Trends in 2019 may focus on the body as a whole including the microbiome in our gut, but the skin also has a microbiome.
The skin has its own natural collection of bacteria and other microorganisms. We know that an abnormal microbiome is associated with disease states like eczema and acne and even premature aging, but it’s predicted that probiotic products — filled with “good bacteria” — will give way to prebiotic products in 2019.
Prebiotics are foods (usually carbohydrates) that when eaten help maintain digestive and other parts of the body. They do this by increasing the production of probiotics, which are the good bacteria in the body that keep our insides balanced and healthy.
Foods with prebiotics include garlic, onions, oats, barley, wheat bran, asparagus, bananas, and flaxseed as well as a plant fiber known as inulin, found in chicory root. As it turns out, there are benefits when these ingredients are applied to the skin.
Some of these plant extracts or their derivatives are included in skincare products (like serums and moisturizers) so you can apply prebiotics to enhance your skin’s microbiome.
So watch out for them when you are looking for skincare, and if you have any questions- we’re happy to help!! .
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