The Best Probiotic-Infused Beauty Products to Try Now
By now, you probably have some idea that ingesting probiotics are good for you: In addition to promoting a healthy body and brain, probiotics are also linked to glowing skin. This makes a lot of sense once you understand that overall body health begins in the gut—and probiotics (or good bacteria) help diversify and replenish the biome of bacteria in your stomach, aiding with digestion and so many other system's functions.
But the benefits of probiotics don't just come from ingesting fermented foods and taking supplements—they also can help promote clear, radiant skin from the outside in. A little help from an outside source, however, can't hurt. Enter the many probiotic-infused cleaners, face masks, serums, and moisturizers—you name it—on the market today. These friendly-bacteria-rich formulas have generated cult followings; in fact, these products have garnered so much buzz that brands have launched entire skincare lines dedicated probiotic-rich regimens.
We understand why you might be reluctant to introduce bacteria into your beauty routine—especially since we've always thought removing bacteria from our faces was the point of having one at all. As counterintuitive as it might sound to put even good-for-you bacteria on your skin, these ingredients really can help ease redness and protect your skin barrier—which means that your complexion is well protected and can withstand any harsh environmental elements you walk right into, face forward. Believe it or not, topical probiotics are also useful for acne suffers; they can be help soothe a blemish once it flares and event prevent new ones from forming. Here, we've rounded up the best probiotic beauty products to try right now, so you can discover just how effective these formulas are for yourself.
Dealing with blemishes? Forgo a harsh, drying cleanser and stick to a formula that's gentle yet effective. This one contains tea tree oil, a natural antibacterial to ward off breakouts, along with exfoliating lactic acid, antioxidants, and soothing almond milk.
Shop Now: Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser, $42, dermstore.com.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare
To combat dry skin—especially during the harsh winter months—work in an extra dose of hydration in the form of a soothing, redness-reducing mask. Its main ingredient, Greek yogurt (a great probiotic to eat and put on your face), calms inflammation; the formula contains a time-released hydration complex to ensure your skin stays moisturized hours after you put it on.
Shop Now: Korres Hydra Biome Probiotic Superdose Face Mask, $49, sephora.com.
This cleansing peel uses a probiotic enzyme that's derived from green tea. It helps with daily exfoliation by gently removing dead skin cells, evening the skin tone, and refining pores. (Plus, it's also great at removing makeup!)
Shop Now: Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder, $60, neimanmarcus.com.
During the warmer months, use this lightweight gel moisturizer to hydrate, protect the skin barrier, and calm redness. Come winter, use it as a "pre-moisturizer" in a two-step hydration regimen. (In other words, put on a thicker cream after this one if your skin still feels tight.) Probiotics provide protection from the elements, and ginger and red seaweed extract calm irritation.
Shop Now: Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer, $52, sephora.com.
If you have super dry or sensitive skin, forgo a traditional cleanser and stick to a nourishing cleansing balm, since you don't need water (which can actually dry out your face) to use it. This one also contains manuka honey, a natural antibacterial, along with jelly peptides and probiotics to reinforce and strengthen your skin's natural defenses.
Shop Now: Naturopathica Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm, $62, anthropologie.com.
The delicate skin around your eye area can benefit from protecting and strengthening probiotics, too. This cream also contains squalene, which is one of the most beneficial types of moisturizing ingredients out there—it feels really light and absorbs into the skin so well.
Shop Now: Tula Skincare Revitalizing Eye Cream, $52, dermstore.com.
Ren Clean Skincare
If primer is a daily staple for you, do your best to find one that's silicone-free, since the ingredient can clog pores. This one works like a charm. It's filled with probiotics to promote skin cell renewal and agave extract to create a matte, smooth finish.
Shop Now: Ren Clean Skincare Perfect Canvas Clean Primer, $45, sephora.com.