The beauty industry is constantly coming out with new fads, and experimental ingredients that they believe are the next big thing. You might think that probiotics are just another one of these trends, but we believe that it’s here to stay, and it's revolutionary.
We’re here to tell you all about why probiotic skincare is worth it. Probiotics for your skin work similarly to those intended for gut health by restoring essential bacteria and rebalancing the skin microbiome.There has been significant research showing that probiotics in skincare offer several benefits for your health.
Why Are Probiotics Trending?
The microorganisms known as probiotics are intended to have health benefits when consumed or applied to your body. People have often thought about bacteria for your skin in a negative light, but recently, it's been shown that not all bacteria are harmful to you like we may have thought.
Some bacteria help to digest your food, destroy pathogens or produce vitamins. Many of the microorganisms found in probiotic products are very similar to those that already live in our bodies. A 2012 National Health Interview Survey showed that about 4 million adults had used probiotics in the last 20 days. The use of probiotics quadrupled between 2007 and 2012, meaning that people started to show interest in the usage of live bacteria for your body.
The reason probiotics are getting so much attention these days is that many of the things we thought we knew about skincare and bacteria were simply wrong. Our obsession with getting our skin “clean” caused a severe imbalance in the skin microbiome.
To put it simply, the skin microbiome can be thought of as an ecosystem. All of the microorganisms that live on your skin have a purpose and exist to help or harm you. When your skin microbiome is in balance, the good bacteria outweigh the harmful bacteria. This allows your skin to be as bright and vibrant as possible. A lot of skin conditions are also made worse or caused by an imbalance in the skin microbiome.
How Probiotics Work To Balance
Many species of bacteria live on the surface of your skin. These bacteria are for fighting infection and protecting against environmental stressors. They even work to keep skin hydrated and regulate your pH levels. However, there are many things that can throw the bacterial balance off. Certain face washes, soaps and antibiotics can all cause harmful bacteria to build upon the skin.
This type of harmful bacteria can cause acne, dryness, flaky skin, eczema, and rosacea. Topical probiotics have live cultures of good bacteria to balance out your skin when it's out of whack.
Compared to the bacteria in your gut, the skin microbiome is still an emerging area of research. However, we know that probiotics influence your microflora by occupying space on your skin and excreting metabolites. The probiotics prevent pathogenic bacteria from taking over your skin and causing more problems. Bacteria also excretes enzymes that protect the skin and reduce bacteria overgrowth.
Topical probiotics act as a protective shield against harmful bacteria and help to dial down tension. They also work to prevent premature aging and repair skin function. If you still aren’t convinced that probiotic skincare is worth it, let us introduce you to Mother Dirt, a revolutionary skin care line of biotic-infused products.
Mother Dirt Skin Care
Mother Dirt is a company founded on science and natural ingredients. We’ve discovered what’s known as Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB), which we use in our AO+Restorative Mist. Over 100 years ago, our skin contained AOB, and it protected our skin from everything bad. But on most modern skin, it’s nowhere to be found. We know that it existed because of a group of people in the Amazon rainforest called the Yanomami Tribe.
These people were untouched by traditional products and still had AOB on their skin. Our MIT scientists found a way to biohack AOB back into the skin through our AO+Restorative Mist. It’s a patented and first of its kind product which uses AOB to produce Nitric Oxide and Nitrite. Both of these byproducts are essential to a balanced skin microbiome. It’s designed for all skin types and protects your skin from harmful bacteria.
Next up, we have our Mother Dirt Probiotic Foaming Cleanser made to do more than just clean your skin. It uses a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to help balance your skin’s microbiome. The Cleanser is formulated with prebiotics from chicory root and rose water to help remove impurities and maintain an optimal pH level. This is done without stripping your skin of its essential balance, which leaves it balanced and refreshed. This Cleanser is also oil-free, sulfate-free and has been dermatologically and clinically tested.
To follow the Cleanser, we have our Mother Dirt Probiotic Moisturizing Serum. It’s specially formulated to nourish your skin. It uses squalane and essential fatty acids to nourish and moisturize, while our powerful blend of probiotic extracts helps balance your skin microbiome. Your skin will feel nourished and reveal a glowing, healthier-looking complexion. Our Serum is also non-comedogenic and has been dermatologically approved to help dry skin without leaving it greasy.
A Gentle Approach To Clean
It’s not uncommon for cleansers and serums to contain harsh ingredients which can strip your skin of its natural oils. This leaves it feeling dry and even flaky sometimes. In the winter, this is especially a problem because of the lack of moisture in the air. Using a probiotic cleanser and skincare regime helps to fortify the skin’s microflora and keep the barrier healthy and strong.
Probiotic moisturizers can help any type of skin that you have, especially those who struggle with irritation. For those with acne-prone skin, probiotics are particularly useful for getting rid of the bacteria which cause acne. Mother Dirt only uses beneficial ingredients for your skin, including tons of live and active probiotic extracts.
How To Choose The Right Probiotic Skin Care
When choosing between probiotic skincare options, it’s crucial to pay attention to ingredients that brands may be trying to hide. One of the most common ingredients to look out for is parabens. These are a group of chemicals used to help preserve cosmetic products and have been around since the 1920s. Many products contain ingredients that biodegrade over time, so parabens reduce the growth of bacteria and mold.
Many studies suggest that parabens disrupt hormones in the body and harm fertility. They can also cause skin irritation and increase your risk for cancer. Common names for parabens located in products are isobutyl-, butyl-, isopropyl- and propylparaben. Look for ingredient labels that specify that their product is paraben-free.
How To Protect The Good Bacteria
Probiotics are a great step towards protecting the good bacteria in your body, but there are more things you can do for your body to keep your friendly bacteria where it belongs.
- Stay away from soap-based cleansers. These will strip your skin of their natural oils and bacteria.
- In the morning, use a probiotic cleanser and water to wash your face.
- Use cleansers that are non-drying and formulated without harsh surfactants or synthetic fragrance.
Since everyone’s skin is different, the perfect routine for you might take some tweaking. Try using probiotic skincare a little at a time and watch for any irritation that pops up. Allergies to natural skin care are rare but possible. You can also try doing a patch test before applying a new product to your face to make sure your skin can tolerate new products.
Mother Dirt Ingredient Transparency
There’s no need to wonder what’s in any of Mother Dirt’s products. We keep a list of ingredients on our website in our glossary. There, you’ll find every ingredient we use and an explanation for it too.
Looking to get started with probiotic skincare? We have two starter kits for newcomers. The Peacekeeper contains the foundations of our Active Probiotic System to repair the damage caused by environmental stressors and modern-day hygiene. It’s an excellent option for all skin types and includes our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Probiotic Moisturizing Serum and AO+ Restorative Mist and is the perfect introduction to our Mother Dirt.
The Difference offers a new way to treat acne. It’s formulated to work together as an Active Probiotic System for acne-prone skin to clarify, soothe and clear problem skin. It contains our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Daily Acne Treatment Lotion and AO+ Restorative Mist.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, we think that probiotic skincare is worth every cent. Investing in live bacteria for the health of your skin is one of the best decisions you can make, and we’re only a little biased. Try our Active Probiotic System today to transform the way you care for your skin.