Thanks to the recent resurgence of fermented foods and drinks, we know that all bacteria aren’t necessarily bad guys and that probiotics—also known as the good bacteria—are needed to keep our gut flora balanced. Probiotics, found in foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, miso and tempeh, help us restore a healthy digestive system by fighting off the bad bacteria and therefore protecting our immune system and preventing inflammation.
But did you know that we also have a skin flora? If you think about the 100 million microbes that live on and in our body, it shouldn’t be surprising that our largest organ of the body is dealing with its own set of bacteria, the good and the bad. Normally in a healthy, balanced state, our skin flora’s “army” should be able to fight off bad microbes, but when our immune system is weakened, it can lead to inflammatory diseases, such as dermatitis, acne, rosacea and psoriasis, to name a few.
Tata talks about probiotics in this Allure Facebook Live video, where she shows how to create our Allure Best of Beauty award-winning Purifying Mask at home!
Our digestive system and skin are very closely connected. When one system is out of balance, it usually is an indicator that the other area is affected as well. Therefore, the best approach for a healthy skin and gut is to provide your body with probiotics both internally—via supplementation or your diet—as well as externally, with probiotic enriched skincare. Knowing the unlimited healing benefits of beneficial bacteria for our skin’s health, it made therefore perfect sense for Tata Harper to incorporate probiotics in her Purifying Mask and Clarifying Moisturizer. By boosting the beneficial flora on the surface of the skin with probiotic extracts, you ensure that your protective barrier is intact and therefore strong enough to keep those inflammatory bacteria at bay.
The bottom line is that our body is constantly exposed to millions of different bacteria on a daily basis and fortunately, most of the time we don’t even realize when our army of good bacteria is fighting for our overall health. So let’s not wait until an imbalance in our skin flora is visible! Rather, let’s support it with probiotic enriched skincare and foods.
Author: Vanessa Vorbach
Looking for a Holistic Nutritionist who counts calories, criticizes your food choices and promises you instant weight loss? Vanessa is NOT the right one for you! She believes that your healing journey begins with your plate, and by following a traditional diet of local, whole foods and adapting sustainable changes, you can maintain a balanced lifestyle. She’s experienced many diverse food cultures through working in the wellness industry on 3 different continents, and noticed that one factor remained constant: the less time people spent analyzing their food choices and the more time they spent enjoying food with friends and family, the happier and healthier they were.