Jan. 30-- We've all heard of taking probiotics-whether in food or in supplement form to keep our gut and digestive system healthy. But recently, probiotics have been taking center stage in the form of skin care.

Advanced scientific findings have recently discovered the benefits probiotics offer. Along with ever-increasing public interest and demand, a new crop of topical beauty products-cleansers, moisturizers, masks and serums-have swept the skin care market.

So how does probiotic skin care work? On top of our skin's physical barrier lives a layer of natural bacteria that helps promote healthy skin function. Overzealous cleansing, harsh exfoliation and chemical peels can often deplete the skin's probiotic population, leading to conditions such as eczema, rosacea and acne-all of which create inflammation, the driving factor of skin aging.

Topical products enhanced with probiotics have a calming effect on the skin, thanks to its "good bacteria" that helps cells flourish. Probiotics work as essential housekeepers, boosting cell immunity, maintaining a healthy surface barrier and secreting antibacterial and anti-inflammatory substances that help with conditions like acne, eczema and rosacea.

So is it time to feed our face? As the buzz around probiotics continues, we've rounded up eight probiotic skin care products that promise to cultivate the skin's friendly bacteria and maintain a radiant, healthy complexion.


This award-winning British brand uses the power of probiotics in its botanical skin care line to help manage levels of inflammation from within. The aptly named Miracle Cleanser is creamy and nourishing-packed with probiotics and peptides essential for youthful radiance. It also comes with an antibacterial muslin cloth to sweep away dead cells for a brighter, fresher complexion.


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