Balance your microbiome with healthy prebiotics
Millions of microbes live on the surface of your skin. This neighborhood of living things is referred to as your microbiome, and it’s home to an incredibly diverse range of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. But before you run to the shower to exfoliate in a fit of terror, hear us out. They are (mostly) your friends! So, put down that loofah, grab a cup of tea, and learn how you can help them help you get balanced beautiful skin.
WHAT ARE YOGURT POWDER AND INULIN?
Yogurt contains powerful natural prebiotics that satisfy your gut microflora. When used topically, it helps your microbiome play defense against the elements. In order to create an effective topical format for applying these friendly bacteria, yogurt is dried and turned into a powder.
Inulin is a naturally occurring prebiotic sugar present in a lot of foods. You can find high amounts of inulin in wheat, chicory, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, red onions, and shallots. Both Yogurt Powder and Inulin are key ingredients of our Balancing Milky Cleanser. Before we get to the benefits, let’s talk about why your microbiome needs more of these healthy microbes, and how your body utilizes them.
WHY IS MY MICROBIOME IMPORTANT?
You know how sometimes your skin feels dry and flaky, and others it feels like you’re on the verge of a breakout, and then other times it feels just fine? Well, guess who’s responsible for all of that? Yep. It’s all of those teeny-tiny microbes. If we keep them happy, then there are a lot of benefits in store. Keeping your microbiome healthy is the clearest and cleanest path to good skin.
WHAT DO MICROBES DO?
Microbes come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, and they have various functions. The good ones help our gut break down food that we consume, allowing our bodies to absorb and utilize vitamins and minerals from what we eat. If you get food poisoning, for example, it’s the good microbes in your gut that help fight off the ones that are making you feel ill. Externally, they coat our skin with a shield to the elements, helping fight off harmful bacteria and viruses.
HOW TO KEEP A HEALTHY MICROBIOME
In the world of bacteria, there are prebiotics and probiotics. Probiotics do the hard work, but they need to eat. And they need to eat well. This is where prebiotics enter the microbiotic scene, and quality matters. Good feeding for probiotics usually features prebiotics that have a lot of natural fiber. Rather than containing living bacteria like probiotics, prebiotics are short-chain carbohydrates that exist within fruits and vegetables.
When hungry probiotics feed on healthy, fiber-rich prebiotics, they can promote overall microbiome health. One of the ways they do this is through microbial diversity, and the more diverse and flourishing your microbiome is, the healthier it becomes.
HOW CAN YOGURT POWDER AND INULIN HELP MY MICROBIOME?
Yogurt powder has both moisturizing and prebiotic properties contained within it. When you cleanse your skin, the water-binding proteins in Yogurt Powder help stimulate the growth good bacteria while simultaneously decreasing harmful bacteria. It also contains vitamins A and B to help firm and condition your skin. All you need is a once-over with yogurt powder to achieve these results, meaning it’s effective as a wash-away cleanser.
Inulin is a prebiotic extracted from chicory root, a vegetable sugar polysaccharide. In addition to hydrating your skin (it’s known to outperform hyaluronic acid in water retention) it also has a superior ability to help fight free-radicals. Inulin is a naturally derived, raw, and non-irritating product so it’s ideal for anyone with sensitive skin.
HOW TO ADD YOGURT POWDER AND INULIN TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Our Balancing Milky Cleanser contains a unique formula of Yogurt Powder and Inulin, along with prebiotic Irish Moss and probiotic Lactobacillus Ferment. Irish Moss helps hold onto moisture from the water when washing your face, and Lactobacillus Ferment helps fortify your skin barrier, repair damaged skin, rebalance your skin flora, and reduce the growth of harmful bacteria.
Together, these ingredients shape up into a hydration powerhouse that cleanses while helping to increase the moisture content of your skin and encourage moisture retention throughout the day. You’ll love applying the milky, soothing formula to your skin and the noticeable infusion of hydration after you rinse it away. Say goodbye to that dry, unpleasant feeling you get after cleansing. There’s a newer, creamier, more hydrating cleanser in town!