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What is Probiotic Skincare?

If you’ve heard the word probiotics, you’ve probably heard that they’re a good thing, but beyond that, it can seem a little confusing. There are lots of different ways to access gain the benefits of probiotics, with yoghurts and food supplements often being a popular choice. But did you know you can also apply probiotics topically, using probiotic skincare? Read our quick guide to probiotic skincare including what it is, what it does and where you can get your hands on it. 

What are probiotics? 

Probiotics are more commonly referred to as “good bacteria”. These are live organisms that help your body maintain its natural balance. This applies to your skin in the same was as any other organ, with probiotics helping to kill off unwanted bad bacteria that might arise as a result of health conditions or environmental stressors. One caveat here is that skincare often uses probiotic derivatives. These are non-living organisms classified as “postbiotics” that carry most of the same benefits as living probiotics, but which typically have a longer shelf life. 

It’s also important to note that “probiotics” is an umbrella term that encompasses a range of different types and benefits, so you’ll need to find the best probiotics for your skin. 

You might have also heard about probiotics in conjunction with prebiotics. If you’re wondering what the difference is, prebiotics help to lay the ground for your probiotics, enabling them to do their best work. Good probiotic skincare will often also be enriched with prebiotics to help you get maximum benefits. 

Probiotic benefits for skin 

Different probiotics have different benefits, but a few are favoured in skincare. The best products use a blend of different probiotic and prebiotic ingredients that complement each other. The balancing effects of probiotics are often utilized to help protect and restore the skin, combatting some of the effects of everyday stressors such as stress, hormones and the outside environment as well as sun damage.  

Probiotics are employed to strengthen the skin barrier, which also helps to lock in moisture and can be beneficial for those looking for ways to tackle dry or dehydrated skin. They’re also thought to help boost the production of collagen, which makes skin look plumper and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How can you incorporate skin probiotics? 

To get maximum benefits from probiotic skincare, try and incorporate it into your daily routine. The key is finding the products that work for you and that you’ll be able to apply as part of your regular routine to ensure consistent protection. The skin on your face is particularly delicate and is regularly exposed to harsh environments, so it’s great to start with facial and eye-care creams. 

Our Advanced Genifique Serum is a probiotic serum that can be applied twice a day as part of your beauty routine. The formula has been enriched with a complex of 7 prebiotic- and probiotic-derived extracts that are also supported by ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid. The formula targets signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and uneven tones and textures and is designed to suit all skin types. Simply apply to clean, dry skin by spreading across your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck using your hands. Glide down in long strokes, starting from the centre of your face. Pay extra attention to your t-zone, upper and lower lip and jawline for visible results.

For the sensitive area around your eyes, try our specially formulated Advanced Genifique Eye Cream. This provides intense hydration to help you achieve brighter, younger-looking eyes that feel healthier and happier. The silky texture is easy to apply by sweeping a small amount gently under and above your eyes. Use gentle strokes across any crow’s feet and dab gently around the eye area to finish. 

For those with particularly sensitive skin, we’ve come up with our Advanced Genifique Serum for Sensitive Skin. As well as our signature blend of prebiotic- and probiotic-derived extracts, this formula incorporates Ferulic acid, known for its antioxidant properties, and Vitamin E. It’s designed for gentle soothing that helps to improve the signs of stressed skin, tackling dullness and dryness to leave you feeling refreshed. Apply it morning and night, using the dropper to apply the product to a clean pad or cloth.  

Feeling ready to switch to a science-based skincare routine? Explore our Genifique range for more probiotic skincare to make sure you get the most out of every step. 

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