When it comes to beauty, we focus on what we put on our skin. But did you know that glowing, beautiful skin has a lot to do with what happens inside your body? The truth is, your gut and microbiome play a huge role in skin health, and learning how to support a healthy microbiome can give you a fresh and glowy complexion.
The microbiome is a trendy health topic, so even if you read about it, you might not be 100 percent sure what it means exactly.
According to Dr. Joshua Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, the microbiome is “an internal complex ecosystem of bacteria located within our bodies.” And just to give you some context, each microbiome can have anywhere from 10 to 100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells.
In fact, there are more microbial cells in your body than there are human cells. And these microbial cells play a big role in many physiological and psychological functions, including skin health.
The microbiome is a delicate balance of good and bad bacteria, and if they go out of balance, it starts to show.
So, if the skin’s microbiome gets imbalanced, the skin can become red, irritated, dry and even break out.
One way to balance your microbiome is to include healthy probiotic foods into your diet, like kombucha, pickled vegetables, natto, yogurt, and kefir.
You can also use skincare products that contain probiotics, too. Probiotics in skincare help to strengthen the skin barrier and support the growth of new skin cells, while keeping bad bacteria from causing skin problems.
This Tula Probiotic Skincare Purifying Face Cleanser gently cleanses pores while quieting reactions to bad bacteria.
Kombucha is also a popular skincare ingredient, and can offer probiotic benefits, too.