Everything You Need To Know About Inulin

January 03 2022 – Genevieve Chaplin

Everything You Need To Know About Inulin - Simply Softr

Everything You Need To Know About Inulin - Simply Softr

 

UV exposure, over-exfoliating, harmful commercial products and oxidative stress are some factors that disrupt the skin microbiome. To maintain your skins' natural flora, it may help to invest in biome skincare such as topical prebiotics, probiotics & postbiotics.

Our skin is covered in bacteria that are good and essential in protecting the skin (and gut) from infections and inflammations. Yes, you read that correctly! Not all bacteria are bad, despite their age-old reputation.

The ecosystem of bacteria on our skin is known as the skin's microbiome and it is the skins' first line of defence against harmful pathogens. A skewed microbiome balance results in the weakening of the skin barrier leading to skin ailments like acne, inflammation and eczema.

How do you maintain the skin microbiome?

UV exposure, over-exfoliating, harmful commercial products and oxidative stress are some factors that disrupt the skin microbiome. To maintain your skins' natural flora, it may help to invest in biome skincare such as topical prebiotics, probiotics & postbiotics.  

Prebiotics 101

Prebiotics should not be confused with probiotics, even though they sound similar. Prebiotics are not bacteria, though they are a beneficial energy source for the good bacteria (probiotics) on your skin. The use of prebiotic ingredients in skincare provides an ideal environment for good bacteria to thrive. It also significantly reduces skin inflammation-causing bacteria without eliminating good bacteria.

Prebiotics are found in nature and within countless foods (eg. onions, garlic, bananas and Jerusalem artichokes). Our skincare contains a unique prebiotic complex with the hero ingredient being the powerhouse prebiotic, inulin, which is derived from Chicory root. 

What is Inulin?

Inulin helps maintain the healthy appearance of the skin by balancing the skin's microbiome. Another amazing skin property of Inulin is that it deeply hydrates the skin, even more so than the ever popular hyaluronic acid. Inulin is a prebiotic ingredient currently making headlines in the skincare world.  It is a naturally occurring fructose polysaccharide found in the roots and rhizomes of several plants, such as the Jerusalem artichoke and chicory root (as previously mentioned).

Inulin in Skincare

Inulin is a natural water drawing magnet, aka a humectant. It pulls moisture from the environment into the skin and keeps it deeply hydrated. It is also an excellent skin-conditioning agent as it forms a thin protective film on the skin surface leaving it smooth, supple and hydrated. As a skincare ingredient, it offsets factors that lead to redness, dryness and wrinkling in areas like your eyes and mouth.

Topical application of Inulin via skincare helps probiotics thrive, keeping your skin youthful while strengthening the skin's protective barrier.

Baker’s Yeast in Skincare

Another prebiotic we use in our skincare formulations is, yes, you read that correctly, bakers yeast! Yeast is present everywhere, from your favourite glass of wine to your healthy skincare formulas. Yeast is loaded with amino acids, antioxidants, proteins, minerals and B vitamins that our skin adores.
Many high-end beauty brands already use yeast as a skincare ingredient as its structure is very similar to that of human cells. When baker's yeast is applied topically as a prebiotic via skincare, it is super hydrating, anti-aging and brightening. It also incites the production of collagen. 

Bottom Line

In term of prebiotics, Inulin is one of the most studied. Its inclusion in Simply Softr skincare products helps support the skin's microbiome. The use of prebiotics like Inulin, in topical skincare, can significantly reduce the inflammation of the bacteria (acne-causing bacteria) without harming the necessary bacteria allowing your skin to return to its natural, healthy equilibrium. 


References

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/yeast-the-surprisingly-beneficial-new-skin-care-125729261908.html
https://www.activeskin.com.au/blog/skinstitut-microbiome-micellar-water-should-you-be-using-prebiotics-in-your-skincare/
https://beminimalist.co/blogs/skin-care/inulin-a-great-prebiotic-for-skin
https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/ingredient-spotlight/everything-you-need-know-about-prebiotics-skin.html
https://incidecoder.com/ingredients/inulin
https://whatsinmyjar.com/entries/119/what-is-inulin-and-is-it-helpful-in-skincare
https://beautybydrkay.com/benefits-of-prebiotics-inulin/

Disclaimer: This blog post is solely for informative purposes. Even though research indicates that prebiotics/probiotics can alleviate certain skin conditions, we do not make any therapeutic or medical claims about our skincare. Our skincare is meant only for cosmetic purposes.

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