September 20 2021 – Genevieve Chaplin
Did you know that not all bacteria are bad?! In fact, there’s a clan of good bacteria that live on your skin. Alongside trillions of other tiny organisms including viruses and fungi, these good bacteria act as an added layer to protect, defend and strengthen your skin.
The skins ecosystem is referred to as the skin's microbiome. It has various benefits and plays a pivotal role in the skin's complexion. Maintaining the health of the skin microbiome is essential to keep skin ailments at bay, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dryness and even sensitivity. You can look after your skin microbiome in a number of ways, including the use of prebiotic skincare.
So, What Are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics have become a fond addition to the personal care industry. They help the good bacteria (aka probiotics) to serve their purpose. In basic terms, prebiotics are the food source and fuel for the good bacteria. They help fight off harmful pathogens which helps maintain skin balance and reduce skin issues.
A healthy skin microbiome equals a glowing and revitalised complexion. However, there are various factors that affect the skin microbiome and its overall health. These factors include over cleansing, the use of harmful commercial products, stress & even environmental pollution. These factors strip our skin of the good bacteria which lowers its natural defences.
There are many skincare brands that already have prebiotic skincare products, or are expanding their ranges to include microbiome friendly collections. We've curated a result-driven list of some of the biggest and best names in the market.
Galinee Prebiotic Cleansing Bar
Gallinée is a skincare brand that focuses on pre and probiotic ingredients. It's a renowned name in the prebiotic skincare industry and is loved by many. This specific cleansing bar has a pH of 5.8 to mimic our skin's natural pH level. The cleansing bar boasts a patent and scientifically backed formula of complex prebiotics and lactic acid that nourish and help the good bacteria on the skin to thrive.
Murad Prebiotic Skincare Range
Murad launched its prebiotic skincare range back in 2018, and it has since become a cult favourite. The range is formulated with "prebiotic hydrating sugars" that feed the skin's microbiome. The 4-in-1 Multi Cleanser is a gel-to oil facial cleanser that fuels good bacteria, removes makeup, dirt and excess oil without being too harsh on the skin. Follow this up with the Prebiotic 3-in-1 Multi-Mist which is packed with prebiotic goodness, and helps to further replenish the skin. It can be used as a makeup primer and/or as a setting spray. Its potent ingredients like xylitol, jicama and beet work as prebiotics to give skin a healthier glow, support the barriers to hydration, increase skin resilience and improve overall skin health.
Ren Clean Skincare
In 2019, Ren skincare launched a skin barrier collection that contained microbiome friendly skincare products to help balance, soothe, and deliver hydration. The aim of this microbiome friendly skincare was to strengthen the skins’ ability to retain moisture & help protect the microbiome from pollution.
Ren skincare founder, Rob Calcraft, bets on the skin microbiome so much he just launched a new beauty startup called ‘Cultured’ which is a pro-biome brand. Rob Calcraft believes the next evolution of natural skincare is the skin microbiome. We agree with you on that, Rob!
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.