. They help with digestion of foods through digestive enzymes and they enhance immune function and fight bad bugs called pathogens. Pathogens are infectious agents, germs or biological agents that causes disease or illness to its host. In this case, they can make YOU very sick!

Live Microorganisms

According to the official definition, probiotics are “live microorganisms that when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”.

You can get probiotics from supplements as well as foods that are prepared by bacterial fermentation. Foods include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi and others. Many probiotic supplements combine different species together in the same supplement. These are known as broad-spectrum probiotics or multi-probiotics.

What Are Probiotics?

The most common groups include Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. There are also many different species within each group and each species have many strains.  Interestingly, different probiotics seem to work for different health conditions.

Probiotics are usually bacteria, but there is also a type of yeast that can function as a probiotic. They can be obtained from supplements as well as foods that are prepared by bacterial fermentation.

Top 10 Probiotic-Rich Foods

1. Kefir                                                                  6.  Yoghurt

2. Sauerkraut                                                     7.  Kvass

3. Kimchi                                                              8.  Miso

4. Coconut Kefir                                                9.  Kombucha

5. Natto                                                               10.Raw Dairy

Role in Skin Care

Topical probiotics influence the skin’s microbiome which is a collection of natural bacteria that live on the skin and help promote healthy skin cell function. In a nutshell, topical probiotics can help restore the balance of the skin which can lead to visible reduction in redness and irritation and can also help the skin better resist free radical attack. Probiotics are becoming an important part of any skin care routine.

Which Skin Conditions Would Benefit From Probiotic?

Pretty much all skins however, if you have sensitive skin, very dry or dehydrated skin and acne and probiotic is a must for your skin care routine.

We have a couple of options for you here at Complete Beauty

Kalahari PhytoFlora Serum – $69.95 15ml

This serum is to be used during the day under your preferred moisturiser. It helps to re-balance the bacteria on your skin as well as your skin pH. It will also help to oxygenate your skin cells and creates a firming and tightening effect on the skin.

Nimue Problematic Trans Dermal Solution – $79.95 30ml

This superfluid helps to balance the bacteria on the surface of the skin, especially for an acne skin type. It helps to reduce any redness and inflammation.

If you are not sure which one is best for you please come and see us in the Salon.