In recent years, scientists have found a connection between gut health and skin. They have realized that you can help create radiant and beautiful skin from the inside out. Taking care of your gut can help with skin issues such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, premature aging, and so much more!
When we think of bacteria or microbes, we often think of something bad. We may think of bacterial infections or we may know that acne can be an accumulation of oil, dirt, dead skin, and bacteria that gets into our pores. We actually have tons of microbial bugs that exist on our skin and throughout our bodies, including our gut.
You might have heard of the human microbiome before. Micro means super small and biome means a naturally occurring community of life forms – in this case, the human body. So, our bodies are home to a diverse collection of microorganisms, mainly bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The bacteria that thrive in our intestines are crucial. Their function in our health and physiology is so important and may affect a lot of different biological processes in our body like how well our metabolism works to our risk for diabetes and obesity. What is going on in your gut right now is not only helping to determine how your brain performs and responds to signals from your body but also how your skin thinks and communicates with your body. This gut-brain-skin alliance is pretty amazing. If you think about it, our brain communicates with all our organs, so it would only make sense that it would also communicate to your skin.
It has been discovered that we can now use good bacteria to fight bad bacteria in the battle against acne and other skin issues. In recent years, probiotics have gained popularity – and for good reason. Probiotics are beneficial strains of live bacteria that you can ingest through foods, some beverages, and supplements. Research shows that probiotics can help balance the intestinal microbiome and in turn can help balance certain hormones.
Research that is becoming more popular, is the understanding of how topical probiotics can address skin issues. People have come to realize that some kinds of bacteria can secrete natural antibiotics, improve hydration, support collagen production, and produce other substances that are anti-inflammatory, soothing, and calming. Lots of beauty companies are investing heavily in research to create probiotic-rich products, but unfortunately, these cannot contain live strains of bacteria making them not so beneficial to our skin. Thankfully, we can make DIY mask recipes that we can customize to our own personal skin’s needs!
Try this probiotic-rich mask that you can make with just three ingredients. It is wonderful for any skin type – especially skin suffering from acne, psoriasis, or sunburn and can be applied once a week. The probiotics in this mask will give you a topical dose of good bacteria for your skin. The jojoba oil will not clog pores and also has moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. Raw honey is also anti-inflammatory, soothing, and helps balance the bacteria on our skin. This mask should leave your skin feeling glowing, hydrated, and healed!
- ½ tsp. jojoba oil
- ½ tsp. raw organic honey
- 1-2 good quality probiotic capsules
In a small bowl, mix together the jojoba oil and honey. Open the probiotics and empty the contents into the bowl. Mix well. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 15-20 min. Rinse off with warm water and moisturize immediately afterward!
~Amanda Wettstein, Esthetician