When it comes to probiotics, most people think of digestion. We get it — after all, Probulin is all about digestive care. But we’re also thinking about your external health. You skin, as you know, is your body’s largest organ, and in many ways, the most vulnerable. The skin is subject to damage from the environment as well as from, pollutants, and many other challenges.
So perhaps it’s not too surprising to discover that skin health can be supported and nurtured using both topical and internal probiotics.
How It Works
Probiotics have been shown to protect your skin both externally (applied directly to your skin) and internally (ingesting a digestive probiotic supplement). Applied topically, probiotics benefit skin health by:
- Protecting the skin from the sun’s UV radiation
- Supporting brighter healthier skin
- Speeding skin renewal
Taken internally, probiotics help promote a healthy balance of “good bacteria” in the gut, which in turn benefits your skin. Here’s how probiotics help:
- Support healthier more youthful appearance of the skin
- Create a stronger barrier against bacteria and free radicals
- Maintain a healthy balance of skin bacteria
- Reduce challenges associated with atopic skin issues
Why It Works
Your skin surface is actually a complex ecosystem, just like your gut. Maintaining skin health means supporting the “good bacteria” and maintaining a healthy balance of natural skin flora. These good bacteria can help fight bad bacteria that lead to problematic skin challenges. Probiotic skin support works with the body’s natural mechanisms to promote skin health.
In contrast, traditional methods have focused on cleaning the skin as though it were a wall or window—which actually strips away healthy nutrients, moisturizing oils, and good bacteria that help promote and maintain skin health. The result has been increased drying, wrinkling, and vulnerability to infection.
The Gut-Brain-Skin Axis
Heard of it? It’s the idea that every body function is deeply interconnected. Since the 1930’s, scientists have worked to define the connection between healthy gut bacteria and healthy skin. One observation has been that consumption of unfermented milk products is associated with an increase or exacerbation of skin problems, whereas consumption of fermented dairy (yogurt) actually reduces skin problems.
Current thinking is that when gut flora are well balanced, bad bacteria and free radicals are held in check by good bacteria. But when an imbalance exists, the bad bacteria overrun the good and may lead to challenging skin issues. So a combination of digestive and topical probiotics helps shore up the skin’s defenses both from within and without. This is yet another great reason to try both Probulin’s Skin Therapy products and digestive probiotics and enzymes!
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