The world of skincare can be an intimidating place, indeed. There are so many products, so many ingredients. Should you use alpha hydroxy acids? Glycolic acid? Retinol? Or simply soap and water (or, let’s be real, cleanser and SPF because no self-respecting girl uses actual soap on her face!)? So, I’d understand if your reaction to the concept of probiotics in skincare is to roll your eyes and think that the next complexion fad is rolling in—but, I’m telling you, this is the skin care ingredient that you need to know about, now.
Just like in your gut, probiotics create balance in your complexion when things get out of whack. But unlike harsher ingredients, these friendly bacteria won’t stress out or irritate your skin, leaving you with all of the benefits without any of the downsides. Whether in cleanser, moisturizer, or mask form, try adding some probiotics to your skin routine—and let me know in the comments if they work as well for your visage as they do for mine!
I’ve found your perfect summer moisturizer: with its light gel texture, this formula can be used morning or evening for a light—but intense—boost of hydration.
Packing a powerful punch of probiotics as well as skin-nourishing nutrients and humectants, this mask is a serious (but gentle) treatment for acne.
Vegan and paraben-free, this potion is full of super-hydrating coconut water—stash it in your fridge for a soothing treat after a long day in the sun.
What’s better than the power of probiotics for your skin. Probiotics combined with the antioxidant power of vitamin C—together, they make a seriously skin-brightening duo.
This silk cleanser will remove every. Stitch. Of makeup on your face, while glycerin softens and smoothes.
This cream is a serious multitasker: while yogurt probiotics clear up bumps, salicylic acid shrinks pores, while cucumber cleanses. All for one, and one for all, is what I always say!
If you’ve resorted to treating your acne-prone skin with harsh treatments and products, I’d urge you to try this mask instead. With clarifying clay, anti-inflammatory turmeric, and antioxidant blueberry extract, this stuff is seriously like a facial in a jar—and it’ll baby your skin, rather than burn or irritate it.