Prebiotics can make a big difference to your skin’s microbiome by neutralising the effects of acne bacteria.
If you have spot-prone skin or sensitive skin, read on and discover the many benefits of prebiotic skin care products.
What is a prebiotic?
Prebiotic is the name given to the food source of probiotics. Known as ‘good bacteria’, probiotics are tiny micro-organisms that help protect the body from ‘bad’ types of bacteria.
Found in the skin’s microbiome, ‘bad’ bacteria’ can quickly multiply and if it begins to outnumber ‘good’ bacteria on the skin surface, this can result in the acne, inflammation or bad body odours.
If you have a healthy, balanced diet it is likely that you are consuming a proportion of prebiotics and probiotics.
Probiotics are commonly found in ‘live’ foods such as yoghurt whilst prebiotics are found in green vegetables, whole grains and fruits such as bananas and berries.
Whilst research into the health benefits of prebiotics and probiotics is still in relative infancy, researchers consider the bacteria to have potential for offering immune support and some suggest that some probiotics could even help prevent skin disorders such as eczema.
Why does Green People add prebiotics to its skin care?
The skin’s microbiome is vulnerable to bacterial imbalances, which can cause problems like acne and body odours to develop.
We add prebiotics to our organic skin care products so that they support your skin’s microbiome. Once applied to the skin, the prebiotics will support good bacteria and set to work inhibiting bad bacteria to bring the microbiome back into balance.
Best prebiotic face cream for sensitive skin
If your skin is prone to sensitivity, the safest way to incorporate prebiotic skin care into your beauty regime is by using scent-free beauty products. The Scent Free Light Day Moisturiser is the unscented prebiotic moisturiser that we recommend for spot-prone sensitive skin.
This gentle, non-comedogenic day cream supports the skin barrier as it brings balance to the microbiome to gently calm blemishes and redness. It is a great moisturiser for those whose skin is easily irritated by astringent spot creams and anti-blemish moisturisers.
Its anti-inflammatory actives include hydrating Seaweed, nutrient-rich Avocado Oil, soothing Perilla Oil and Chamomile, an extract renown for quickly calming skin inflammation and restoring skin comfort.
Its anti-blemish action comes from skin-balancing Prebiotics which work in synergy with sebum-balancing Jojoba Oil and Willow Bark Extract, which is rich in anti-inflammatory Salicin and reduces irritation while controlling further breakouts.
Best prebiotic skin care for breakouts
Green People’s Oy! My Skin Goals cleansing routine is specifically formulated to support a healthy skin balance and features a prebiotic called Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide.
Used in the prebiotic face wash Oy! Clear Skin Cleansing Moisturiser, it supports a healthy skin balance while Willow Bark & Green Tea reduce inflamed spots and restrict the growth of bad bacteria.
Encourage your teen to apply this after cleansing with the Oy! Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash and together these products will decongest and balance the skin without causing irritation or stimulating excess sebum production.
To reduce scarring, target spots as soon as they emerge with the Oy! Clear Skin Purifying Serum before smoothing on the Oy! Clear Skin Cleansing Moisturiser. These both contain regenerating Rosehip which can help to restore skin smoothness.
Older teens and those still experiencing oily skin in their 20 and 30s may prefer to use our Day Solution Moisturiser which combines the benefits of 5 spot-fighting actives into one hydrating face cream for combination and oily skin.
Willow Bark Extract provides a natural anti-inflammatory action and quickly calms red and irritated acne. To prevent pimples returning, Prebiotics work in synergy with purifying Pineapple Extract, Jojoba and Rose Geranium to decongest pores, slow sebum production and balance the skin's natural flora.
Apply after cleansing with the Nordic Roots Micellar Cleaning Foam. This gently lifts dirt from the pores and has a slight AHA action to refine the purify the skin without stripping away the oils than skin needs to stay balanced and supple.
To help your anti-blemish moisturiser absorb, exfoliate once a week or detox the skin by applying our Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask. After use oily skin will feel soft, mattified and ready to utilise the skin-balancing actives in your anti-blemish moisturiser.
Do you have a question about prebiotic skin care? Our UK customer team can help you build a prebiotic skin care routine that’s tailored to your needs and can be contacted on 01403 740350.
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